Backcountry Ski Shoot in the Cascades
A few weeks ago I went out to do a shoot with skiers Bryce Phillips in the North Cascade Backcountry. I’ve worked with Bryce for years and it was great getting a chance to go shooting with him again. On this occasion, we were headed out into a zone I’ve grown to love recently. Beautiful scenery, steep terrain, lots of features… it’s perfect. And things looked great on this day. It had snowed about a foot the night before, we had a few great friends along with us for the day and it was completely clear and blue as we left the car.
A side note, you may ask why we were skiing on a day where we knew the avalanche conditions were less than favorable. To answer that question… because you occasionally have to deal with less than favorable conditions when shooting. That’s not to say we were being reckless or taking unnecessary risks. Far from it. On this day, we checked the avy forecast, we hiked along ridge lines and along tree groves, we had all of our backcountry gear with us and we stationed 2 people running safety from protected vantage points to watch over the others at any time skiing was taking place. While you can’t take all the risk out of traveling in the backcountry, there are steps you can take to minimize that risk. Be safe out there.