And there are no pistes. That's right....none.
This makes it a powder skier's paradise, a whole mountain covered in virgin snow, and you can make your own lines down the mountain. Once you get away from the top station, you will hardly see another skier. The open mountain and local culture make a wonderful change from the over developed resorts we are used to in Europe and North America. I hope to make it back there next season.
The whole video was shot on a pair of Canon 5d mark IIs, and this was the fiest time I had shot video on these cameras. A few things I learned:
- Exposure is tricky, especially on the snow in bright sunlight (the recent 2.0.4 firmware update helps with it's live histogram)
- Focusing on fast moving skiers is almost impossible
- Shooting handheld is very wobbly...
I shot the video with my friend Richard Hadley at Ballistic, and Rich did a fantastic job on the editing. So when you have a spare 6 minutes, click on the video below. Crank up the volume and watch in full screen mode for the best impact.
Gulmarg 23.01.10 from Julian Love on Vimeo.