Ride the Rainbow: Freeriders Ski Colored Snow (PHOTOS)

By Stephanie Valera
Published: January 17, 2014

Action Photos on Colored Snow

Mammut pro freeriders Nicolas and Loris Falquet and Jeremie Heitz ski on colored snow in Les Marecottes, Switzerland. (Jeremy Bernard and Mammut)

We're so used to seeing images of daredevil skiers shredding on mountain slopes covered with pure, white snow but Mammut pro freeriders Nicolas and Loris Falquet, with photographer Jeremy Bernard, are bringing some "color" to the sport by capturing unbelievable action photos of skiing on colored snow. 

On the mountains of Les Marécottes in Switzerland, the Falquet brothers, Bernard and another freerider, Jérémie Heitz, used an atomizer — a Ghostbusters-style portable motorized vaporizer — to spray environmentally-friendly colored pigments on a large area of snow. They spent the next 15 days skiing on the vibrantly hued powder, shooting ski images unlike any the world has seen before. It's a project they titled "Colors." 

"Snow is not white, it is transparent," said Nicolas Falquet. "The white color is simply an illusion created by the refraction of light beams in the transparent snow flakes. As a child, I never questioned the changing appearance of snow."

But after 10 years as athletes and filmmakers (the Falquet brothers have produced and starred in numerous ski films), the Swiss-born brothers have begun to see skiing — and snow — differently, although Falquet says it remains "poetic."

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