24 Awesome Ski Photos

Photography during the winter can be difficult, especially when it’s cold, the snow is blowing, and the light isn’t great. It’s times like these that make you want to put your camera down, curl up by the fire, and stick to catching up on your editing. Ski photography adds so many other elements to the mix of chilly weather and variable conditions. A photographer has to hike/ski to the shooting location, becomes the director of the athlete and scene, and every action sequence might take a lot of time to set up again if the first shots didn’t work out.

Although the amount of work and dealing with the weather elements can be frustrating at times, a photographer who loves to ski and enjoys the mountains can find a lot of great benefits in focusing on this unique action-sports photography niche. If you’re able to hold your own on the mountain, keep your hands warm, be patient, and communicate well to your subjects, the chances of going home with some quality images goes up dramatically.

Ski Photos

Here are some some awesome examples of ski photography selected from our Flickr group. If you post your photos to this medium, we may feature your work in a future post. There is also a list of resources at the end of this post to help take your ski photos to the next level.

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Mystical Rail with Gus Kenworthy
Skier grinding down staircase in SnowParkNZ, New Zealand

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Snow, Ice and Ski with Enak Gavaggio
Skier in La Grave, Hautes Alpes, France

Andy PARANT — snow cloud
skier jumping at the winter games europe

Gregory Mistral — Vas y Beber
skier going down a slope off piste

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Kangaroo Flip with Vincent Chenal
skier doing kangaroo flip

Runar Eilertsen — Aud and Sjakk at the Ridge
skier with dog on top of a mountain

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Caught in the Sin with Guerlain Chicherit
Skier in Tignes, Savoie, France

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Light Chasing with Adrien Coirier
Skier in Les Arcs, Savoie, France

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Candide Thovex out of nowhere into nowhere
Skier doing a 360

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Powerful Turn with Adrien Coirier
Skier making a turn with snow spraying

Alexis Sylvain — 2.7 in [ orange rail jam ]
Skier grinding rail

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Flo Bastien backcountry 360 Tail grab
Skier doing a 360 tail grab

Andy PARANT — Kevin Rolland – finale
skier jumping in the half-pipe with audience

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — The Blast with Adrien Coirier
Skier going down a slope in   Kamchatka, Russia

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Freedom with Antoine Montant
Skier with paraglider

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Backcountry kicker with Flo Bastien
Skier jumping off a backcountry kicker

Gregory Mistral — Gâté par la lumière
Skier in the half-pipe at sunset

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Jumping Legends with Candide Thovex & Guerlain Chicherit
Two skiers jumping off a cliff

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — BackFlip Enak
Skier doing a backfilp

Gregory Mistral — Sunset rider
Skier jumping at sunset with mountains in the background

Alexis Sylvain — F I S Race au Grand-Bornand , BERGER Marielle
Competitive skier going down a slope

Alexis Sylvain — Pierre-Louis Bonnet
Skier jumping

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Powerful powder turn with Loic Die
Skier making a turn with powder spraying

Tristan ‘Shu’ Lebeschu — Tail Grabbing at Sunset with Flo Bastien
Skier doing a tail grab at sunset

Ski Photography Resources

Nikon – Ski Photography 101
From scouting your location to managing your skiers, being a ski photographer is hard work. This article from Nikon highlights many of the things you need to think about when creating pictures in this unique category of action-sports photography.

REI – Getting the Perfect Ski Shot
This extensive article by REI really goes into depth about all of the steps it takes to get the perfect ski photo. A few of my favorites were communicate your plan, emphasize movement, and probably the most important one of all, keep your hands warm.

Skiing Magazine – Ski Photography Pointers From Grant Gunderson
This is a fantastic gallery of some really great photos by Grant Gunderson as well as a collection of tips from him for making great ski images. To see more of Grant’s work, check out his website and Instagram.

Dan Carr Photography – 10 Things You Will Need to be a Ski Photographer
This is a simple list of gear, created by an experienced ski and mountain photographer, that will help you get prepared for a season of snow, big jumps, and variable weather.

PictureCorrect – 4 Fundamental Tips for Better Ski Photography
A simple but useful article that brings a photographer back to the basics of creating a great skiing photo.

So You Want to be a Ski Photographer

Ian Coble talks about his work as a ski photographer in this fascinating 9 minute video. Check out more of Ian’s work on his Instagram.