Photo Friday – “Hip to Grip”

Photo Friday is a quick blog capturing skiers on the slopes. It’s a journal of present and past photographs captured from resorts across North America.


Here’s a photograph we took during a race event at a local ski resort. The racer was competing in a Slalom race early March. Skiers are in the Under-12 age category.

FIG 1.
Skier shows a good approach to the gate
FIG 2.
Skier 2 is on the same line but seems to have a different edge angle compared to the previous skier. WHY?
VIDEO: Two Skier Comparison

Type of Turns

This skier is racing in a Slalom course. The speed and slope were advanced level.

Time of Year

This photo was taken in March 8th, 2020 at 1:22pm at Craigleith Ski Club (Ontario, Canada)


The photo was captured during mid day on Comet slope (Black diamond run)

Snow Conditions

Conditions were groomed firm.

Camera Settings

  • Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon Zoom Lens: 70-200mm
  • Focal Length: 200mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Shutter: 1/1600 sec


Skiers at the gate seem to be a more dramatic photo. It’s also a point in the turn that the ski edges have increased to the maximum. This makes for an action photo with the snow flying.

If you’re trying to capture ONE photo, I focus at the point where the gate meets the snow and I’m then confident to capture a focused image.

If you want multiple photos, Canon has a setting called Ai Servo which would normally constitute a detailed article. The short version? – It tracks the subject as you pan with the skier…

Andrew Elsdon

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