Skiing a spine, with fall-away turns on both sides of it, isn’t easy. But it’s a great way to sharpen your technique.
What’s in It for You › Spines, where adjecent slopes meet to form a peak like the roofline of a giant house, often come with different exposures and even snow conditions on either side. Ski right along the spine and you can sample the goods on each side before you commit to one slope or the other. And it’s fun. You’ll have to contend with variable snow and light, with ground that falls sharply away from you after each transition, and with unpredictable, ever-changing pitches. But the greater the challenge, the sweeter the reward.
Get equipped to capture a frameworthy picture every time.
Here are pro photog Adam Clark's tips on how to take perfect pow shots.
THROW DOWN If you're committed, shell out for a digital camera with a single lens reflex (SLR). The SLR Canon Rebel with a 70-200mm lens is a perfect place to start.
DO YOUR RECON Before a storm hits, find steeps that skiers can hit with speed. Look for shots with an uncluttered background, like the sky or dark cliff bands. Don't shoot against snow: You'll lose all definition.