Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
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JP Memorial, Riksgränsen

JP Auclair was our hero, rolemodel and good friend. Always a happy spirit, never afraid to get outside his comfort zone, exploring every part of the mountain, from the terrain park to the steeps. When he passed away 2 years ago, we knew the world freeskiing would never be the same. Many legends have passed through the years, but JP represented something bigger than most. He wasn’t the start of an era, nor was he the most technical jumper, the biggest heavy line charger or the wildest steep skier. We owe so much to so many, but what made JP different was that he seemed like he would never vanish. From the birth of modern freestyle with the first twintips, to the powder rocker revolution, JP was always present. Throughout his near two decade career he always stood out, managed to find a way to differentiate himself, and never faded in any way. It was with these memories in mind we gathered once again in the tiny resort of Riksgränsen, Sweden, where JP lit the torch of modern day freestyle skiing back in 1998, going bigger than the snowboarders at the classic event King of the Hill. It was once again time to celebrate the life of an icon, a pioneer, a father, husband, and friend. Here are a few moments in time, in an attempt to document this special gathering of fans, local shredders, legends and fun-lovers. Photos by Sofia:

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Riders meeting for the hipjump contest.

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Hanging out with mr Daniel Rönnbäck

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TO JP!

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Remember the Huntony grab?

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No gopros allowed, Mattias Larsson getting down with the hi-8.

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360 on the hip

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Felix “Fellkan” Lundin boosting

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The classic Riks backdrop

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E Dollo and B Mile

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Bottom booter getting sent!

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Joona Kangas, backflip mutegrab contest

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In true anti-competition fashion, the riders cast their votes for the winners of each category. Here’s Henrik making his voice heard.

Who won? I can’t even remember. Out of respect for the film camera rule (no social media around at night), and for keeping a shroud of secrecy around this magical event, I won’t post any behind the scenes/nightlife/hangout photos. Make sure to book your ticket to next years event instead, and come join the best times in skiing there is! See you next year!

Jacob

The Tamok Valley

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4 rainy hours in the score-mobile later and we yet again found ourselves in the Lyngen mountain range. This time further south, a valley or two in from the ocean to find colder snow and more dramatic mountains. In Tamok, it’s as if we had teleported into a place much more alpine and serious than the other zones we had explored up until now. Some serious potential for steep skiing to be found for sure, and it’s a region we will have to return to again soon. With only 3 days left to explore Norway before we had to get to Riksgränsen for the JP Memorial, it was time to find some snow!

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Our Tamok basecamp with private sauna, thanks to local legend Aadne Olsrud.

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Sofia on the long approach to the northernmost subpeak of Rostafjellet, a zone we scoped from the road that looked like it held some potential for epic sunset light.

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Midway…

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After 4 hours of walking it was time to get the skins off for the final bootpack.

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Simon ready to rip

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Standing on top of a fun and technical line at 10pm.

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Despite three weeks of summer-like temperature, we found amazing, dry snow on two thirds of our descent!

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Moments like these…living life to the fullest right here, after letting go of the brakes when the face opens up.

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Sofia making her way down the valley after the sun had set on us. So impressed by the willpower it takes to climb a 1000 vert meters after only one “real” season of skiing. Can’t wait for more adventures with this one!

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Our hideaway for cold returns from the mountain. Here I am improvising a waxing iron using a flat stone. It didn’t really work…

Lyngen, Lofoten, Narvik, Tamok. What a wild 3 weeks in northern Norway. I can honestly say I’ve never been this impressed by the beauty of raw, untouched nature before visiting these regions, and I will most certainly return as soon as possible. Norway we love you!

Next stop – Riksgränsen, and the annual JP memorial!

Jacob

Narvik

After Lofoten, our camping caravan odyssey through the Norwegian valleys continued, yet again in search for snow after our brief surf vacation. We drove back to the mainland and camped out in Narvik for 3 days while waiting for the weather to clear up enough to ski Skamdalsrennan, a local classic in Beisfjord, just south of Narvik. After 3 long days in the vans, playing backgammon and building campfires, we finally got a fresh dusting of snow and (somewhat) clear skies to ski it:

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The view of Tverrdalsfjellet from our camp, with our objective just behind the shoulder on the left. The only downside to this mission was that the early spring had melted off all the snow below 300 meter vertical, so the first hour of the day was spent on climbing up slippery rocks and grass to get to the snowpack.

