My homies and I went on a road trip through Italy, just before the pandemic hit Europe really hard. We didn't have an exact idea of where we were gonna go. The only plan was to find some good ski tours with decent snow, which was pretty hard, 'cause there was basically no snow anywhere in Italy. We didn't even plan to go to this spot, it just kind of happened. After seeing some snow on the mountains while driving on the motorway, we decided to give it a try. We knew the snow was pretty shitty from the previous spot we had been at, so we went to Lago di Garda, had some damn good Italian pizza for dinner and then drove up the mountain, where we spent the night. The weather was perfect the next day, we ski toured up the mountain, had lunch and found a good spot. We built the spot and Chris went for a few hits to figure everything out, but by the time we wanted to start shooting, the air had gotten real hazy and you couldn't see the lake anymore. So the idea of getting the lake in the background of the shot was busted and I had to rearrange and try something different. But everything turned out pretty good, 'cause the hazy sky made these beautiful layers and we got this shot.
The wait is over and we can finally share the first new images of this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest! Every week, we announce the semi-finalists of a different category, so stay tuned for more mind-blowing images.