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The Blizzard of Aaahh´s – How the underground rebels saved skiing in the 80´s.

It´s a cold winter day in 1988 and our gym teacher has decided that instead of playing outdoor ice hockey we would watch a movie instead. The class is packed with runny-nosed 15-year-old kids watching skeptically as the moustache wearing middle-aged ski coach sets up the VHS system. It takes only a couple of minutes […]

Past, Present and Tamok with Jarkko Henttonen

Professional snowboarder, ski magazine owner, freeride contest organizer, FWT judge, snow safety author and lecturer, husky musher, mountain guide, ski area developer – the common denominator in Jarkko Henttonen´s CV is his passion for the mountains. I sat down with him to talk through his career and current resort project, that will shape his future.  […]

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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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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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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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Asian Influences – Graphic Designing Classic Skis

One of the pleasures of ski travel is meeting interesting people. A ten-day ski holiday last year in Andermatt, Switzerland proved the case:
 I skied and hung out with like-minded fun characters that I met at the Free rider´s Lodge where I stayed during my visit. Among them was Patrick Bonato, an Austrian living in […]