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Somewhere after putting our skis on, we discovered what we at first glance assessed as bear cub tracks. Worried about bumping in to mama bear, we kept our eyes open as we made our way across the flats before starting our ascent.

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I know it’s a bad photo – it’s from 400 meters with a pocket camera – but it is my first real life wolverine sighting. A bit relieved we weren’t going to have to deal with bears, we kept on walking. The wolverine remained close to us until it felt cornered and took off up the mountain. What a mystical creature!

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Daniel and Simon on the peak, as the first sun rays of the day burst through the clouds.

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Incredible views from up here, and missions for a lifetime.

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Simon rappelling into the couloir, which is the steepest in the start before winding down a massive crack in the mountain.

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A welcoming sight, looking down the first tenth of the run, covered in a thin but soft snow layer. This is after a week of rain and high temperatures so we were actually surprised to find decent conditions.

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Simon practicing his steep skills

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Daniel ripping some turns after getting the photos in the top of the chute.

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Amazing ambience below these walls, what a place!

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My first freshwater bath for a week, after doing the long hike back out of the valley. This was our situation throughout the trip, you build up courage and confidence by becoming ultra-smelly, and eventually you just have to get in the water. So worth it afterwards!

Next post will be about the Tamok valley, to which we left the morning after. The 5 centimeter dusting Narvik got ended up being three times as deep up north, so it was time to get back in the cars!

Jacob

Lofoten surfing

After our three magical days in Lyngen, the clouds were gathering on the horizon as a big North Atlantic low pressure started showing. This would bring some precipitation to the area, although it was most likely to fall as rain, added to the fact the wind gusts were predicted to hang around in the gale region. It was simply not going to be a good time to stay in the mountains if we wanted to keep sane in our campers, so it was time for a backup plan. As the fanatic surfing hobbyist you know me as by now, I quickly got wind of the surf forecast predicted for Lofoten, 8 hours south. The swell was supposed to be 8-10 foot for almost 3 days, the winds looked promising for some offshore perfection, and I hadn’t been in the water since December! Without many options, we decided to do the long drive down there, get in the water, and possibly scope some skiing lines on the way. Off we went!

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Some of the incredible scenery you drive along before turning off on the E10 highway, onto the island chain of Lofoten. Sofia had the telephoto lens in her lap for most of the 8 hours spent on the road.

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The Narvik mountains

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Drive by photography

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At times you simply stop pointing at everything you see and just accept that you have teleported to a Lord of the Rings movie.

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Sofia on a leg-stretcher a few hours from our destination.

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Plenty of fantastic looking steep skiing and ferried lines all around these massifs, with easy access from the road. This year the spring simply arrived a bit early to get after it, but it’s all on the checklist for next spring!

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The majestic bay of Unstad, with its classic pointbreaks and the beachbreak that have been surfed since the 70s. Being so far, cold and fickle however, these waves still remain uncrowded for the dedicated few that spend enough time out here to score.

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The right starting to show its teeth. After taking this photo, I hurried into the lineup for my first surf in 6 months. Nothing beats the feeling of getting back on the board!

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Cold wetsuits are easy to get into when you see the third wave in one minute barrel and spit across the bay.

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Morning surf with Daniel

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Daniel finding some beachbreak perfection.

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Refuelling with some smoked reindeer after the first Arctic surf for mr. Rönnbäck.

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Unreal colors in this photo by Daniel, and despite the liberal grading, this is basically what it looked like when the morning sun illuminated the dark horizon, revealing the vibrant, cerulean hues of the cold water. I think I spent 4 hours in the water on my first morning session, and we were never more than 4 people in the lineup. Despite being rusty from the long break, I think I still have to rank this day in my top 5 surf sessions ever!

