Val Thorens Snowboarding & Skiing pictures
Here are a selection of snowboarding and skiing pictures from my trip to Val Thorens in France late last year. This is a fun little roof drop just off of our hotel into a very rough landing! Here Jim does his best mid-air ice angel impression.
Found a couple of fun powder runs, quite a bit of hiking at 3500m really takes the breath out of you, but well worth it! I shot these photos on the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8, a great lens as you can shot from a good distance away and zoom in to get a lot of turns in as the rider goes down the mountain.
In Val Thoren town there were a couple of jumps and drops, I wish I had got more photos of it. This was taken with the Sigma 10mm fisheye again, and using Elinchrom skyports (review) to trigger the external flash guns.
Town kicker 360 on skis
The weather was pretty bad all week which was really annoying. On the first day the lifts were shut completely, so just made some kickers and hiked up the mountain a bit. The rest of the time the weather was pretty much over-cast like this, not ideal photo taking weather!
Considering how early in the season we went (14th December 2008) I guess we were pretty lucky with the snow, the year before in Tignes was better, probably the best weather I have ever skied in! I am going back out to Italy at the end of this month for some more snow action, so I am hoping for blue skies and a lot less wind!