Arizona Snowbowl

By Vicki Uthe

Hard to believe but ski/snowboard season is just around the corner. If this is your thing and you like to photograph I have a  little something for you to do on those long rides up the chair lift. Take your camera! I shot the following with my trusty Canon S120 point and shoot. You could just as easily do it with a phone. But here’s the trick…don’t drop the camera!! It’s easy to do as you’re fiddling with ski poles, gloves, pocket zippers and handling a camera with cold hands. Just be very mindful.

These images were taken the morning after Northern Arizona had a storm. The trees were encased in snow and ice. It was beautiful. I took these heading up chair two at Arizona Snow Bowl.

That blue sky is for real. I did nothing in post processing to make it that blue. Wow, right? And look at those trees! A pocket camera is perfect for this. These two were not taken from the chairlift but from the ski runs. My poor friend had to keep stopping so I could shoot.

 I was digging the shadows on the snow as well.

This is a chairlift shot of the San Francisco Peaks in all of their frozen glory.

These two were also taken from the chair. They are essentially the same shot but the bottom one had a skier inter the frame with a red jacket! What LUCK!

One of the fortunes of living in Flagstaff is having access to this kind of beauty immediately following a snowstorm.

The ice tipped trees didn’t seem real.
Today’s lesson? Keep your camera with you always and…dress warm!!
Happy Shooting!!
Vicki Uthe is a Volunteer Photo Guide with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

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