Will WissmanCameraCanon EOS-1D Mark II NLensEF70-200mm f/2.8L USMISO100F-Stopf 5.6Shutter Speed1/1250About the shotReggie Crist was one of the first skiers to pioneer heli-skiing in Haines over a decade ago. Here, he unlocks the door to a tricky first descent of The Tongue, located on the east-facing flank of Mount Kraus. It was the beginning of April and we were locked into perfect conditions.I distinctly remember my first look at Mount Kraus. It sits high above the surrounding peaks at a lofty 7200-feet. The eastern flank of Kraus is riddled in ice and contains a perfect ramp right down the gut, as seen in the photo. To enter the line Reggie had to manage a difficult maze of cracks and cliffs. Once he opened the door, it was clean all the way through.At first glance I knew an opposing view would offer the best angle on the ice field. I was able to find the perfect perch looking right in on the slope. as I set up my equipment tension began to build. Was reggie going to find his way in? Were the cracks filled in enough for a skier to bridge? Would he ski it fast and fluid? These were the essential ingredients to making the shot stand out. Before Reggie reached the bottom of his run I knew the image would be strong. He had flashed the line leaving a perfect track. Stoke was high as everything had come together.BiographyI grew up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Born from a tattoo artist and an artisan consignment shop owner, I never did quite fit in with the normal crowd. Let’s just say, the other kids’ parents didn’t seem to appreciate art like we did. I moved to Alta in 1995 to follow my childhood passion of skiing powder snow. I ended up getting on the snowmaking crew, which to this day has been my favorite job. I got to roll around in the mountains all night and watch the most amazing sunrises. After that first year I bought an old Minolta camera with a blazing four frames per second shutter from a buddy and started shooting my friends. My photography has grown along with the arsenal of equipment but the premise has always remained the same.