It has been a pretty strange season with the snow conditions being the way they have this year and I haven’t been as eager to get out and shoot with so many avalanches happening. And for my mum, I am the last person to fold under peer pressure or the lull of the deep white fluffy powder just to get a shot (had to add that in for her peace of mind). But there are still some nice areas to get to that don’t require long exposed hikes and standing around on a steep open face with a camera.
I just had an amazing day with some pretty impressive female skiers. I only had one day with Volkl international team rider Nat Segal from Australia so I had to make the most of it and despite my lack of muscles due to shortage of mountain time this season, I accepted struggling with the lactic acid and got on with it. She is an amazing and powerful skier and pretty much smiled on every shot. I could tell she was loving being up on the mountain, which made my job even more enjoyable. Nat, also having a BA in Fine Arts has a great eye for composition, so she was so great to work with and I felt totally in tune with her.
Anna Smoothy from New Zealand I have shot with before and again her humor and total comfort in this environment makes her a pleasure to be around. Luckily I have her all season so we will hopefully have a few more of these days. It was my first time up with Hanna Fisher from Australia and she just made everything look effortless. You would imagine Australians growing up where the sun is cooking constantly and wouldn’t expect them to turn up and look like they were born and bred snowy mountain goats. Hanna did just that.
After we had exhausted Col de Mouche, Swiss rider Jeremy Migliaccio joined the ladies. He's a lucky man! We decided to drop into the Backside of Mt Fort which is where we nick named him Swiss Slash (which is quite a tongue twister). I was cold and tired and trying to explain to him where I would like him to do a slash turn...and in my best french just said give us your best 'Swiss Slash'. It sounded so good I had to repeat it and everybody else followed suit. It's funny what gets you through a day.
All in all it was a special and fun day. I think anyone who has skied with these girls before will know what I mean. They rock. Thanks girls (and that includes you Jeremy although you are definitely all man!). I can’t wait until the next time!! xx