There has been colossal snowfall across the Alps in the last few days and weeks, with resorts, including Zermatt, temporarily cut off by avalanches disrupting transport links. Avalanche protection, management and awareness has advanced dramatically in recent years and thankfully there have been no major disasters. My trip to Whistler next month draws closer where snow is also falling. My boots still fit, I’ve been out running, and I am getting in the mood.
I’ve also been trawling through the archives, one of those winter tasks, clearing out some of the images that will never see the light of day, and finding the occasional image that has been neglected for far too long and is worth airing.
Today’s image was taken over ten years ago at Saas Fee in the Swiss Alps on my first compact digital camera. Much of the skiing in Saas Fee is on the upper levels of the Fee Glacier – you can see an area towards the right edge of the image where the piste machines have been working. It was one of those atmospheric days when the wind was whipping up the powder. Drama in spade-fulls.