About Matt DeWaard

Growing up in sunny Queensland, Australia, Matt got a slightly late start into the world of skiing. But the bug bit hard and 18 straight winters later, the love of snow, mountains and skiing continues to grow. Matt has the fortunate life of being a Ski Patroller for a resort in Australia and then packing his bags, moving to Park City and taking up his role as a Ski Patrol Supervisor here at Deer Valley Resort. One of the biggest joys of Matt's work is the scenic wonders of the Wasatch mountains and the incredible beauty surrounding me each day as he goes to "work". Matt's second love is capturing moments and sometimes unseen parts of the resort through the lens of his camera,which he hopes to share with you.

“Spring” Skiing

These last few days have been a lot of fun. A mix of sun and snow that has made taking photos a pleasure. A few extra laps with the camera at work over the last couple of days has given up some amazing photo opportunities.
Here’s some photos fromthe recent 2 days. Smiles all around here!


Powder Alert!

Grey skies threatened to snow all day on Thursday. Ski Patroller TJ Somers got out into Centennial Trees off Lady Morgan Express to find a little untracked snow.

With 7″ of snow last night and 2-3 feet of snow expected by Sunday, this will be buried in the fresh white stuff all over again. There will be PLENTY of fresh tracks this weekend. Gotta love Utah!

28″ Storm- Photo Recap

What a great storm! I didn’t have many photo opportunities as we were really busy out on the mountain all weekend, but here are 3 of my favorites from the past couple days.

This is what the grooming looked like on Sunday afternoon… after 20+ inches of snow and a lot of skier traffic.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The top of Carpenter Express Chairlift on President’s Day

Monday, February 21, 2011

The first sunny view of Daly Ridgeline and Claytons Peak in the background on President’s day. It was simply stunning.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunshine in Empire Canyon

Empire  Canyon has always been one of my favourite places to work. If it’s not snowing, then the sun is out and you get a spectacular view from 9,570 feet.

There’s also a couple of aspen glades that have a great contrast against that blue sky, like Zebra trees. The name says it all…


Caroline Crandall sneaks a line through the aspens

Lila, Avalanche Rescue Dog

Lila, Deer Valley Ski Patrol’s most experienced Avalanche Rescue dog at 11 years old, has worked more seasons keeping skiers safe at Deer Valley than many of the patrollers.

Here she awaits the arrival of her handler Sue Anderson into the patrol shack, or she may have caught a whiff of bacon, I’m not sure :-)