Mattias Fredriksson is a household name in the skiing world, so it’s no surprise that he contributes to 50-plus magazines worldwide, including the not-so-ski-like Swedish Gourmet. From his hometown of Åre, Sweden, Fredriksson says he tries to “show the beautiful environment with epic action and get people inspired to shred.” We think his photos do just that. Skiing Magazine contributor Katie Matteson spoke to Fredriksson about his shot of Jon Larsson at Zell am Ziller, which made it into the magazine's annual “Best Shots of the Year” photo gallery (December 2008).
SKIING: Where was this shot taken?
Zell am Ziller, in a ski area called Zillertal Arena. It’s a cool little ski area with mostly groomer skiers, not much traffic in the backcountry. We were 200 meters from a popular piste but no tracks in sight, usual story in the Alps.
SKIING: What time of day was it taken?
It was the afternoon when the shadows had come in, making it more interesting. It was one of the last shots of the day because we had to catch a lift back to where we were staying. It took one try, same with most powder shots. A few minutes to set up and then boom, nailed it.
SKIING: Any tips for getting a shot like this?
Snap lots of photos and you will get good shots.