To be the guy taking the photos on amazing snow adventures, you need to focus on three things before you take the lens cap off: “minimizing risk, not getting frostbite and staying alive.” So says Tero Repo, a man who has spent many years documenting snowboard and ski expeditions around the world while adhering closely to his own advice.
“I’ve been in danger many times,” says the 36-year-old Finn, who has been on photo shoots when riders have caused avalanches or tumbled down the slopes to serious injury. “The more time you spend in the mountains, the more bad things you will face.”
A recent month-long trip to Antarctica was about as good as it gets: long sunny days of exploring icebergs and islands to find virgin slopes and lines with snowboarders Xavier De Le Rue of France and American Lucas DeBari. As a skier-turned-snapper, Repo is happy for others to be in the shot. “I don’t miss skiing and snowboarding for fun. Now, it helps me do my job, which is to get great photos.”
“A morning view from the Golden Fleece, a heavy 62-foot sailboat. It’s not an ice-breaker, but it’ll break through 8 feet of ice. We hired it in the Falkland Islands.”