For the past week I have had the good fortune to be working with the US Ski Team, as they trained at their winter base in Soelden. It's been a fun time and one good thing is I now have much more confidence skiing with my camera gear on me. I first learnt to ski 20+ years ago on a weeks course with the British Army, which basically entailed me on planks going down black runs with a hangover, so my ski style has always been rather more Banzai than style and grace!! I think sometimes I am a frustrated downhill racer (for those not ski officiandos the really long dangerous races with jumps and tight turns) Now however having skied alongside Olympic gold medal winners and taking photos at the same time I can safely say.... My skiing is still crap but I am faster at being crap. Anyway back to working with the team. As Soelden is not only the opening race in the season it's also the winter base for the US Ski Team, so there has been plenty of promotional work for the team to do. I have been covering the behind the scenes of these events, something quite new to me.For those of you that follow my life on social media, you will no doubt be aware of the day to day shoots and images I have produced but I will slap them on here as it's shameless self publishing.
Cool ski racer and all round Mr Nice Guy Warner Nickerson knows how to dress for an occasion.
Enough of the pictures and stuff now, as it's the endless round of press conferences and stuff to shoot, so my leaving thoughts are:
With the start of the 2012-13 alpine world cup in a couple of days and with certain rule changes to equipment, there is a lot of people looking to see how this is going to effect races, I am no expert on turning radius and stuff like that, in fact when the coaches and racers go into the techno babble at meetings, I tend to start singing in my head to stop me nodding off and my snoring ruin the meeting. But what I have seen is the racers seem to find it harder to take a tight turn especially on the soft snow that is on the hill. The race hill will not be as soft I am sure as the course gets injected with water to aid in the hardening of the course making it like a solid sheet of ice ( this is a basic description so non ski racers can try and understand) so with skiers struggling to make turns I have the fear that there may be more crashes and injuries (I hope I am wrong) which now leads to a dilemma for me, do I inspect the course for great action shots, or inspect with the view that a part of the course is highly likely to spit out a racer, crash shots sell, but do I want to witness more friends getting injured? I guess this will be a spur of the moment decision when I am on the hill.