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The Ski Poll

Hitting the slopes this season? Take some tips from those in the know

A John Norris  photo taken at La Flegere, Chamonix

A John Norris photo taken at La Flegere, Chamonix

The mountain home

“For landscapes in the mountains, it’s always hard to capture the scale. It’s best to choose the elements you really want to record and try to fill the frame with them—often it’s what you leave out that gives a shot impact. If you do take a wider view, then think about foreground. Find a snow-covered conifer, say, move in close to it and place the view to one side—again, it will have far more interest than just a long shot of distant ranges. Sometimes, you won’t need mountains at all—a person’s happy face, a wooly hat, some ski goggles and snow in the hair can tell the story just as well.”

John Norris, one of Europe’s top ski and winter sports photographers

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Best way to get Fear to shut up for a moment

“Maybe your training focuses on technique, which is important, but learning to understand your mind is what really leads to breakthroughs. Imagine you’re a company with 10,000 employees speaking inside your head—each one telling you to do this or that. In skiing, sometimes the employee talking the most is Fear. The key is to honor Fear and listen to what it has to say; then, when you’re ready, shift to a more effective voice. These might include Yes on the groomers or Aggression on a steep mogul pitch. You don’t want to ignore Fear, but let other voices speak too.”

Kristen Ulmer, Ski to Live workshop counselor

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Most photogenic chairlift

“I’ve shot many Instagram photos from Chair 6 at Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska, where I spent a lot of time growing up. You can see the whole valley from up there, including seven glaciers and the Cook Inlet below. Stunning.”

Elyse Saugstad, former Freeride World Champion who appears in the all-female ski movie Pretty Faces

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