Last year Pete toured the Alps on the first part of his trip to photograph, ski and snowboard the most exhilarating and highest ski and snowboard resorts in the Alps. This series of paintings is a collection of all the top runs in the Alps above 3000m where snowy glaciers remain all year.
These places are very special, on top of the world, incredibly remote, and yet you can get there on a fast and powerful ski lift in minutes with very little effort. You are put where human habitation is not possible, but with the help of a lift pass and a board strapped to your feet you can have an incredible amount of fun.
It’s as if these places collect the all the fun up in the world and throw it back at you every time you visit. There is nothing else at this high altitude to pollute this pure exhilaration, nothing can survive. Even the weather at this altitude can be so extreme that it seems otherworldly. Blizzards of horizontal ice, head high snow drifts and temperatures so low they can freeze you eye lids together. Tackling these runs in a blizzard or bright sun, they never disappoint.
After the extreme cold and bright light of the mountains, happy grins frozen into your cheeks, another wanton pleasure awaits. The reward of the first morning café au lait, or espresso for the needy, in the welcoming warmth of the mountain restaurant, perched high up on these glacial moraines is something else . Warming your hands on a hot coffee by a roaring fire, somehow after all that immense pleasure, you feel as if you have deserved it for playing so hard. With the caffeine boost on top of the adrenaline, you fly like a kite.
This winter you can see the ski and snowboard paintings for sale from last seasons epic trips around the French Alps. Enjoy these paintings and relax and enjoy while Pete prepares the next edition of this series from the last remaining resorts on the list of Zermatt and Verbier in Switzerland and Chamonix in France. This year will sea some wonderful large ski paintings beautiful enough to grace the most prestigious wall. END
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