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The second night was the best, wind-and-swell wise. A strong offshore breeze groomed the growing swell into ruler-edge lines, peeling fast down the point. The sun even came out for a minute, a rare occurrence on this part of the trip.

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When you see only one guy in the water and sets like this roll through, you don’t waste any time getting out.

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Local charger getting ready for a cover-up on the inside.

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And this is where it all went wrong. After my marathon-session the day before I didn’t have much energy left, but with the perfect conditions I just couldn’t help myself. Somewhere under the lip on this set wave, the second wave of my session, I slipped off my board taking off late, and instantly felt a hard blow to my face, followed by being rag dolled under the water, hitting some rocks and getting dragged across the uneven bottom. When I popped up my face was warm and I couldn’t see anything on my left eye! I quickly got to the beach where I could get looked at by the crew, and was relieved to discover my board had narrowly missed my eye and I couldn’t see because of the swelling. 

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Bummed out to miss such an epic barrel-fest, but incredibly happy I still have two eyes. A solid reminder that things can go wrong quickly if you’re not feeling strong but still go for it!

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On our third day, the swell had reached maximum size, 10 feet at 15 seconds, causing many of the bigger sets to close out across the bay. I had my cuts taped up and got in the water anyways, and we were a small crew out trying to dodge the unmakeable ones. Always a good time paddling around in some heavy surf!

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Not as perfect as the day before, but so damn fun. A good ride on the right can be over 200 meters, even longer if the sand is good on the end section. Here’s me setting up for the second section.

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Steep drops with noodle arms!

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Probably the closest I came to a barrel on this trip, taking off under the lip.

Despite getting beat up, sitting out the best session and feeling like a beginner, it was still such an amazing feeling to change up the elements and do something different after a long winter. Hopefully there will be another swell before we have to return south. Three more weeks in paradise, stay tuned for the next update on our journey!

Jacob

Arctic Circle part 1

After Chamonix we steered the van north, towards the Arctic Circle over a 1000 kilometers from summery Stockholm. It’s become somewhat of a tradition for me to spend May in Northern Sweden, and this time I wanted to show Sofia the magic too. Because of bad snow depth on the Swedish side of the border we decided to keep going into Norway, where higher elevations could offer up some better snow. With no real plan in mind, we set out on a month-long adventure in the score-mobile, packed full of skis and surfboards, ready for any hand Mother Nature would deal us. 3 weeks later, we have seen every kind of weather and snow conditions we knew existed, slept in some of the most beautiful locations I’ve ever seen, stayed up long nights under a bright sky, and basically forgotten that time existed. Now I’ve finally found some time to sit down and share some words and photos from this trip. I will start with our first stop, the Lyngen peninsula just north of Tromsø. If you ever get the chance to visit, just go. There’s no place like it.

Most photos by Sofia Sjöberg:

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Sofia taking in the view somewhere in Northern Sweden

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Happy driver in the score-mobile!

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Our first view of the Lyngen Alps. Despite a bad snow year we were blown away by the potential for amazing skiing up here.

 

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Daniel Rönnbäck was happy to finally see some mountains again

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Views, views, views

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Daniel and Simon taking a leg-stretcher after 12 hours of driving. Almost there.

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Mind-blowing terrain around here, and it was really good to get a good view of these peaks for future expeditions. This time our weather-window only allowed for some mellower tours but I’ll be back as soon as possible…

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View over Nord-Lenangen, where we camped on our first night in Lyngen. This photo was taken at 1.00 am!

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With Simon Ericson on our first day on the mountain, which turned out to be a half marathon on skis, 20 kilometers over ridges and rollers until finishing off on a 900 meter pyramid mountain across the valley. Nothing gnarly or special skiing-wise but such a crazy day in the mountains!

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Daniel enjoying the pleasant weather

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Sofia on her way towards our first summit of the day.

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Lunch break.

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Our final objective which we found during lunch. Thinking it would be a quick mission we skied down into the valley and put our skins back on. Turns out the distances here are very misleading and it added another 4 hours to our day. Still so worth it!

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Topping out at 8pm ready to ski some perfect spring snow! Daniel Rönnbäck photo.

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Our camp setup below one of the peaks.

