An alien concept

Got back to the UK last night after a few days skiing with my son in the Portes du Soleil ski area of the French Alps.

A brief post today while I gather my wits and sort myself out.

Two words sum up the experience: Fantastic. Brutal.

Fantastic because the sun shone each day, there were blue skies, variable cloud and superb views from up high. And the ski terrain was vast and superb.

Brutal because the temperatures were sub sub-zero. On the last day I don’t think I have ever skied in such a cold temperature. Fingers tips were numb, and one’s face became painfully numb skiing down from the high ridges: the consequence of close to -20C to which one added the wind chill of skiing. As the saying goes: ‘No gain without pain’.

But to some the concept of submitting oneself to an outdoor sport in -20C must seem daft or mad if not an alien concept.

The Alien – click to enlarge

Hence the image today of a dramatic and appropriate item of modern art outside Morzine Tourist Office that grabbed my attention.

View the following two posts for more ski images from this area

The Portes du Soleil ski area

The Architecture of Avoriaz

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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5 Responses to An alien concept

  1. Marc says:

    What a strange piece of art. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

  2. Welcome back Andy. Glad you had a great time but -20….I would be in the lodge sipping hot chocolate. I like the sculpture.

  3. Dave DiCello says:

    How cool is that! Great shot Andy!

  4. Rick Louie says:

    Wow, that’s some cold skiing! I’m not sure I could handle that kind of cold.

  5. Unfortunately, the best conditions seem to always come with the coldest temps. Glad you had a good trip, and I’m looking forward to some great images.

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