I’ve just made the final up-front payment for the ski trip to Zermatt next January, so it seemed apt to post an image from the Zermatt ski slopes today.
This was taken while riding the Chairlift up to Furggsattel on the Matterhorn Paradise glacier ski area on a windy day. It was cold and the chair was getting blown about a bit by the wind that was whipping up the spindrift creating the appearance of swirling mist drifting across the pistes. There was little colour in the original RAW image so it was logical to convert it to B&W.
Taking images from a chairlift provides a different perspective – you’re suspended above the piste, looking down on the skiers – effectively you get an aerial shot. The hard part is hanging on to everything! First, secure the ski poles, then gloves off (I grasp them between my knees or stuff them inside my jacket), lastly get the camera out of my chest pocket. Grab the shots, and then remember to give myself enough time to stow the camera, don the gloves and grab the poles before I reach the top and ski off. It’s a bit of planned choreography – haven’t fouled up yet – famous last words!
The most important point is always have your camera secured to you at all times if you are in the habit of skiing with a camera. My compact has a lanyard attached to it and the other end is always either around my neck or tied into a zipper on my jacket, so if I do fumble it with gloved hands then it won’t get dropped. It’s a long drop off a Chairlift!