Steep: The stunning photography of Tero Repo

How steep is too steep? Tero Repo follows the most radical snowboarders and skiers. Have a look.
By Guillaume Desmurs

Finnish photographer Tero Repo is known for many things. First of all his long-running collaboration with Xavier De Le Rue and Jeremy Jones.

Secondly for his clean and powerful shots, taken from the most vertical slopes on the planet. Or at least that's how it appears.

He has this rare ability to shoot a stunning big mountain action, to magnify a freestyle trick and deliver a strong portrait of a hockey player.

A man of many talents, Tero edited and captioned his ten best snowboarding and skiing pictures for us… just before flying to Spitzberg, a frozen island where he’s currently working with Xavier De Le Rue and Samuel Anthamatten.

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Andreas Fransson in Chamonix
Andreas Fransson riding in Chamonix, France.
Andreas Fransson in Chamonix This face is one of the gnarliest looking runs I have ever seen. Not too long but steep and very photogenetic. Last May Andreas Fransson, Samuel Anthamatten and Bjarne Sahlén skied the face in perfect conditions. This one is one to remember. © Tero Repo
Charlie Lyons in Verbier
Charlie Lyons riding in Verbier, Switzerland.
Charlie Lyons in Verbier I hate wind but sometimes it makes things look nice. For example this basic cliff jump would not have been any special without the wind blowing the snow high in the air. Sometimes you have to be lucky when working with mother nature. © Tero Repo
Jeremie Heitz on home turf in Les Marecottes
Jeremie Heitz skiing on home turf in Les Marecottes, Switzerland.
Jeremie Heitz on home turf in Les Marecottes Taking photos at 3am is not that ideal, but when the setup is like in this picture, you don't wanna go home! Jeremie and the Falquet brothers dragged two massive lights on the mountains with a powerful generator to create a beautiful back light on a few hundred meters. © Tero Repo
Jeremy Jones on Alaskan spines
Jeremy Jones riding on Alaska spines.
Jeremy Jones on Alaskan spines While filming Deeper few years ago, I had been witnessing mind-blowing spine lines in Alaska. This one was the highlight of the trip! We started to hike up around 2.30am and finally at 6.30am Jeremy dropped in. So clean and so smooth. I wonder if I will ever see another spine face like that. © Tero Repo
Samuel Anthamatten at home in Zermatt
Samuel Anthamatten skiing in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Samuel Anthamatten at home in Zermatt Pointing on ice like this might not be the most difficult thing technically. You just go straight with no breaking and stopping. Samuel and Xavier De Le Rue straight lined this ice like it was a blue piste. I think this is some progressive skiing. © Tero Repo
Victor De Le Rue in Haines
Victor De Le Rue riding in Haines, Alaska.
Victor De Le Rue in Haines One, two, three… drop in! Victor is one of the best all-terrain snowboarders out there. It was great to see him and his big brother, Xavier, riding together in Alaska. Victor’s first time in AK was unreal. He was charging gnarly lines without any hesitation. © Tero Repo
Xavier De Le Rue at Glacier Bay in Alaska
Xavier De Le Rue at Glacier Bay in Alaska After a six day snowstorm, it was time to dig out the tents. During those six days, we had to do this at least five times a day! Some mornings, you only had the tips of the tents sticking out of the snow. Great and scary memories! © Tero Repo
Xavier De Le Rue in Switzerland
Snowboarder Xavier De Le Rue rappelling down to a piste in Valais, Switzerland
Xavier De Le Rue in Switzerland Sometimes the only access to a couloir is to use a rope. Xavier is not just an amazing freerider, he’s also very confident and skilled in mountaineering. © Tero Repo
Xavier De Le Rue in Engelberg, Switzerland
Xavier De Le Rue riding in Engelberg, Switzerland.
Xavier De Le Rue in Engelberg, Switzerland Engelberg is one the best freeride resorts in Europe. Lots of natural cliffs and glacier runs with lift access make the place very popular among freeriders. The Scandinavians have found the powder mecca of central Switzerland. Luckily, those ski bums left some fresh snow for Xavier. Don't look back! © Tero Repo
Xavier De Le Rue riding in Alaska
Xavier De Le Rue riding in Haines, Alaska.
Xavier De Le Rue riding in Alaska I am not 100 percent sure but I think this is a first descent in Haines. The run is called "Morrison Hotel" and it's been done quite a few times. I think Xavier is the first one to ride this face on rider’s left side to jump a 10m cliff in the end. Even without the jump, this face is scary enough! © Tero Repo