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Simon preparing the campfire

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Enjoying some freshly brewed “kok-kaffe” from Lemmel-kaffe. A northern specialty!

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Pondering where to go skiing at 5 in the afternoon. My favorite part about this region is the ever-lasting light. No need to set early alarms!

 

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Screenshot from the Hexo+ on another peak the day after. Got some very fun footage from the last few weeks to show you!

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Midnight dip in the North Atlantic

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Sofia making stir-fry in the van, ready for another day in paradise.

After three days in Lyngen, the weather unfortunately turned sour on us, and with a week of clouds in the forecast we got back into our motorcade and headed south. The charts called for swell, and after a 5 month break from the surfboards I couldn’t to get in the water! Check back soon for a surf post…

Jacob

 

Back in real life

Hello.

I’m writing this from my mother’s house just outside Stockholm, after driving a solid 2700 kilometers through Europe over the last few days. It’s a bit like awakening from the most amazing dream that seemed like it would last forever. Yet, here I am, and it’s like nothing has changed. What a winter it has been. Storm cycle upon storm cycle, deep powder days followed by high pressure weeks of long and exploratory ski-tours, shred days with local heroes and visiting friends, this season had every ingredient to be one for the books. Somehow I have managed to stay out of harm’s way too, for once.

This week Sofia and I are based in Stockholm, finishing up some business, having meetings and re-organizing for the final stretch of the winter, the annual trip up north. Really excited for the next couple of weeks, and on Saturday we are steering the trusty score-mobile towards Lyngen, Northern Norway. A place I’ve never seen but that I’ve heard great things of. I have no idea what to expect but we are prepared for whatever the mountains and the sea throws at us.

Selecting the best photos from the last two months is not going to be an easy task, but here’s an attempt. Hope you like!

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360 tailgrab into the sunset at the B&E Invitational. I haven’t had this fun at a park event in so many years. Huge props to Henrik and Phil and their entire crew for creating such a good vibe and inviting me and Sofia over for the great times. Can’t wait for next year!

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Back in Chamonix after the contest Sofia and I headed out in the Aiguilles Rouges (basically the mountain chain where the ski resorts Brevent and Flegere are situated). This area is amazing for spring tours, with short access from the lifts and a huge selection of routes.

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Just a small portion of the terrain that’s accessible in this region. Lots of spots lined up for next winter!

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Meet the Hexo+. This sweet little thing follows you down the mountain automatically, and give you aerial footage for a tenth of the cost of an actual heli day. Keep an eye out for some wild stuff coming soon!

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Corey Stanton, Armada’s main filmer guy and all around awesome dude, skinning around high above Chamonix. The crew was in town for 10 days and unfortunately they were some of the driest days all season. With almost no soft snow around we had to get creative, and if anyone can make magic happen from very little, it’s Corey. The next episode of Snowcieties will be a good one!

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Despite not getting snow for two weeks, this is one of the features we hit that day. It’s all about knowing where to look for it. This zone has been on my hit list for a long time, and I knew it would be a good backup plan in case the snow went bad.

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Sofia overlooking the Mont Blanc. Great place to daydream about crazy lines. On the very left Aiguille du Midi is hiding in the clouds, with Glacier Rond just showing (the biggest patch of snow on the mountain). One of the better runs in town!

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March was, in retrospect, a tough month to find good snow. Here, my Finnish friends Joonas and Jussi are putting in some work bootpacking all the way up Breche de Praz-Torrent looking for some of it.

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Jussi almost all the way up the couloir. Unfortunately someone had sidestepped the top 100 meters, ruining what otherwise would have been some decent snow. Oh well, still a good day out, and a beautiful run!

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The day after the above photos, we randomly stumbled upon some over two-weeks old powder just across the border to Switzerland. This zone needs to be filmed next year! Nikolai Schirmer photo.

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Steep and deep! Nikolai Schirmer photo.

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Cool perspective in the same zone. Nikolai Schirmer photo.

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One of our last nights in town we stayed in the Refuge des Cosmiques, at 3600 meters. Except having a hard time sleeping due to altitude, we had an amazing time and I truly recommend it!

