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Good times & deep lines at the Mimmi Freek´End in Pyhä, Lapland

From above, our group of skiers and snowboarders looks like a slowly moving pearl string necklace, as we navigate our way through snow-covered thin spruce trees to the Karhunjuomalampi wilderness hut, following the ski track laid by our guide Katja Heikkinen. The surrounding Pyhä National Park has received a foot-deep fresh coat of powder snow […]

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Ski Review: Chinese ski brand Stepsnow

The ISPO Munich held yearly in between the end of January and beginning of February in the capital of Bavaria, is arguably the biggest sports fair in the world. Dozens of halls filled to the brim with the latest offering by the biggest companies (and the occasional startups and SME´s) are enough to make your […]

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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 […]

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 […]