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SKI - - CONTENTS - By Sa­man­tha Ber­man // Pho­tos by Oskar Enan­der

A highly vis­ual take on Engelberg, Switzer­land, the ad­ven­ture cap­i­tal of the Alps.

If you’re lucky enough to call Engelberg, Switzer­land, home, you might as well be­come a ski pho­tog­ra­pher. That’s just what Oskar Enan­der did when he moved here from his na­tive Swe­den in 2002. “We have the most amaz­ing ac­cess to the back­coun­try,” he ex­plains when asked why he en­joys liv­ing, ski­ing, and shoot­ing in this cen­tral Switzer­land town that dates back to the Mid­dle Ages. “The ropes are pretty much there for show. You can duck un­der when­ever you want.” Enan­der and his com­pan­ions ducked many ropes last March, when the snow­pack was “in­cred­i­ble” and the con­di­tions were “ex­cel­lent for shoot­ing,” he says. Not that this is un­usual for Engelberg, which en­joys one of the long­est sea­sons in the Alps: The ma­jor­ity of the slopes are north-fac­ing, so the snow stays cold even when the tem­per­a­tures rise. Com­bine that with a re­spectable el­e­va­tion as high as 10,000 feet and you get some of the best lift-ac­cessed back­coun­try any­where. In th­ese images, Enan­der and his merry band of skiers, in­clud­ing Mar­cus Cas­ton, Jo­han Jon­s­son, and Chad Say­ers, can­vassed the slopes for the sea­son’s best pow, and found it ev­ery­where from high alpine to the glades. Wher­ever they went, you can too. And you should.

From the top: Pho­tog­ra­pher Oskar Enan­der and skier Jo­han Jon­s­son lin­gered af­ter the lifts closed to cap­ture this shot of the sun set­ting over the jagged peaks; re­flec­tion and moun­tain scenery com­bine dur­ing a ride on the Titlis Ro­tair tram to the sum­mit; the ath­letes en­joy the view af­ter an early-morn­ing warm up on a 5,000ver­ti­cal-foot glacier run.

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