One of the things I love about the snow & mountains is the sense of isolation….. the white on white landscapes …… the dramatic slope with a single track into the distance… the minimalist silhouette of one man-one mountain images …. a rise appearing in the mist.
These often look best in monochrome , so here’s a few of my favourites from a day in the stunning New Zealand backcountry of Mt Aspiring National Park .
I especially like the first image of our guide Geoff from Aspiring Guides powering effortlessly up a 45 deg slope in the last glimpse of afternoon sun .Impressive!
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I would have to say the highlight of this trip was having the opportunity to do some spring backcountry touring from Treble Cone . This is a fantastic day out , despite requiring some serious fitness to walk up this mtn & ski down on untouched fresh snow. We managed 3 times in one day! Exhausting but exhilarating at the same time. All worth it for these views…they keep you going :-)
This trip was organised through Aspiring Guides who run backcountry & mountaineering tours/courses through the Mt Aspiring National park both in Summer & winter. I highly recommend them & have plans to do more touring next year .
The other 3-4day Peak tours look truly amazing …if you are fit enough !
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Of all the clouds I have seen , I think this one is amazing . It was rising very fast , looking very black & ominous behind the powder bowl & getting darker by the second…..The snow is coming :-)!
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The mountains in monochrome I think look great , with the changing clouds, huge rocky outcrops & snow covered peaks. These are a few images taken at the Remarkables ski area last week….. before it snowed :-)
The dark sky images I think somehow look like another planet, with the rocks looking almost surreal.
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One of the great things about the Remarks ski area is Parklife terrain park. There are some pretty impressive jumps set up & the chairlift goes straight over the terrain park….so its pretty cool watching other people being cool while getting a lift up:-) You wont see my down there , but its a great viewpoint to see others showing off their talents :-)
One thing that always stands out in NZ is the amazing colour. The colour contrasts of the road , the grass, the snow & then below is a maze of glacial blue waters , inlets , rivers and the lush green farmland, reflections of blue skies & mountains. It is spectacular , especially on the drive up to the Remarkables ski area. The road is a little sketchy with not many barriers but its worth the drive to stop at few points & look down over Queenstown and the Shotover river.
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I love being in the mountains…because this happens! The weather is so unpredictable ….and once again NZ has delivered on my holidays …at least 50cm of fresh snow for some great skiing … Awesome! After NZ having not the best of seasons , the weather has changed and there was fresh new snow in all resorts ! It was perfect for a few quite runs in heavy snowflakes with no-one around.
…….and there is nothing better than a giant snowflake between the eyes :-)
This is Coronet Peak last Sunday … loving it !