The best photographers know how to spot an unexpected—but picture-perfect—photo op, plus a behind-the-scenes peek into one of our favorite segments from Warren Miller Entertainment’s Face of Winter, dropping this month.
The south-facing resort of La Rosière in the French Alps is known for its family-friendly terrain, but the same can’t be said of its surrounding peaks. On their first day, photographer Adam Clark and skier Sam Smoothy headed beyond the resort boundary into the expansive backcountry that butts up against the Italian border. “We were planning to go to a different location, but this wall of beautiful lines showed up after we hiked over a ridge,” says Clark. The two altered their plans and decided to explore this serendipitous new terrain, with Smoothy bootpacking up the line and sending it down the ridge. “This spot was protected from the wind and held some great powder,” says Clark. “It was a wonderful surprise.”
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II body, Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens @ f/9, 1/1250sec, ISO 200