And I’m back to civilisation! After three weeks in Riksgränsen on shaky 4G internet (the winds have to be just right for my phone to work I think), Daniel and I made the drive back to Luleå, Daniel’s hometown, from where I caught a flight to Stockholm yesterday. Still having a hard time sleeping from the midnight sun, as it’s way past midnight and I’m not even close to tired. The arctic circle plays some crazy tricks on you.
This trip marks the end of yet another ski season in this crazy life of mine, and I survived, again. So was it a good one? Obviously it wasn’t the best winter of my “career”, since I did manage to break some bones and had to take two months completely off skiing, and another one basically just making turns. Even still, I feel like it was a good one! I think finishing off with a fun park trip, and a trip up north to what I consider to be the most beautiful place on earth, made the winter come together in a way that at least made it feel like I had a great year. I didn’t get as much footage together as I would have hoped for, but at least I am back skiing at the top of my game, something I had a very hard time believing earlier this spring. I also got to ski some big, exposed terrain, learning more steepskiing skills, and I definitely feel like I grew as a skier. As soon as I got injured I decided the rest of the winter was going to be all about recovering, and then skiing as much as possible, not worrying about filming or competing, just getting back into the groove. These last few weeks we set out to collect some video material, and despite battling some weird weather (slush one day, solid ice the next, lots of rain and hard-to-find powder), we did get some great footage together, which I am more than excited to show you all later this year…been putting all the clips together over the last few days and I don’t think I’ve ever been this stoked on the Swedish mountains. They may seem small at first, but up close they are absolutely breathtaking.
Oh well, time for me to shut my rambling, sleep-deprived mind, and show you some photos. As some of you know, my buddy Alric Ljunghager joined the Riksgränsen trip to shoot video for Unfiltered. In between rec-ing, he also took some amazing photos, in his trademark, arty style. Go check out his webpage, www.alric.se and get lost in some out of this world imagery. Enjoy the photos!
Reflection of the bird.
The majestic Pyramid mountain. Unfortunately the wind got to these couloirs before we got to ski them. Next year…
Some amazing snow formations on Sweden’s tallest peak Kebnekaise. Upon further inspection it turned out this was a lot bigger than it looked from the heli. Biggest crash of the year for Jacob, although no broken bones this time.
Scoping lines with Olympic mogul skier Per Spett
Daniel and Corey getting ready to get the shot from the heli.
Amazing landscapes around these parts.
I love the way this double exposure turned out. We drove into Norway with nothing special in mind, and this was the result of a portrait shot in a parking garage, and some waterfalls. I look covered in spider webs!
The men behind the lenses, Alric and Corey.
Corey taking cover.
An excited Jacob after the final ski day of the winter. Summer time!
Well, what about the skiing? I don’t want to reveal too much, but of course I’ll give you a little sneaky peek of some raw footy. Been shooting with my hacked 5D mkIII (Magic Lantern), and I must say I am absolutely blown away by how good footage this little guy can capture if you know what you’re doing. I haven’t had much time to work with these files yet so they’re a bit inconsistent color-wise, but you get the idea. The shots look on par with some much, much more expensive cameras:
fun air into a fun line
further down the line
amazing snow on may 16th
Oscar and I getting dropped off.
So right now I have a few more days in Stockholm before wrapping up the ski season completely (still some stuff left to manage, paying bills and organizing receipts), before I am off to my summer home – you guessed it – Indonesia. Going to spend a month down there solo, before meeting up with Sofia in Perth. It’s been 3 months since I saw the girl and I can’t wait to get up to some crazy adventures with her this summer! Make sure to follow us around here, on instagram, and on her blog, www.sofiasjoeberg.com!