We’re looking back at a very challenging week for the teams shooting around Courmayeur Mont Blanc (ITA)! Click on the Mountain 2018 is done and the winners were crowned, but the way to victory was full of ups and downs – storm, clouds, sun and unstable snow layers didn’t make it easy to deliver. A 2-minute video, a short edit for Instagram and 10 stunning pictures had to be produced within 4 days. Once again, the output surpassed what had been expected and both jury and audience were deeply impressed by the skills of media and athletes. Team Sweden (Adam Klingeteg, Sebastian Sandbland, William Larsson, Erik Lundmark) won the video category, while Florian Albert and Klaus Polzer along with skiers Giulia Monego and Sophie Lechasseur won “Best Instagram Video” as well as “Best Picture.”
"Best lifestyle": Sophie Lechasseur by Klaus Polzer
Courmayeur, 14th March 2018
The 10th edition of Click on the Mountain took off with tough conditions: clouds covered the high alpine areas and further down in the woods it had gotten too warm to find powder. To make things even harder, heavy winds were blowing on Day 2 – so everyone was hoping for the third day, when the helicopter flights into Val Veny were planned. Due to heavy snowfalls and wind the snowpack was unstable and the alpine guides had to make the right choices to keep the crews safe. Avoiding the dangerous sections was crucial but each team still got its fair share of powder turns.
Drops off seracs, backcountry jumps, spraying powder turns, urban rails, and loads of impressive riding were filmed and photographed during four days in the backcountry of Courmayeur.
Simon Gruber and Marco Grigis. Photo by Roberto Bragotto.
Julien Eustache. Photo by Germain Favre-Felix.
The jury, consisting of photo, film, ski and snowboard specialists, had long discussions to decide the winning submissions. On site, Karim Bartoletti (movie producer) and Manuel Castelnuovo (snowboard expert & event founder) sat together, while Manuel Ferrigato (Photographer), Mark von Roy (downdays Magazine) and Alex Acs (Snowboard Team Manager) judged remotely.
“Highly dynamic, strong contrast and an impressive use of light” were the judges’ opinion on the winning photo. “A great, original concept with an eye for details and color—not to mention very good riding!” said the jury on the pick for Best Video.
Saturday night, all film-makers, photographers, riders and guides gathered in the Maserati Lounge in central Courmayeur, to present their productions to the public. The official part of Click on the Mountain found its end when all winners had been announced – still the party continued till early in the morning!
Best Picture: Giulia Monego and Sophie Lechasseur, by Klaus Polzer.
Best Street (although we don't see a street anywhere, but whatever!): Erik Lundmark by Adam Klingeteg.
BEST PICTURE Klaus Polzer / Giulia Monego, Sophie Lechasseur
BEST VIDEO Sebastian Sandbland / William Larsson, Erik Lundmark
Best Instagram Video Florian Albert / / Giulia Monego, Sophie Lechasseur
Best Light (Photo) Klaus Polzer / Giulia Monego, Sophie Lechasseur
Best Action (Photo) Adam Klingeteg / William Larsson
Best Urban (Photo) Adam Klingeteg / Erik Lundmark
Best Lifestyle (Photo) Klaus Polzer / Sophie Lechasseur