Have you ever seen Mont Blanc? Sitting at 15,781 feet, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and a playground for mountaineers of all kind. To fully take in the view of Mont Blanc and the glaciers that sculpted its face and spill off its sides, running down to the Vallee Blanche far below, one must take a series of trams that climb out of Chamonix, France, or Courmayeur, Italy. Or you can look through this virtual window.
The team of photographers behind the In2White project spent 15 days shooting 70,000 photos from the vantage point of the glaciers below Mont Blanc. Two months of post later, they created the largest panorama photo ever taken at that elevation—365 gigapixels worth of imagery stitched into one extremely high definition photo that now lives on the Internet, where anyone in the world can zoom in on the intricacies of the White Mountain.
More photos are taken now than ever before. And yet, no matter how many pictures you take—regardless if you have an iPhone or a DSLR—it is still incredibly difficult to truly capture the emotion of being in a place, especially a place as magnificent as Mont Blanc. Which is why the In2White project is so remarkable.
If you love Google Earth, you'll also love this project. Look closely and revel at some of the steepest lines ever skied on the planet. Follow the glaciers down the Vallee Blanche. The massive precipice above is the Dru. Try to find the pointed spire that marks the Aiguille du Midi. The Funivie Monte Bianco, which recently opened, replacing the old Helbronner lift, and was still under construction at the time of this photo, is on the other side of the mountain. Marvel at the infrastructure that has provided unparalleled access to terrain of this kind. If you haven't been to this place already, this photo certainly provides perspective on why Chamonix is ground zero for steep skiing.