I just created a new preview video for "Snow Tales and Powder Trails" - Watch in HD Fullscreen... filmed in the Chamonix valley in 2014-15
A little summer refreshment from yesterday - new snow at 3800m...
Winter is never far away in Chamonix, even in mid June!
Meanwhile, I have been hard at work in the editing studio working on a new book video trailer for "Snow Tales and Powder Trails"... coming soon for your viewing pleasure ...
Here are some more awesome summery images, this time of the sunset reflecting the cover colour of "Snow Tales & Powder Trails"
The summer storm has come in big this afternoon, but before it did, I was able to get some shots of my stunning snowy neighbourhood...
Aside from that, I have been working on a new video powder edit to promote "Snow Tales & Powder Trails" ... coming soon for your viewing pleasure...
A big storm cycle at the end of March finished with an ocean of cloud above Chamonix on April 4th, so I went up to the 'office' above the clouds with some friends, and found this snow, which I was able to get really deep into. The first image is me sipping a fine glass of Cham-pagne, and the second image is me skiing deep in a cloud of super fluff crystal dust. These should have made it to the book, but they were taken over a year after I published it. This is exactly the kind of snow that I was writing about in "Snow Tales and Powder Trails". Photos by Alec Sandberg.
Meanwhile, here is a short passage from "Snow Tales and Powder Trails" to complement these wonderful images:
"...Wow - it's like someone has put wings on my feet! The crystal flakes float me somewhere in the middle of the thick layer of new snow, and man, is it ever deep! Elated, I bounce my knees with the rhythm of the turns, and the snow responds, cushioning every blow. It feels completely effortless, and the resistance of the snow beneath my skis is barely noticeable, a slight fluid friction. Powder fluffs up around me, hitting my knees and waist as I sink into every turn..."
Back in November 2012, I took a pair of skis to Norway in search of some early season skiable snow. Eventually this trip inspired me to write the "Early Season Adventures" chapter in "Snow Tales and Powder Trails".
The Blog is here, featuring the "Chamois" model of eco-friendly Idris skis. The last blog post comes first, so browse through, and find the first one from October 2012.
"Snow Tales and Powder Trails" in action yesterday, January 18th 2015, snorting fine lines of super light Cham-pagne :-)
Video by Tomoko
Here is one of my recent snow reports from the end of 2014 ... "Snow Tales and Powder Trails" has been out researching book number 2 ...
It is that time of year... we have had to wait a bit in Chamonix, but it is snowing again, and I am going skiing.
Watch out for my snow reports on chamonix.net to see how the winter goes, or check out a copy of "Snow Tales and Powder Trails" book, to see the kind of cool stuff that will go on in the mountains above Chamonix...
Meanwhile, here is an excerpt from a poem that I am working on, inspired by snowy mountains:
"Storms roll in off the Western sea,
Reach the mountains, setting the crystals free...
...The coldsmoke powder reaches my chin,
And sets my face into an elated grin.
The sun glistens on the freshly fallen snow,
And a repeat session is on for tomorrow..."
Photos from today, December 17th. Merry Christmas, and see you at the end of May...
I was recently going through some of my schoolbooks from when I was a kid, and I found this, which I wrote when I was age 9... My subconscious mind was apparently way ahead of me, as this was way before I was consciously wanting to ski or write. It is interesting how this early influence developed into my book project 20 years later.
On another note, the winter is starting to pick up in Chamonix, and I have a craft fair to attend with copies of "Snow Tales and Powder Trails" for sale, just in time for Christmas. Snowtopia is a local arts and crafts showcase at the Grands Montets ski area in Chamonix, including a couple of local ski makers.
It should be going on this weekend the 13/14th December, if the ski area opens, or the following weekend 20/21st if not...
I just came back from a research trip to Japan, where the winter is just about starting, and the fall colours are amazing on the Japanese maple trees.
There was some recent snow on Mt Fuji 2 weeks ago (see photo below), and I found that "Snow Tales and Powder Trails" is available over there too, on amazon.jp:
Meanwhile, we are in Chamonix, waiting for snow... here is my first snow report from this winter: http://www.chamonix.net/english/snow-reports/chamonixnet-snow-report-december-2nd-2014
I was going through some old magazines, and I found an old Black Diamond ski equipment catalogue from over 10 years ago. It has some really inspirational text and images inside, and this cover shot was a photo that really inspired me to ski powder and write. Even better was the catalogue from the year before, but unfortunately I let that one get away...
This photo turned out better than I hoped. I was just trying to get an action shot of Petter on the ridge, but it shows beautifully the scale of the Chamonix mountains. Photo from earlier in the autumn, stoking up the pre-winter vibe :-) ... maybe it will make it to the next book!
It is nearly winter, with the magic of snow approaching, which originally inspired "Snow Tales and Powder Trails".
However, autumn has its own magic, as you can see from these photos that I took during the last couple of weeks. Right now we have some classic late-year sunshine to enjoy.
Here is an autumnal quote from my second book, which I have started to write:
"...as the sky clears after the autumn storm the town exudes a different atmosphere. The air smells of forest and woodsmoke, glaciers and snow. The stars shine bright..., while below, the river bubbles its way downhill...
Freshly fallen leaves begin to collect in the quiet streets, adding a distinct musk to the other smells of the valley..."