This was pretty last minute but as I was driving back from Zermatt, the Animal Team Manager got in contact with my Dad to see if myself and Chris wanted to fly back out somewhere to shot the new Animal AW13 kit. We agreed straight away and a few days later we got a flight booking confirmation through and a box of new clothes to take out to Les 2 Alps where we would be doing the shoot.
We got a flight from Glasgow to Heathrow where we met up with Nat Silkstone who was also comeing out to the shoot before getting another flight to Geneva and a transfer to 2 Alps. Once we arrived we had a bit of a trek through the town to find our apartment where we meet up with Ben (the Animal UK Team Manager) and James (our photographer). We were only there for a day and a half so after we’d had a bit of dinner and chatted about the plan for the two days, we headed to bed.
The next morning we were up at 6:00AM to get breakfast and be up the glacier early and get as many shots as possible. The park was really well shaped especially for a summer park. There was a long rail line which we could lap all day and the jumps were nice too. Sadly the bigger jumps were closed due to high winds so we just hit the smaller jumps in the morning and then the rails in the afternoon. Once we’d finished riding we went down, got changed and went to look about the town. We went and had a shot on the luge which was really fun but pretty sketchy as there were no barriers at the side so it was pretty easy to come off the track if you went too fast.
We then did a few lifestyle shots around the town before heading out for dinner. Nat, Chris and I all went for a skate afterwards and I watched my first ice hockey match which was pretty cool.
The next day we ended up getting up even earlier since we were only having a half day so we managed to get to the lift station for first lift. When we got up there the T-bar for the park was still closed so we just hiked the rails and got a couple shots on them. After an hour and a bit the lift still hadn’t started so we had to got take the long lift lap to hit the jumps. James got set up and Chris and I did a few hits on the jumps and managed to get a few tricks down that will hopefully get some good shots. By the time we’d gotten the kicker shots we had to head down so we could pack all our kit and get our transfer to Geneva and our flights home.