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The Aiguille du Midi at night. Speechless.

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Sofia enjoying some morning turns down a powdery Vallée Blanche the day after. It’s been awesome watching her progress as a skier, as someone who has never skied more than a week a year.

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And then the snow came. This day, I was out with a solid group of steep skiers that somehow convinced me to start bootpacking up an 800m wall on one of the North faces deep in the Argentiere basin, also known as Aiguille Qui Remue. Unfortunately just before we got ready for crossing the bergshrund, big waves of sluff (loose snow knocked off the warming rock walls high up), started spitting out the bottom, nearly taking us out. Turning around is never easy but this day the mountains spoke a very clear language. Next year, I hope!

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The snowfall gave us a few amazing days at the end of the trip however. Here’s a deep turn from Grands-Montets.

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Sofia getting after it!

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…And that was it! I will keep posting highlights from the last 4 months, as we have hundred of GBs of photos from this winter, and it’s simply impossible to fit them all in one post. Hope you enjoyed this one!

OK, time to finish up the taxes (love this time of the year, haha), run some more errands, reorganize hundreds of kilos of baggage into the van, and then we’re off again! Check back soon!

Jacob

Click On The Mountain 2016

Hey everyone, greetings from Les Arcs at the 2016 B&E Invitational! A super fun event I never planned on attending this winter but as I had a good window for it and I was sent a last minute invite I decided to go! So fun shredding a nice spring park with all the homies!

Anyways, since internet has been very bad for us the last week, I’m going to let you all wait a few more days for the B&E coverage, but in the meantime I figured I should fill you all in on what happened last week over in Italy! The photo and video contest Click On The Mountain went down in Courmayeur, and we had a great team working all over the mountain in order to create the 5 best photos and the best edit. Unfortunately we didn’t take home any prizes (big ups to Team Chamonix for absolutely crushing it out there), but here’s our video for your viewing pleasure. We had some challenging weather days but all in all I am super stoked on how it all turned out! Enjoy:

Stay tuned for full B&E coverage soon, now it’s time to head back out to the venue and go nuts on this amazing course! Make sure to check out the live stream on Downdays at 2:30 GMT today!

Jacob

Hiking, touring, building, filming, repeat.

Phew, time flies! I can’t believe February has already come to an end, I don’t think winter has ever passed this fast throughout my life as a full-time skier. I guess non-stop powder-to-sun cycles make the days go by. Chamonix has really been the place to be in January and February, with a solid base, not too many weird snow layers and a LOT of sunshine. It’s been a week since my filmer Emil headed back home and the off to Oslo for X-Games (YEAH Henrik!), and the past week has been sort of a chill one for me, with some touring, lots of freeriding without cameras and skiing the Vallée Blanche with Sofia. It’s awesome watching her progress in powder snow, and becoming more comfortable on the mountain.

Today we are heading south, through the tunnel and over to Italy, and the lovely ski town of Courmayeur for the video and photo contest “Click On The Mountain”. If you have read this blog in the past, you know that I did the same contest 2 years ago with Daniel, where we ended up splitting the win with Tero Repo’s team. This year it’s looking like we are going to get hammered with snow throughout the whole week, so expect some crazy pillow and tree riding! The basic idea for the following 4 days is to make one edit, and produce 5 photos, to take home some of the prize money. It’s going to be good to get back out there with a media team and make magic happen again!

Alright, time for some eye candy! Here’s the past 3 weeks in photos, most taken by Sofia:

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Dinner time with the crew, Emil the filmer proves he is also a top-notch chef, cooking up a huge lentil dahl to keep everyone energized for another day out there. Really stoked on our food program here, making extra dinner for the next day’s lunch and so on.

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Long Backgammon nights is the recipe for success.

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Equipment care is key after steep and rocky rides.

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One of the most memorable experiences so far was sleeping a night on the mountain, in one of the many mountain huts scattered across the Mt Blanc range. Here’s the view from Refuge de Requin on the Vallée Blanche. If you’re in Cham for more than a few days, make sure to book a clear night up here!

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Magical dawn light over Aiguille Verte.

