Another day, another dollar, another priceless Whistler Blackcomb sunset.
Without a cloud in the sky, the mountains on the horizon are engulfed by an indescribable sheet of pink and purple. Like a steppingstone towards the crystal clear velvet sky of night, the transition is smooth and tranquil. I could be gazing at a piece of art, a pastel coloured canvas.
It’s yet another unique and breathtaking finish to the day that was on Whistler Blackcomb. It’s yet another pinch to ensure that this is, in fact, reality.
I truly thought this place could not surprise me anymore. And then, one morning I head up Solar Chair to work and setting across the valley is an incredible full moon. The sky had the most amazing shades of blue, pink and purple. As we, the patrollers, commenced our day with the sun, the moon and the groomers completed their night. It was such a surreal experience, I couldn’t believe that what I was looking at was real. I took my camera out of my bag and for several moments I forgot that the temperature was far below zero. It’s moments like these that help me wake up at ridiculous o’clock and head to work every day.
Watching the sun rise and set each day on top of Whistler Blackcomb is always an unforgettable experience. Add a setting full moon, a well-timed snow cat and breathtaking hues. And what do you get? One hell of a view.
It’s truly incredible how the time flies. It seems like only yesterday I was in Australia photographing the milky way and the amazing Aussie night skies. Although the milky way season is over, a new season as begun; a season full of views and skies just as epic. A Whistler winter is hard to beat. So far, this year it has been one of the best starts to a winter season that I can remember. Deep powder, frozen lakes and indescribable sunsets are just some of the treats we have been blessed with. One of the biggest perks of my job with Whistler Blackcomb is standing on top of the resort watching the sun rise and the sun set. Whistler winter 2016/2017 has not disappointed thus far.
I have been on a bit of a hiatus from posting on this forum however over the next few days until the new year I will be sure to catch you up on the start to my winter. This will include snorkel deep powder days, -24°C overnight cabin stays and a full moon/sunrise combo. Stay tuned, it will be worth it.
It was hard to pull myself off the couch and head down to Nexen Beach Squamish for this gloomy evening. However, as soon as I was out the door and on my way there I was pretty stoked. It always seems to be the way when we are in a weather system like we are right now. The difficulty is finding the motivation to move. Once on the move, though, I am rarely disappointed. I didn’t know what to expect and I was running a bit late for the light so I had to rush to get this image. In the end, I am fairly happy with it. The biggest lesson I learnt was “get outside”.
Rain, rain and more Squamish rain. Unfortunately, that is what we have had in Squamish for the past few weeks. The good news is that it has mostly been snow in the high alpine. It is too early to say but hopefully it is a good sign for the winter season to come. After awhile the rain can start to give one a cabin fever type complex. However, it is a great opportunity to read a book, watch a show on Netflix or teach yourself something new. After awhile, that’s exactly what I did. I attempted a new style of star trail editing.