2011 Snow Kite Masters Competition

Photographs from The Snow Kite Masters - Mark Esper. Photographer.

The sun breaking through the clouds scatters shadows on the mountain sides of the Serre Chevalier valley, France. (View from Col de Lauteret).///The sunlight and shadows on the mountain sides of the Serre Chevalier valley, France. (View from Col de Lauteret).

The snow part of the equation is the Serre Chevalier valley. A meringue-dipped landscape of snow and clouds in France, close to the italian border.

Blessed (or cursed) with its own weather system the winds here gather and fall on a whisper and can disappear with a shout. No warnings. No explanations. Like a cruel mistress, she comes when she comes and the only way to find her is to thread your way through the valley’s icy roads to the Col de Lauteret and go and see.

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