Talk about a rough season! Here in the north it has not been this bad in years. Its been warm, the Föhn (a warm southerly wind) has been raging all season, and precipitation levels have been excruciatingly low.
Today was the first time I stood in ski boots in almost 10 days! That is a long time for any one of us. Looking at the forecasts on Thursday, the situation looked promising. A strong front was moving in from the North West, the kind of system that rewards the mountains in Tirol with bountiful snowfall.
Even though the snowfall looked promising, its slim pickings at the moment. Most of the snow that we had gotten this year, little as there was, had been demolished by warm weather and sunshine. We had to find a place with enough altitude, trees and north facing slopes. The only place that came to mind was Ischgl. Waking up Sunday morning, big fat snowflakes were falling in Innsbruck, and the forecast called for continued snowfall throughout the day. So we piled in the car and were off. On the drive to Ischgl the precipitation swayed between rain, snow and sleet constantly. We hoped that the higher we drove, the better our prospects would become.
And that they did! The cars in the parking lot were covered in a nice 15cm coat of snow. Hoping that this number would grow the further we went up the mounting, we got geared up and hoped in the cable car.
Up we headed. It looked bleak, even the fresh snowfall could not hide the scars that the warm weather had left on the mountain. Grass and rocks poking out just about every where. We all felt it, a sort of knot in our stomachs! Are we going to find anything thats skiable?
Heading to the back side of the resort, towards the north facing woods, we hit the jackpot. It was not bottomless, hitting everything from rocks and logs was the name of the game but in those sweet pockets between the hard stuff we found light, dry and billowing POW!
We spent most of the day using the 360 cam and the follow cam perspective. If there is one thing I never want to do again is shoot POV. While follow cams can be a pain in the ass, cause you are essentially chasing someone skiing as fast as they can, trying to stay close with literally no visibility because of the snow billowing out of the back of their track. The whole time you are thinking keep up, keep up, keep up; keep the cam steady, keep the cam steady; don’t eat shit! Despite the stressful nature of filming follow cam, I think the quality of the footage speaks for itself.
Today was a great day! I am really stoked on how the edit turned out. We are always trying to mix things up, find original filming perspectives and make every edit just a little bit different! Hope you guys enjoy it.
May the POW be with you!
Rupi and Bernie