Six months from today will be August 28th 2011. The northern hemisphere’s last ski season will start to blend in with those of previous years, British Colombians will have seen many thousands of hectares of land burned in summer forest fires, ski resort plazas abuzz with mountain bikers and foreign tourists snapping pictures, photo editor’s inboxes will finally become un-clogged after receiving all the ski photographers’ images from the year.
And, every skier will be wishing they were six months back; in the middle of an amazing ski season.
As a Canadian the words from Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi come to mind: “Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” Though she wasn’t singing about skiers’ separation anxiety from fluffy white snow, the phrase sure as hell applies.
This is it; the sport we love in the peak of it’s season. It doesn’t get any better than looking out my window to see blue skies, while checking the forecast seeing another storm rolling in to pummel the mountains.
So; take a moment to appreciate and cherish it, before it’s gone.
ESPN Freeski picked up the story of my team’s win at the first Banff Photographer Shootout in January. Click on the image below to see 10 images from the contest. Including park, urban, pow, and big mountain ski photography.
Wrangle the Shoot is an annual photography competition in Golden BC hosted by Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Photographers start shooting at noon and have to shoot, edit, print, and present five images by 7pm. Another twist; instead of heading out and shooting with riders you have control over you’re hopping around the hill predicting, reacting, and sniping skiers competing in Wrangle the Chute
-Same shot as above, cropped so you can better see Logan sending it.-
As a ski photographer this format is quite difficult for capturing images, its like taking a seasoned jockey and putting him on a horse he’s never ridden, and then telling him he has to race. Every other day ‘in the office’ I get to carefully orchestrate every image, coordinating with the rider giving him or her specific details about how they should ski a specific feature. In regular shooting a rider skiing accuracy by a foot or two off the agreed line is crucial to the success of a shot. But this weekend riders could be dropping, turning, jumping and falling on a zone 3 ridges wide and several hundred feet tall.
These images won me ‘Best Photographer Overall’ in Wrangle the Shoot 2011