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The same mountain during the day, with steep lines that scare the shit out of me, like the Y couloir from it’s peak, or the Whymper couloir on lookers right of the summit.

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Another crazy face, the north side of Tour Ronde. Don’t think I’ll be touching these lines for another few years, there’s just too much fun to have around here where you don’t risk your life at every turn.

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Simon Ericson scoping lines in the morning after sleeping at 2500 meters.

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Mountain Choughs keeping us company, or rather waiting for food.

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Sofia after scrambling her way down the famous Arête on the Aiguille du Midi. The actual ski down Vallée Blanche is comparable to a red piste, but the most challenging part is the short walk down the ridge from the top. If you make a mistake here, you have a long way to fall. Proud of my girl for stepping up to the challenge!

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Looking back at the ridge, and the kilometer-high, over 50 degrees steep North face sloping off to the right.

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Somewhere down the road on the 18 kilometer run to the bottom, alone, in great snow.

After getting our high-altitude fix, we ventured back into the sunny sidecountry of Flegere and Brevent, where we have been scoping out some pretty fun “mini-golf”. This place blows me away every time, no matter how small a line looks from a distance, it’s always twice as big as you expect! Here’s 3 moments from a fun line just off the lift in Flegere:

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3,2,1…drop!

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Now where was that landing again…?

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Landing gear ready!

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Our Finnish friend Jussi Taka making some steep and deep turns on the face.

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And of course, this little guy has been seeing plenty of action. Gotta love the drone footage! Here’s two sneak-peeks of the outcome:

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Touring in the Argentiere Basin looking for steep lines. These dark walls of steepness usually don’t come into play until March, but thanks to the heavy snowfall over the last few weeks a few of them start to look interesting… The couloir lookers far right is the Chevalier couloir, that I skied with Tof Henry and Glen Plake back in 2014 for Unfiltered Skiing.

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Sofia in front of a fraction of the amazing terrain offered by the Grands-Montets top lift.

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Roped up between the (well-filled) crevasses. Such a strange, interesting place for a sunday walk.

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This day the temps rised to over 15 Celsius in the sun, destroying whatever powder was left. Made for some pretty interesting snow textures.

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Hiking a jump with Simon while Sofia is shooting. This is the last session we got with the crew before they had to drive back home to Sweden, and it was a pretty epic one! 45 centimeters of blower pow in Flegere, and more terrain than one can point a camera at!

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Pick your take-off!

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Sending it, landing some, crashing a lot. This kind of snow is the best for trying new rotations, it won’t get any softer!

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The feeling after landing a trick in deep snow…doesn’t get much better!

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Simon putting in the hard work.

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Just one more…

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…and one more…

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Emil getting some well-deserved filmer turns after the session!

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Footage review by the camper van after a big day on the mountain. So excited to start putting all this footage together for something epic next fall!

Oh, and before I forget! Yes, February was awesome, but I just realized I haven’t showed you what January’s B-roll ended up like. Enjoy 5 minutes of POV shredding in some of my favorite Cham secrets:

Thanks for reading this huge post, frankly it’s been difficult to get much internet stuff done on the slow wifi we get around here, and I’m not motivated enough to go find a place to work, after 8 hours on the mountain almost every day! I’ll get better I promise!

Check back soon, see you in Italy!

Jacob

Chamonix life pt. 2

Solid wifi in the apartment ghetto of Chamonix Sud is not the most reliable, hence part 2 of the last photo post has been tough to get online. Our wifi works just fine for a day or two, then it can easily pass a week before someone is called to turn the router on and off… Anyways, better late than never, I’m back on the blog!

Finally, after a high pressure that left the Alps feeling like early May, with temps in the t-shirt range some afternoons, the fluffy white stuff we all live for is falling outside my window. The precipitation started early this morning and since then it has been coming pretty much non-stop, with a freezing-line that’s steadily falling, by now way below our 1035m above sea level. I drove to Grands-Montets in the pouring rain this morning and got two fun tree runs with a friend, but you could still tell there was a nasty crust under the fresh snow. At least it was good to see the forests white again, and with this tempo I’m pretty certain we’ll have ourselves a very deep weekend!

