Moab. A mecca for so much. World class mountain biking. National and state parks as beautiful as any around. And even…skiing. Yessir–skiing in Moab. The La Sal mountains are no bump on a log. Topping out at 12,000 ft, the La Sals command at least a good long glance from most anyone who visits Moab. I recently returned from a trip down south on assignment for Skiing magazine shooting a skiing/biking story for a small feature being published this fall.
We were expecting classic corn skiing above distant red rock desert. Instead, we found survival skiing on breakable crust that threatened to break your knee caps and laugh at you for even considering gliding downhill on what more resembled a moonscape than a skiable slope. Regardless, much fun was had, and eventually, the snow did soften. Our goal was to ski the La Sals and bike all the way to Moab itself from the bottom of our ski descent. Unfortunately, it had snowed a good amount several days earlier and the trails up high were still snow covered.
We decided to drive down to LPS and ride the Porcupine Rim trail all the way to town. For those that have ridden that trail, you’ll likely nod your heads in agreement when I say it is one of the best in the world, hands down. Super scenic, fast and plenty of technical spots to keep you on your toes. Doing it with 20 lbs of camera gear on the back was harrowing at times, to say the least. Let’s just say it felt good to have my gear insured.
Despite being completely hammered from an epic day, I woke up the next morning to shoot sunrise at Dead Horse Point State Park. Wow that place is beautiful. So much to see. The afternoon was spent hiking some short trails in Arches National park, and then it was off to Canyonlands National Park for a sunset shoot. I was hoping for dramatic skies, as crystal clear was becoming much too common with my scenic shooting of late. Mother Nature did not disappoint as an approaching storm provided ample drama to work with.
Moab is a fantastic place for recreation, relaxation and photography. Get down there solo, or with the fam–you certainly won’t regret it. Stay tuned for some exciting workshop news with the Sorrel River Ranch down there. We are currently in the process of establishing two scenic photography workshops for this fall. Should be epic!