Team Shoot

Winter 2019 photo session

How to be creative in Saas Fee





The winter 2019 catalogue shoot went down in Saas Fee at the beginning of last season. Check out the footage from the session right here…

photos by PETER RAUCH

I. Where to go for a photo shoot

Each year we face the same dilemma: The winter 2019 catalogue needs to be shot and we need footage with our team riders wearing the latest gear. Sounds easy, but the reality is that getting good snow this early in the season is hard. So the question is, where should we shoot?

It didn’t stop snowing

The pin fell on Saas Fee, where we were guaranteed something to slide on on the glacier and some serious trick features in the park. The week before we arrived it was puking, which was all good. The bad thing was that it didn’t stop and with the snow came the wind. With D-Day fast approaching the road up to Saas Fee remained closed and some serious sacrifices to Ulr the god of snow had to be made. 

Finally, the roads opened which was a small relief but the glacier and park remained closed with the snow metres deep and seriously wind-effected.

II. It started to rain

The next morning, the snow turned to rain and our location shoot in town looked in doubt. But, as seasoned veterans, we’re used to dealing with the ups and downs of mountain weather and we just got on with the lifestyle shoot in the village. 

TSG photo shoot in Saas Fee Leilani Ettel Kona Ettel

The Ettel sisters and Iouri in front of Peter’s camera

TSG winter 2019 photo shoot Iouri Podladtchikov in Saas Fee village photo Peter Rauch

TSG winter 2019 photo shoot Leilani Ettel Kona Ettel Snowboarders walking in village

Some village lifestyle photos with Kona, Leilani, Sampo Vallotton, Michael Schärer and Iouri Podladtchikov.

TSG winter 2019 photo shoot  Snowboarders and Freeskier walking in village Sass Fee

III. Kicker session in light and dark

Finally, the clouds parted and out came the sun. Gian Simmen fired up the crew to dig a kicker at the gondola and we were guaranteed a fun booter session for the afternoon.

TSG photo shoot 2019 Walking to the set

While we prepped the sky cleared.

Gian Simmen, Michael Schärer and Kona Ettel shaping the kicker

Kicker building = team building

Freeskier Sampo Vallotton with TSG helmet

It may not be Stomping Grounds standard but it was a kicker session nonetheless!

Snowboarder David Hablützel Backside Air

Dave Habluetzel with a BS Air

Freeskier Sampo Vallotton with a inverted 540

Sampo Vallotton, Invert 540

Snowboarder Gian Simmen with a BS 180 Indy

Gian Simmen, BS 180 Indy

Snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov with a  BS Rodeo

Iouri Podladtchikov, BS Rodeo

Snowboarder David Hablützel  with a BS Rodeo Nose Grab

Dave Habluetzel, BS Rodeo Nose Grab

Snowboarder David Hablützel and Iouri Podladtchikov walking

Dave and Iouri talk shop.

Snowboarder David Hablützel with Red bull painted TSG Fly snowboard Helmet

snowboarder changing magnetic lens of TSG Goggle Three

Michael Schärer testing the magnetic System of the new Goggle Three

Then we shot some brass-monkey moments in The Larix‘ Lobby.

snowboard girl Kona Ettel putting on TSG knee guards

Kona Ettel never rides without knee protection. Smart girl! The Knee-Sleeve Joint is super comfortable.

Gian Simmen modelling for TSG photo shoot winter 2019

Gian modeling for some new T-Shirts.

Gian Simmen modelling for TSG photo shoot winter 2019

Michael Schärer and David Hablützel having fun at the TSG photo shoot winter 2019

Michael and Dave fool around at the bar.

Michael Schärer and David Hablützel having fun at the TSG photo shoot winter 2019

Gian and Dave were even up for a short night session before we went for dinner.

snowboarder David Hablützel with a BS Air night shooting in Saas Fee

Dave (BS Air)  and Gian (Indy Tailbone) in action.

Gian Simmen with a Indy Tailbone during TSG nicht shooting

snowboarder David Hablützel and Gian Simmen cheering on the kicker during TSG night shooting in Saas Fee

Cheering after a fun session.

IV. Last action before heading home

The next day we ticked off the portraits and some protection pics and the winter 2019 shoot was wrapped.

Portrait of Leilani Ettel

Beautiful smile of Leilani paired with a beautiful Lotus helmet and Amp Goggle.

David Hablützel in front of the camera at TSG photo shoot winter 2019

snowboarder with back protector

Putting our back protectors into the right light with Kona and Leilani.

Despite terrible conditions we managed to get the shoot done. But to be honest, it was only possible because the team pulled together and stayed motivated! Thanks guys and girls!

With the 2020/2021 shoot now just around the corner and the products stacking up in the office it’s time to find a new location: Any suggestions? 

Check out our new winter 2019 snow helmets and protection for skiing and snowboarding and get ready for a killer season on the snow.

And remember, pray for snow!

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