The Proof: Matthew Mallory
Matthew Mallory has called Whistler home since he moved west in 2001. It was his first trip out and within days knew he was home. Growing up in small town Ontario gave him lots of opportunities to be outside. It was skiing that brought him to Whistler though he can rarely be found on planks these days. Summers are for mountain bikes and from late fall through spring he can be found out playing in the snow on his sled. Working nights, some freelance writing and photography, editor/publisher of joydigger.com and trying to play as much as possible keep him busy but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
01 Working at the home office
02 The most important part of my place, the garage, can’t live without it
03 Sledding in my favourite zone full of pow and trees. Photo: Tom Walker
04 This is what many of us live for, clear skies, deep snow and that killer Whistler terrain. Tom Walker getting’ some.
05 Craig Wilson is one of those awesome characters in town and a good friend. Whether on his bike or sled he is always up to something epic.
06 My favourite riding in the province has to be spring or fall trails in Pemberton. Photo: Sean Nicol
07 I carry my camera everywhere, this is a friend of mine Alyssa Berard on a stroll we took through Parkhurst.
08 One of the most fun sled shoots I was out on this year, late spring, late night with Clint Miller, who drove out from Ontario just to keep riding when all their snow was gone & film for the movie Fourcast 3.
What neighbourhood do you live in?
I have been renting the same place in Nordic since May of 2003.
What do you do and where?
I work full time nights, am the editor/publisher of joydigger.com a snowmobile site dedicated to mountain/backcountry/freeride sledding, do some freelance photo and writing work for Mountain Sledder Magazine, SnoRiders and occasionally Pinkbike. I also try to get out on my sled and mountain bikes as much as possible (especially since these are the focus of my photography and writing) and get the odd day of skiing in here and there. I must admit backcountry sledding is where I focus most of my energy these days; twelve months a year it is on my mind. I’ve just been blown away at how incredible of a sport it is and how tight the local community of sledders is. There is a whole underground culture of riders in this valley that really fly under the radar.
What are you working on?
Publishing joydigger.com is a big undertaking. It’s easily a couple hours a day on top of everything else I do. It can be challenging but I feel the site is very different from your normal sled site and want to keep fresh content going up almost daily. Besides that right now I am getting my truck ready to haul the sled around this winter, getting parts for the sled so it will be ready to go. Hopefully get a few more rides on the bike, starting to think about shoots and stories I would like to do this winter, you know usual fall stuff, mostly just getting really amped for winter.
Where can we find your work?
You can find my work on joydigger.com, pinkbike.com, Mountain Sledder Magazine, and SnoRiders magazine and website.