This past Saturday I got a chance to go to the Dew Tour event at Killington. It ran from Friday through Sunday, but Sunday was really cold and I got some nice shots on Saturday.
I got a chance to see the very end of the Men’s Snowboard Superpipe final, the prelims of the men’s Slopestyle Ski comp and the Finals of the Men’s Ski Superpipe, which was after dark and totally lit up. I got a media pass which allowed me to be right at the bottom of the half pipe and pretty much anywhere on the slopestyle course.
I watch a LOT of ski movies, but it’s always so much more impressive to see it person. Man, these guys were hucking!
Some of these pics are good shots, some I just thought were interesting as we can see how by stopping time, a graceful feat of amazing acrobatics can seem to be a complete torquing of the body.
My experience self-publishing has been very positive. It’s true that many people think self-published books will automatically be of a lower quality than those produced by a major publisher with a substantial amount of funding behind them. Personally, I couldn’t disagree more. Self-publishing allows one to create a product exactly how the writer/photographer/artist wants it. True, we are limited by financial considerations, but having the freedom to produce something without sacrificing quality in the name of “marketability” will almost always result in a better outcome. In the end, I believe the quality of the product will drive long-term sales while at the same time providing a much more positive experience for the creator.
My next self-published book (Fresh Tracks Publishing) I hope will be the first in a series of books entitled The Kickass Guide to Skiing and Riding ______(you fill in the blank). I grew up skiing in Vermont, currently live here, and believe that the best skiing and riding east of the Mississippi can be found here in the Green Mountain State. So it makes sense that my first book in this series is going to be The Kickass Guide to Skiing and Riding Vermont. Fingers crossed, I hope that this book will be published in August of 2012.