A bunch of photos and some descriptions to go with them, hope you like!

 

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Aiguille du Chardonnet and Aiguille d’Argentiere, just before the first high-pressure day cooked the fresh snow to a crisp.

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My dad came down for a weekend to visit us and see some real mountains. He got a couple perfect piste days and some pretty amazing scenery. Here he is with Sofia at Le Tour.

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The remains of our jump spot zones, seen from Le Tour. We worked this zone for almost a weeks, but the last few days definitely put an end to it, with rain all the way up to 3000 meters! I can’t wait to see it fully reset after the dump thats currently going on outside, as I have a few spots that I want to re-hit…

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Sofia enjoying the morning light at Brevent.

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No Cham trip is complete without seeing the Vallée Blanche. Two days ago we got a beautiful run down the Grand Envers with no other tracks. The boys were stoked to be out in some bigger terrain! Here’s Emil and I having a look at the north face. Not this time around…

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Standing on the top of the Aiguille du Midi, with the Mt Blanc in the background and Chamonix town 3000 meters below us.

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Emil and Morten ready for the scariest part of the run, the ridgewalk.

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If you want to ski the Vallée Blanche, which itself is a blue to red run, down a gentle glacier, you first have to walk a ridge only a few meters wide and with a kilometer of darkness on your left side. Falling right isn’t really an option either. The walk isn’t bad but it’s always tough on your balance when you know what the consequences a fall could have!

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Zoomed out view of the crew slowly making our way to the starting zone. The tram didn’t open until noon so there weren’t really any other skiers on the mountain, most seemed to have gone to Grands-Montets for the fresh snow that had fallen overnight. Score!

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Ready to drop into some fast but fun pow!

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Airy vibes on the Midi ridge.

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On top of the first steep section, from here the snow was perfect for the next 700 vertical meters.

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Simon Ericson with Morten behind.

Alright, time to spend another afternoon drinking coffee and eating croissants, waiting for this snow to pile up even higher! The next week is going to be pretty wild! Also, make sure to keep an eye out for some gopro footage from January, dropping soon…

Jacob

Chamonix life pt.1

Hey everyone, sorry for the long wait in between posts! This quaint town tucked into a corner below the tallest mountain in Europe takes ones attention away from computer screens…

Anyways, It’s been a month since Sofia and I moved to Chamonix for the winter, and it’s also been the snowiest January for me since forever, with the first 14 days of the year being powder days, and the remaining half has kept us busy with a cold and clear high pressure, making for some perfect jump building. Right now we are on the grind, getting out in the mountains every day looking for a photo or film clip to capture. Last week, Simon Ericson came visiting with a friend crew (Morten Grape, Noa Gadelius and Emil Granöö), so we are leaving no bowl untracked in our mission to make the most of all the snow! I can’t say too much but after a year of no jumping I’m pretty pumped on how some of the shots are coming out!

To try to summarize January for you all, I’ll make this into a series of post, this one being part 1. Photos by Sofia:

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Building jumps with the crew is the best foggy day activity!

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Pow turns from the lift in Flegere.

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Can’t take too many photos of these mountains. Ever present, ever changing.

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Aiguille du Midi, seen from the west.

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Roadtripping to Tignes for the Linecatcher, that unfortunately got cancelled due to sketchy snow conditions, with natural slides happening everywhere.

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There were of course plenty of man-made ones as well. Sofia got this photo of a snowboarder in a tight spot, luckily he was never caught. Hopefully his friends in the top right didn’t drop in behind him, as their line looks about as wind-affected.

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Back in Chamonix!

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A few days after the snowfall it was time to get the skins on. There’s always some powder around the corner here waiting to be found.

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Sofia’s first touring experience, I think she’s hooked!

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Sketchy traverse on the morning ice.

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On top of another perfect stepdown.

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Simon shredding pow.

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Mandatory bird friend photo.

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Noa stomping.

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The whole crew in the jump zone.

Too many photos to choose from, but that was all for now, part 2 dropping soon, as long as I can find some better wifi!

Jacob