Hey everyone! This is Will Zimicki, reflecting on some of my favorite photos from throughout the 2016/17 Season. This year was beautiful, and I appreciate Mother Nature for supplying some incredible conditions in which to shoot. But behind every photo, there is always a story:
This guy was FAST. From the five or six photos taken throughout the day, his mouth was wide open in just about all of them. Primarily, I think he kept it open to send out frequent whoops of joy; it was just easier that way. The glades were alive with the sounds of pure happiness.
Here’s my one semi-pretentious artistic photo on the list. A minimalist study of diagonals, with just the hint of a lift shadow entering the photo on the right to bring the viewer back to reality. Days like this make me wonder if it’s worth it to disturb the perfection of pristine corduroy. But instinct always gets the upper hand; corduroy needs to be carved.
Nick Benedix: the face of spring skiing. When Nick isn’t skinning up one of the White Mountains, it’s a safe bet he’s shredding Waterville on his teles. He likes to color-coordinate with the sky, which I applaud for photography purposes.
This is the first “really warm” day out on Bucket’s deck with some great people. The crowds came out of hibernation for this one, and the sun’s rays are almost tangible. After a few months of cold and snow, who can blame us New Englanders for pretending to be tropical on a 50° day?
Lyon Farrell, the 18 year old from Hawaii, feeling not so tropical on the first day of practice for the 2017 REV Tour. It was a beautiful thing, having the top freeskiers and snowboarders from around the world grace Waterville Parks. I hope the trend continues.
Not to be outdone by mountain events, nordic skiing was amazing this year. Plenty of snow, perfect grooming, and some nice sunny days. This was taken at one of my favorite spots along the trail system: where the two bridges cross Mad River and the trail makes its way up Inner Mad River. Thanks to our Adventure Center Director Leah Elliot for some excellent modeling.
Apres Ski nachos at T-Bars anyone? This is another one of those photos that bring back some good memories. Best part of taking food photos... ...someone has to eat it after.
This is a line of cuteness, also known as the end of the year “Seasonal Parade.” The tradition features every member of the Waterville Seasonal Program skiing and riding in single file under White Peaks Quad, making their official pilgrimage from one year to the next. I tried to get as low as I could to capture what it was like to be a kid within the parade. With my eye looking through the view-finder, I’m just glad I made it down without running into any of the kids.
My GM is cooler than your GM. No, but really, he is. This is our GM Tim Smith and his wife Katie, both fantastic skiers. They are fully immersed in the multiple facets of snow-riding (as a broad term), and it’s comforting to know the resort is being run by those who understand the joys of skiing.
Not the most stunning of photos, but it’s more the time and place that makes the photo special. A few days before the lifts officially opened, I hiked up during an early season flurry. Excitement was building. Trees were glazed with a fresh coating of snow. The photo captures a feeling that every skier or rider experiences but can't fully explain. I'm already excited for the 2017/18 season to come around so we can do it all over again.
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