Unlike 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.