Gigi Rüf – Arlberg. Photo: Matt Georges
Even though snowboarding is limited to places that are cold enough to have snow, our horizons are still seemingly endless. Destination is a collection of photo galleries focusing on one area of the world at a time, with advice from our chief snapper Matt Georges, as well as snippets of what went in to some of the shots from a few of the photographers involved. First up: Europe.
It was the Irish novelist George Moore who once said: “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it,” a sentiment that perfectly describes a British snowboarder’s relationship with Europe. After all, it’s where most of us put in our first turns, did our first seasons and – even after decades of affordable global air travel – return year after year. Journals like the one you’re reading may spark a yearning for powder fields afar, but really you can find everything you need just the other side of the Channel.
From heliboarding in Italy to unrestricted off-piste in France; from Austrian parks to Swiss glaciers; and from the Iberian Peninsula all the way up to the freezing North of Scandi-land – where the world’s greatest snowboarders are forged in the same furnace as Mjölnir – the vast scale and infinite variations of this continent and its riders are what brings us back, time and time again.
“With infinite hiking possibilities right from the lifts, it’s a constant battle with the punters to score fresh powder. Head to the high mountains for steep lines, before ending up at a crazy après-ski party hammered on the local booze. Use the wide-angle for scenic shots of crazy mountains and endless Scandinavian sunsets, but pack a full bag – Europe isall about diversity and deploying a mix of photographic skills.”