Kyle Smaine sinks into a deep turn at Sierra-at-Tahoe last winter, photo by Brian Walker

Deep Thoughts

Those who experienced Tahoe’s 2018-19 winter will not soon forget it.  After a modest start, Old Man Winter socked the Tahoe region with one powdery storm after another in January and February, blanketing the mountains in a thick coat of white and treating skiers and snowboarders to endlessly deep turns that left smiles plastered across faces. While prodigious winters are nothing new to Tahoe, the latest installment is worth reliving through the lens.



Jeff Engerbretson points his skis toward a powdery landing in the Donner Summit backcountry, photo by Amie Engerbretson



Dane Shannon and Brennan Lagasse earn their turns amid a winter wonderland, photo by Ryan Salm



Abe Greenspan enjoys a powder day at its finest on the South Shore, photo by Ming Poon



Lee Collins slashes a fluffy turn on Echo Summit, photo by First Tracks Productions



Kyle Smaine launches above a pillow of powder in the South Lake Tahoe backcountry, photo by Brian Walker



Photographer Bios

Brian Walker is an adventure sport, outdoor and lifestyle/events photographer and videographer based in South Lake Tahoe. His love for the outdoors brought him behind the lens to capture unique and inspiring moments in the wild. Walker’s clients include Red Bull, The North Face, LifeProof, Lululemon, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Burton, Tahoe South, Snowglobe Music Festival and Edgewood Tahoe. Find more of his work on his Instagram, @brian.walker, and his website,


The intersection of an education in geography, communications and photo­graphy, and a seriously adventurous desire to understand faraway cultures and lands, has led Ryan Salm to document and photograph some of the world’s most distant and awe-inspiring events. He is currently immersed in the world of architecture and commercial photography and is available for assignments in Lake Tahoe or worldwide. Find more of his work at and follow him on Instagram, @ryansalmphotography.


Ming T. Poon is an adventure sports photographer and director of photography based in Tahoe. Passionate about outdoor pursuits, travel and making a difference, Poon is inspired by culture, nature, music, friends and family. His work has been featured by Teton Gravity Research and Matchstick Productions, and has appeared in a variety of publications as well as international marketing campaigns for O’Neill, Jones Snowboards, POC Sports, NOW Bindings, Hestra Gloves, Intuition Liners, Leki Poles and more. 


Truckee’s Jeff Engerbretson splits his passions as a professional photographer and an accomplished cinematographer. Whether he is on the side of a cliff, hanging out of a helicopter, balanced on the back of a motorcycle or hanging out of a tree, he is always in his element when he is behind the lens and capturing adventure. With a history as a professional skier, his knowledge of the outdoors combined with his extensive experience brings balance, focus and the strength of the natural athlete to his work.


Anthony Cupaiuolo traded a career as a political consultant for his passion—being in the mountains—and founded First Tracks Productions in 2001, the same year he moved from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe. He is often found adventuring with his pup, Emmie, alongside and sometimes below the surface of Lake Tahoe. Find more of his work at

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