Peter Schön - Photographer & Ski Alpinist


Tian Shan | Kyrgyzstan | 2010  

Khan Tengri (7010 m) and the first ski descent of Pik Pobeda East (6762 m) 

Pik Pobeda East (6762m), Tian Shan

For a long time I had dreamed about skiing a perfect line on a high peak in some remote corner of our planet. In August 2010 I stood alone on the summit of Pik Pobeda East (6762m), deep in the Tian Shan mountains, on the Kyrgyz-Chinese border.
My partner Anders Ödman was far below, waiting in our tent on the Chon Teren Pass (5500m). I clicked in my skis, alone in a sea of mountains, overwhelming in size. The following ski descent down the NE ridge (to 50°+) would become what was the realisation of a long dream. It was alone ski descent - steep, exposed and above a remote desert of ice and snow - and certainly one of my finest.


Peter Schön is a photographer based in Trondheim/Norway & Tbilisi/Georgia. His passion for photography started in the mountains, during several first ski descents of 5000-6000 m peak in the Andes, Pamir, Tien Shan and South Caucasus. Later, he ventured into documentary photography, with several portfolios about refugees and internally displaced people (IDP) in the South Caucasus.
Peter currently pursues a Ph.D. in urban form, mobility and CO2 emissions at NTNU Trondheim, and also works as certified ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) Ski Guide and CAA Level 3 avalanche technician.