Snowmaking Starts at Heavenly

The team over at snowmaking just fired up the west coast’s largest snowmaking system today at Heavenly Mountain. Nice cold temps are expected the next few day and these guys are planning on pumping out the snow. For the opening sequence, I really wanted to create something different. The concept was to make a dramatic build up, like the count down of a spaceship launch.

First Snow 2011

The transition from one season to another is always an exciting time, especially if you live in the mountains and love snow. Last year was a monster “la Nina” snow year in Tahoe with some ski resorts tallying up over 600 inches of snow. Here is a recap of last year in case you forgot how much snow we had Winter is creeping up on us fast, the mornings are cold, the days shorter and we just received the first snow of the season. Deja vu? last year the first snow was also on October 5. Could the snow gods be lining us up for another big season? Only time will tell if la Nina rolls back through town again.

First snow in Lake Tahoe 10.05.11

Heavenly Summer Videos

I recently shot and edited a couple summer videos for Heavenly Mountain Resort. New to the mountain is Summer Tubing, a newly designed 500 foot tubing surface with a 65 foot vertical drop. I have to admit it’s a fun little ride, perfect for the kiddies. I had a fun afternoon shooting this little video and used a couple of Go Pro cameras to add some fun shots to the piece.

I also put together a video for Heavenly’s annual mountain clean up day. This is a great event where employee’s get the chance to help clean up the mountain. Lot’s of trash was removed from the mountain, the most popular finds were plastic water bottles, lift tickets and beer bottles. However, people did find some unique items like skis, snowboards, rings, poker chips and digital cameras.

Photo – Home Sweet Home

As a long time Tahoe local, I still catch myself mesmerized by the majestic vibrant blue of Lake Tahoe. I have looked at this view for over twenty years from just about every angle and perspective possible. I feel lucky to call Tahoe my backyard and even more lucky to use it as one of the main subjects of my work.

The observation deck at the top of the Heavenly Gondola is arguably one of the most amazing vistas in the Tahoe basin. As I stood there on this beautiful June afternoon I caught myself lost in the moment, almost as if it was my first time seeing this view.

I love meeting people who are new to Tahoe, there is this amazing excitement and euphoria just spewing out of them. When I look at the photo below, these are some of the thoughts that run through my mind.

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