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Ski bumming to the Oscars: Film director Ruben Östlund´s unusual path to success

Swedish film director Ruben Östlund, 44, grew up with his mother on Styrsö, a small rocky island on the south coast of Sweden with only 1400 inhabitants. He learned to ski in Lapland during regular visits to his grandparents. While Östlund continued windsurfing with his friends in the sea surrounding his home island, skiing soon […]

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Quick Review: Salomon S/Lab Shift MNC binding

Photo: Amer Sports/Salomon   The S/Lab Shift MNC hybrid binding has been one of the most talked about ski equipment releases of the 2018/19 season. There has been so much interest toward the binding that Salomon pro skier Cody Townsend had to tell people just before the turn of the year to stop sending him […]

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From Lapland To The Today Show – The Club A Story

It´s the summer of 1984 and Barry Levinson, a young college business graduate from Colorado, is driving a rental car in Lapland towards Kemijärvi, a small provincial town in eastern Lapland, less than an hour´s drive from the Soviet border. Van Halen´s Jump is playing on the radio. As the seemingly endless forests lining the […]

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Climate Change and the Future of Ski Resorts

28 December 2017: Koli National Park, Finland   It should be a busy ski day after the Christmas holidays, but the lifts and cross-country trails remain closed. The Koli ski resort has given an official warning to stay out of the surrounding forests due to the heavy loads of frozen snow in the trees. Aided […]

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Viral videos have made mountain biking a spectator sport

”Are you gonna do a sick jump?” I was asked the question by a random pedestrian as I was preparing for a drop during my routine trail ride. The height of the drop was a mere two meters at best, but it was a fun jump – there aren´t that many perfectly placed fallen trees […]

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Discovering the developing mountain biking scene in the Gastein Valley, Austria

The water cascades down a steep rocky path with a roaring sound and disappears under a stone bridge, it forms a near vertical waterfall on the other side, before finally reaching the valley floor some few hundred meters lower. The surrounding Belle Époquestyle village of Bad Gastein is built on a steep mountain face that is […]

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A campervan road trip to Lapland

As the summer was approaching my girlfriend Laura and I were busy sketching plans for our first road-trip with the newly purchased Volkswagen T3 Syncro. We had already roughly decided on the route, starting off from Helsinki, heading towards the western and north-western parts of Finnish Lapland, then crossing the border to Norway and heading […]

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The skier´s guide to the Japanese powder galaxy

The combination of a unique culture, rich food tradition, local hospitality and one of the world’s best snow records has in recent years made Japan a stable in ski destination bucket lists. Japan has hundreds of distinctively different ski areas on two islands, which can make planning your first trip a daunting task. By reading […]

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The Making of: Red Bull Playstreets 2019

The Red Bull Playstreets event is a unique contest on the international freeskiing competition calendar. Held on the 14th and 15th of February 2019 in Bad Gastein Austria for the eight time, it is arguably the only in-city slope-style event in the world. Although the town center is conveniently located on a down slope, building the […]

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Tracing the roots of Japanese skiing in Nozawa Onsen

It is two a.m. and dark outside. I watch heavy wet snowflakes gently floating down in the halo of a solitary street lamp behind the tinted glass window of our traditional ryokan style room. Unable to sleep, I get up and quietly push open the sliding door with the paper panels, trying not to wake up photographer […]

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