2012 Week One, Massive Snow Fall, Closed Roads then Sunshine …….

2012 has begun in earnest the whole of the Alps have seen dramatic snowfalls the likes of which have not been seen since 1965, Roads have been closed, curfews have been activated in certain resorts because of the avalanche risk, Lifts have remained closed due to high winds and freezing temperatures. Only a week ago it felt like we were never going to be able to get onto the mountain to enjoy the powder but this week the sun has shone and all if forgotten.

Last Friday I had a shoot in Val d’ Isere but the journey was not so easy. The road was closed due to avalanche and although we set off to Val at 7.30 am for the usual one hour commute, we finally pulled up in town at 1.30pm after a long wait for the road to open the pictures tell the story.

Friday 6th Jan 2012

Friday 6th Jan 2012

Friday 6th Jan 2012 Route to Val d'Isere

Friday 6th Jan 2012 Route to Val d'Isere

Friday 6th Jan 2012 Route to Val d'Isere

Waiting for the road to openFriday 6th Jan 2012

Friday 6th Jan 2012 Route to Val d'Isere

Keeping Myself Entertained

still waiting!

Driving into Val d' Isere in High Winds

Finally we drove up the high street I thought there was no way we’d be able to salvage anything for the shoot and wondered if any lifts would be open. Fortunately for me two chairs low down opened at two o’clock and I was able to get some great shots of the Miller family enjoying the snow. It was so so cold though.

Last week was a stark contrast to this week, The sun is shining but it is still cold enough to keep the snow in great condition. I had an amazing Pro-Shoot yesterday with Martin Hemsley Private instructor for the EFS Meribel The shots taken on one of my favorites in Courchevel Piste M. Thanks to Martin for a fun morning!You can see more shots here.

Martin in Courchevel 1850

Martin in Courchevel 1850

Martin in Courchevel 1850