Every year, Lamborghini puts on something called the "Winter Accademia." It's a week-long event wherein professional racing drivers teach clients how to drive the latest Lamborghini supercars on snow and ice—in short: one of the coolest events a motorsport photographer could cover. And this year, motorsport photojournalist Jamey Price was there to document the whole thing.

I stumbled across Jamey's story earlier this week on Facebook, where he shared the Behind the Scenes video above. But rather than just post the video without further context, I reached out and asked Jamey for some details about the Winter Accademia and what it's like to shoot it.

What he ended up sending us is worth publishing in full, so read on to find out what it's like to shoot the Lamborghini Winter Accademia 2018, and then scroll through the gallery at the bottom to see some Jamey's favorite shots from the event.


Shooting the Lamborghini Winter Accademia 2018

Every winter, Lamborghini North America organizes a driving event called Winter Accademia for existing and prospective clients to drive the latest Lamborghini models on snow and ice. Most people see a Lamborghini as an exotic car meant for driving in “normal” conditions, but in reality, with a little help from Pirelli winter tires with small metal studs, they are more than capable as performance cars on the ice too.

I’ve been fortunate to work with Lamborghini since 2013 covering races, as well as private driving events, concours and auto shows around the United States. This is simply one of the many events that is organized for the brand during the year. But as you can guess, it's one of my favorites.

Lamborghini descended on Hotel Sacacombie on the lake that bears the same name in Quebec for a week of driving in late February and early March. The cold temperatures during the winter freeze the lake with over 30 inches of ice, which is more than enough to drive on. The track is simply a plowed section of snow on the frozen surface of the lake where we can run a drift circle, figure eights and the full track where a team of 7 professional racing drivers can teach clients the finer points of drifting a Lamborghini.

As a photographer, it doesn’t get much better than this. Yeah, it’s long days in the cold which is brutal on both the gear and myself, but it’s amazing photography chasing these high performance cars in an environment that is very contained, safe and, most of all, fun.

Especially with the professional drivers, I can put myself in places I would never consider standing under normal conditions at a track. Because everything happens in slow motion on the ice, you can get pretty close and capture lots of photos of the cars completely sideways and throwing snow and ice into the sky.

Credits: Lamborghini, Lamborghini Squadra Corse, IRIS Worldwide and the amazing team of professional drivers I'm fortunate to work with every week.


A big thank you to Jamey for sharing his experience and photos with us. To see more of his work or follow along as he shoots some of the most adrenaline (and gasoline) fueled events around the world, visit his website or give him a follow on Instagram and Facebook.