The trail is called 'Roca Verde'. The forest and rocks lined up like something that could only exist in our dreams. The forest was among the lushest in the Whistler valley, the terrain was the perfect pitch for going full send, and I knew it was going to look amazing on camera. The trail was designed to have multiple reveals, smooth arching corners, and jumps off natural terrain while still having the ability to hold plenty of speed. The idea was to mimic the best parts of tree skiing through old growth forest on a pow day full of pillows. We spent a few months building the line while trying to leave the surrounding moss and vegetation as untouched as possible. This in turn made the shoot itself as simple as waiting for the right light at the greenest time of year and riding as fast as humanly possible. What I loved most about the shot was how well it captured the feeling of riding Roca Verde at it's most beautiful time of year.
About the shot
I am a mountain biker, trail builder, and traveler living life outside and sharing my passions and adventures with the world. I was born and raised in British Columbia's coastal mountains which led to me pursuing skiing and mountain biking adventures throughout my whole life. By circumstance, some luck, and a whole lot of randomness, I found myself immersed in the media side of mountain biking.
After years of working with many ultra talented photographers and filmers, I was inspired to pick up a camera myself. More importantly, those same talented people let me pick their brains and patiently answered any technical questions I had on how to properly use cameras and editing programs. Not only did they influence me to pick up a camera, they also helped inspire me to build trails differently. I began to build trails with aesthetics in mind first, even if it was the much more difficult way to go.
I still spend a lot of time riding in front of the camera, but I'm also spending a lot more time behind a camera and shovel. I will forever be grateful to my friends that have helped to keep the passion alive and well. A special thanks to Justa Jeskova for all the photography and editing lessons and inspiration.