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King of Dolomites

20150221-kod-0677Unlike last year, I managed not to injure my knee right before the King of Dolomites freeride photo competition, and it was my great pleasure to participate last month, just before leaving for New Zealand. The basic concept is very simple: take 11 professional ski photographers, team them up with two riders each, then let them loose around the beautiful San Martino di Castrozza area in the Dolomites, and see who comes back with the best shots.

Conditions were extremely challenging, with very little snow in many aspects and terrible weather on the second day. With Paolo Marazzi and Gaspard Piccot, we gambled on finding untouched powder away from the crowds in Tognola on the first day, then went for some, well, atmospheric skiing in the high alpine on the second. In the end, the photo of Paolo above placed 3rd, a great result considering the level of the competition!

Here are some more images, both in and out of competition, enjoy.

 

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Mountain dancing, winter edition

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After last summer’s shoot with Agathe, we were both keen for another session in the mountains, but this time in winter. With snow everywhere, it was a big challenge to find a suitable location, but we finally remembered that the roof of the Argentière hut, deep in a glacial basin, doubles as a helipad. Since the hut is still unstaffed, with only the winter shelter open, we wouldn’t be bothering anybody by using the space for a couple of hours.

Access was a bit challenging, as Agathe was on a snowboard, we needed a lot of equipment and the hut requires crossing some serious glacier terrain, but we eventually managed, largely thanks to the help of Théo Racine. Agathe braved the very low temperatures for as long as she could, and Théo and her even gave me a little salsa session at the very end! All we had left to do was ski down after sunset, always an exciting moment.

Enjoy the images!

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