What do you get when you combine a gorgeous early winter day, two feet of fresh snow, a group of die hard skiers, and a big volcano? Perfect conditions to throw a camera into the ski pack! I was looking for just the right day to shoot some skiing and finally the conditions lined up. Skiing on Mt. Hood is a special experience. I’ve been wanting to get some shots that really showcase that feeling of big Cascade Volcano skiing that we here in the Northwest so often take for granted. With my friends Woody Adams, Aram Ansel, and Jason Boursier (aerial specialist), I set out to combine making some fun turns and creating new images.
With Woody and Aram helping to spot Jason’s jump locations, relay messages, and protect the hapless photographer below, I was able to get some shots that I’m really happy with.
IT WAS A BIT TERRIFYING TO SEE JASON HEADED RIGHT AT ME THROUGH A WIDE ANGLE LENS.
My favorite image of the day is the lead to this story with Jason framed above the mountain. As carefully as we set this up, it was still a bit terrifying to see Jason headed right at me through the wide angle lens. He landed about 5 feet away from my skis at something approaching the speed of sound.
Jason was a trooper for hiking up the mountain to get this second picture at left. Both of us had to ascend some very steep soft snow, but he really had to do a bit of rough climbing to get above the rocks.
We had great light and conditions for ripping up the mountain and making some great images.