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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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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 […]

Ski boot review: Lange XT Freetour 130 LV

The growing popularity of the ski touring category has probably been one of the biggest trends in the ski industry during the past few years. In the past ski touring products were strongly divided between the side country market, with beefy skis, stiff boots and frame bindings, and the pure ski touring market, dominated by […]

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On the Myoko Express

After spending a sleepless night in a hotel situated in the middle of Kabukicho´s red light district in Shinjuku we headed for the busy Tokyo Station. Sleep-deprived, we pulled our ski bags through a constant stream of people trying to read the signs written mostly in Japanese. In the end we managed to find the right desk and get […]

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Northern Exposure in Ylläs

Words: Jaakko Järvensivu, Photos: Juha Laine The wind is moving the snow like a fast magic carpet on top of the rock-hard snowpack that is covering the surrounding fells under a layer of white wavy formations, with rocks protruding here and there like small islands. The whirling snow stings you when making contact with exposed […]

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Krippenstein – Austria ´s world powder heritage site

The Dachstein mountains rising up to 3000 m are known for the high number of karst caves in the area, some of which are 60-80 km long. The inner Salzkammergut region, which includes the Dachstein massif and the town of Halstatt have been declared as a world heritage site by Unesco, both because of it´s […]

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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 […]