I'm sitting at my friends house in Austria while images and snow updates from back home in Scotland are pinging up on Facebook.
The landscape in the images (or should I say snowscape) is so different from my memory of last years conditions that it makes me appreciate what I've come to love about winter... no two are ever the same and the lines that you skied and climbed last year - or last week for that matter - will always change and offer new challenges. They say variety is the spice of life, so you can't beat having a constantly changing arena in which to push yourself, whether that's behind the camera or in your chosen sport. Recent magazine articles featuring my work have included a snow hole expedition on the Cairngorm plateau, and a Scottish Ski Touring feature documenting a traverse of the Black Mount. I've been really excited about seeing them in print as both were photographed during a Scottish winter that has earned its place in the record books. This due to a snow pack that engulfed ski tows and rescue huts on the slopes, whilst some zones resembled mini Alaskan faces, guarded by huge cornices. Here's a couple of images as a taster of what's to come in my portfolio. My next update will include images from Freeride skiing around Austria and a glimpse of Italy. There's some previews on the Ed Smith Photography Facebook page! -