The first Christmas came 3 months after I received my shinny new Canon 400D and I was too nervous to take it out on the slopes. Any opportunity to capture an intense skiing action shot passed me by however, by the time the next skiing holiday rolled around my initial nervousness had pretty much disappeared and I was ready to roll. Leading up to the holiday I undertook quick spot of research in order to fully understand how my camera would react to the snow - both technically and physically.
We were gifted with more powder than we could contemplate on Christmas Day, which was fantastic however all this snow came with some serious wind! The majority off the lifts were closed and the ones that were open had been slowed to half speed. The ride back up was painful but always worth it!
Other than the large amounts of snow the one benefit from the storm was that it limited the number of people on the slopes - only the real hardcore skiers/boarders were out! This meant there was fresh snow for us to enjoy all day.
After having said all that today's photo comes from the following day when there wasn't a storm (that photo is coming later!) and our vision was clear. My brothers and I headed into the trees and I got this cool shot as Robin came flying around one of the trees. I had to manually focus and listen to him ski in order to guess when he was going to pop out from around the tree.
Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 53mm, 1/500, ISO 400, 0.67ev