I buzzed into Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday night to ensure I'd avoid an eastern storm and make it there in time for the kickoff of the 2014 Ski Salt Lake Shootout. This is the second time I've been invited—it's a pretty cool event where eight photographers convene on Salt Lake and get teamed up some top-level skiing talent to go out and produce the best imagery possible in just four days time.
The "fantasy-style" draft party was hosted at Market Street Grill in Cottonwood Heights. It started with us drawing numbers out of a hat to determine the draft order. I picked last out of the hat but got the first pick. I selected Parker Cook first overall. He's a pro skier and a custom furniture maker and I figure both these skills might come in handy this week.
Our first day shooting is at Alta on Tuesday. Day two is at Brighton, followed by Snowbird on Thursday and Solitude on Friday. The avalanche danger in the backcountry is off the hook. A Utah Avalanche Center forecaster came to speak at the draft. He said in 25 years working in the Wasatch he's only seen this type of "extreme" avalanche hazard once before. Scared the shit out of me. I'll report back after day one of shooting.