EXPERT
 

Feature Photo

Ross Downard

Photographer, jans.com

Hometown:

Harrison, OH

Been in Industry since:

1998

Been at Jans since:

2010

Days a year:

• Skiing – 60-90

• Biking – 150+

Bragging Rights:

• Photos published in every major ski magazine including Powder, Skiing, Ski, Telemark Skier, Backcountry, Snowboard and Snowboarder

• Shot cover photo for Spring 2012 issue of Paved Magazine

• Making it as a professional photographer: www.rossdownard.com

 

Backstory

Ross Downard was an avid rock climber before he became a biker. During a climbing trip, his good friend had a serious fall and Ross got him airlifted out. As a thank you, his buddy loaned him a mountain bike for the summer and Ross became instantly hooked. He now rides every day during biking season and has explored trails in Whistler, Winter Park, Jackson, Steamboat, Moab and of course, Park City. While downhill riding is his favorite sport, Ross is also a gifted ski photographer, published in just about every ski or snowboard magazine you can imagine. His forte is action photography and while he got into it so he wouldn’t have to sit at a desk all day, Ross says it can be physically demanding to get the right shot on the mountain. Having been part of the whole changeover from film to digital photography, Ross admits it’s pretty nice to have a warm desk to come back to when it’s time to review his photos.

 

“Ross is an exceptional photographer, and dives head first into a variety of activities. I have spent some great time fly fishing with him in Utah and Wyoming, chasing the cutthroat slam and fish of all sizes. Ross is very conscientious of wild places and conservation.”

Travis Jay Vernon

Co-Manager & Fly Fishing Guide, Jans Park Ave