For this project, we brought two full-size HD cameras, tripods and an assortment of smaller specialized cameras. We wanted to “double-cam” video-shoot each skiing sequence from different perspectives. Given the high elevation and weight of the equipment, each scene required two or three people packing both sets of cameras, tripods and support gear to separate, photographically desirable spots on the area’s steep slopes.
Once we dropped the bulk of our gear-off at the yurt, we were back out for an afternoon of filming. It continued to snow with “white-out” conditions, but it produced a fun, but eery visual mood.
The second day was a brilliant, blue bird day without a cloud in the sky. What a change!
We started-out early trekking-up the mountain on skis before the snow turned slushy. Joe St. Onge, co-owner of Sun Valley Trekking, led the group to a couloir at the foot of summit of Moose Butt Mountain, which sits in the shadows of the 12,008 foot, Hyndman Peak. Once there, he and two members of the group grabbed ice-crampons, ice axes, safety ropes and strapped skis to their packs to scale the couloir.