Inside a Ski Photographer's Pack

Stay warm and dry while never missing a shot of the action.

Curated by John Entwistle

Photography is not easy. As soon as you throw in the variables of the outdoors and fast-moving subject matter involved in ski and snowboard photography, you need to make sure you have the best possible equipment. This is a list of my go-to gear to keep me dry, safe, and shooting all day long in the mountains. 


Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera

This is the perfect camera to use as either a backup camera or a camera to throw in your pocket when you want to pack light and focus on the skiing. I can't tell you how many times my a6500 has allowed me to capture a cool sunset or great last run of the day when I didn't pack my full camera bag.

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Smith I/O X Interchangeable Goggle - Photochromic

Have you ever been getting ready to move to your next shoot location, taken your goggles down from your head, and realized that they have fogged up while you were shooting? The Smith I/OX have the largest interior volume of any goggle, allowing the air inside to maintain it's temperature and resist fogging. Oh, and they look pretty darn cool, too.

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DAKINE Sequence Backpack - 2000cu in

This is my go-to ski camera bag. Rear entry in the only place it is still cool in skiing - the camera compartment. This allows you to put your bag face down in the snow, keeping your straps ice free so that your bag is easy to put back on once you are ready to go. It also keeps all of your gear (everything included in this article, and then some...), looks good, and doesn't cost a fortune like some of the other camera bags out there.

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Salomon MTN Lab Ski Boot

I have been skiing in Salomon boots for 9 years now. They work for my feet, they may or may not work for yours. But these boots do everything. They ski down, climb up, and are warm and comfortable while you are standing around waiting for the perfect light.

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The Ranger

You don't want your pants to fall down mid-shot. Turn to Arcade for the comfiest belts that actually work!

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EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

Expensive, yes...but if you had to spend all of your money on one lens to get you "the shot," this would be it. The focal range can take some getting used to if you are upgrading from a kit lens, but once you have this thing attached to your camera, you will be unstoppable.

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Led Lenser

SEO 7R Headlamp

Because you never know when things could turn dark on you. This headlamp is small enough to not even be noticeable in your pack, but could save your life when you are trying to ski out through the trees after shooting the sunset a little bit too long. With a rechargeable battery and USB charging, you also won't spend a fortune on batteries and you can use most battery packs to give it a little boost.

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Hurricane Blower

Let's face it. To get the shot, you're going to have to get your buddy to absolutely drench you in snow. Now that your lens is covered in snow from getting that last banger, you're going to want to get it off. What do you do? Blow on it? No. The moisture in your breath then causes a beautiful layer of fog across your lens. Turn to the LensPen Hurricane Blower to erase any snow from the face of your lens, without leaving a single mark.

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SmartWool Liner Glove

If you have every tried to operate a camera with big, bulky, Gore-Tex gloves, you will know that it is nearly impossible. The trouble is that out in the elements required for ski and snowboard photography, you need gloves. These glove liners are great to throw on underneath your ski gloves so that when you take them off to get the shot, your hands still stay protected from the elements.

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Arc'teryx Stinger Bib Pant - Men's

Just as important as a waterproof jacket, these pants will keep you dry until the end of a sunset. Top customization tip: I have added knee pads into mine to keep the landing nice and soft when you go down on one knee to get the shot.

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EOS 7D Mark II

Eleven frames per second is the key here. You will never miss that critical shot. And, with the APSC (1.6x) sensor, what you lose in low light sensitivity, you gain in savings from super telephoto lenses.

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