Shooting fast-moving action in snowy locales presents a unique set of challenges.
As you document the daredevils who barrel down mountains, you are always hunting for better powder and bigger tricks. Your batteries drain fast in the frigid air. Fingers usually nimble on the shutter stiffen up in the cold. And the sun shines bright on the slopes.
Richard Walch, a highly decorated pro sports photographer and Canon Ambassador, isn't daunted by these challenges.
"Over time, I learned that once you're on a mountain, you have to be geared up," he says. "You need the right stuff because if you're up there and something goes wrong, there's no room for excuses."
To ensure that you are fully prepared to capture breathtaking winter photography shots, here are Richard's snow sports photography tips.