On Saturday morning I went to Bridger Bowl Ski Area near Bozeman, Montana to photograph the Skin to Win Ski Randonee Rally. This is an event where ski mountaineers repeatedly ski both up and down the slopes in a race. It’s quite a difficult undertaking and the best racers are referred to as “Lungs.” Unfortunately when my son Gabe and I arrived to the rally, we found out it was postponed on account of too much snow.
However, this didn’t slow the amount of activity at the local resort. Montana residents love Bridger Bowl for its variety of ski runs and snow sports. Eight inches had fallen in the last 24 hours and locals showed up in droves to experience Bridger’s famous dry powder, known as Cold Smoke. Doug Wales, who has worked at the resort for 22 years, says part of the reason he settled in Bozeman was because its home to the “best snow in Montana.”
Since I couldn’t photograph the ski rally, I decided I would shoot Bridger’s iconic snow. Although I have many pictures of powder, the photo above is the one that stuck out the most. I was sitting in the snow for a closer look when my son decided I should personally experience the Cold Smoke.
Photo Tip: I used a 20mm lens, which has great depth of field, making it easy to get a close-up picture like this in focus, and the motor drive was set to continuous high speed mode. When I noticed Gabe heading my way to surprise me with a snow shower, I mashed the button and pointed it in his direction. I had set the exposure compensation to +1, counteracting the effect of all the white snow on the picture. Fortunately Cold Smoke doesn’t stick to cameras!