Originally Posted by bjohansson
Have to agree that TGRs TRs are pretty FKN awesome but I sometimes wonder how much skiing some of those guys actually get in. Seems like an awful lot of time setting up shots given the high quality of the photography.
I don't post too many TRs because I usually ski by myself, but every now and then...
Usually it's an entirely different type of ski day. Yes, there are TR's from resorts on great pow days.
But usually the TR's are backcountry days. Entirely different protocol. You don't often tool around in the BC by yourself, at least not very often on pow days. Second, hiking is tiring. Sometimes is pretty damn nice to take a quick breather and voila, kodak moments. Third, when somebody does drop into the fall line, you avoid overloading the slope with more than one person. Therefore, you have a couple of people standing around watching somebody ski the line anyway.
You are right, on those days you get maybe 4 laps in, give or take. So there isn't a 'ton' of skiing, but that isn't a side effect of photos.
I agree with the difficulty of stopping and setting up a shot when you're just bombing as many laps as you can squeeze in on a lift riding day. But nice shots on some TR's are a nice benefit to some safety protocols and/or the necessity of rest.
Also, being out in a nice wilderness setting with some solitude is inspirational in the same way as people taking photos hiking in the summer time.
BWPA had some nice tips to make TR's seem like less of a PITA or goal of a ski day, and more a nice way to share.