Industry Press Release

Chad Chomlack Crowned King of Storms In the 10th ARC’TERYX Deep Winter Photo Challenge Presented by GORE-TEX®



Whistler, BC (January 13, 2016) — ARC’TERYX, GORE-TEX® and Whistler Blackcomb are proud to announce Chad Chomlack as the winner of the tenth annual Deep Winter Photo Challenge, taking home $10,000 and the King of Storms crown. There was a sold out audience and an all-star lineup of photographers, including previous winners Ashley Barker and Zoya Lynch, who took home 2nd and 3rd place respectively. A recurring theme was evident throughout the winners’ slideshows; they all chose to focus on family and their different interpretations of the theme made for an event rife with emotion.

Photo credits: Chad Chomlack

Chomlack did an amazing job showing the progression from snowboarder to family man. He illustrated the dichotomy that exists in the life of a pro snowboarder. “It is pretty surreal right now, I still can’t believe it. I am thankful for the last seventy-two hours photographing something we are humbled to get to live every day; celebrating family, the mountains, friendship and photography. I am blown away to have gotten first place,” Chomlack said.

For the first time ever, competitors in the Deep Winter Photo Challenge were expected to shoot a portion of their slideshows from lift-accessed backcountry. The format change increased the terrain from which photographers could draw their inspiration but the rest of the competition remained largely the same – all things skiing and snowboarding. The photographers were given the same 72 hour window to capture athletes in their natural mountain habitat of powder-filled bowls, glades, and après bars.

Each photographer created a montage of the best images from the three days and their slide shows were revealed in front of a live audience on Saturday, January 9 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Following the judge’s announcement of the 2016 King of Storms, each photographer posted their favorite image for the Deep Winter Photo Challenge People’s Choice Award portion of the contest. After 72 hours of voting, Guy Fattal was selected by the audience, taking home a trip for two with Whistler Heli Skiing and $1,000.

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About Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,163 centimetres (458 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.