RIP Patrick Orton | World Class Ski Photographer

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Patrick Orton
Patrick Orton

We didn’t personally know Patrick, but we knew his work.  At only 25 years of age, Patrick had already created countless stunning images of our sport and been all over the world documenting it.  To lose such a talent at such a young age is clearly a tragedy.  We wish we could have him back.


“On July 20th, 2013 the world lost one of the greatest ski photographers we have ever seen. Patrick Orton from Sandpoint, ID was only 24 years old and already highly distinguished in the skiing community for his ability to capture the stoke of the backcountry. He had travelled everywhere from Haines to Revelstoke living the dream, taking pictures of his best friends sendin’ it in the mountains. 

He was a soul that left us too early. He was a brother, a son, and a friend to many. He’s no longer with us but his passion for the mountains will burn on forever…”

Patrick Orton
Patrick Orton

Patrick passed away on July 20th after jumping off a bridge in Sandpoint, Idaho into a river.  He reportedly drowned after the jump.  Learn more:  Patrick Orton/Bonner County Daily Bee


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