Janne Tjärnström and I have been going to Val d’Anniviers for years.
And for good reason: It’s beautiful, both on a trail and landscape level. Val d’Anniviers is in the Valais canton (state) of Switzerland and we were lucky enough to stay 2,337 meters (7,667 feet) up the mountainside valley in the Hôtel Weisshorn. Staying singletrack-side makes life much better as a photographer. Irrefutably good riding helps this too. When prime lighting peaks, you’re steps from where you need to be. This shot is not even 500 feet from the hotel, one of the many benefits of the ride-in, ride-out lifestyle of the Swiss.