Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester

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720 open, qualifiers

Grey weather in Åre today, but no wind and warm temps made for some fun times! There’s so much talent here, so picking 10 skiers for tomorrows finals was definitely no easy task, but I think we did a good job! Not the best weather for photography, but here’s a few:

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Head judge

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The venue today, the triple jump line in Åre terrain park.

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I didn’t get to ski much today, but after the qualifiers I got a couple laps in. Hitting slushy park jumps on pow skis (JJs) is my new favorite thing!

That’s it for today, make sure to come out tomorrow and watch the finals!

Jacob

Episode 4 teaser

The teaser for the next Unfiltered Skiing episode, Brotherhood, is online and here’s a short preview of what’s to come in a week:

In other news, Sofia and I just got to Åre last night. It’s good to be back on snow for a few days. I’m here to host and judge a local contest for 720 Bar just above Åre’s terrain park. Hopefully it will be a fun few days! Got to go for a couple of runs today, and despite high winds and variable weather conditions here are surprisingly good. The high alpine never opened but there’s definitely good snow up there right now.

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Off in the trusty old A3 through springtime Sweden.

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In typical April fashion, we went through all 4 seasons on our way to Åre. Filling up in a hail stom.

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The view from Sofia’s parents amazing apartment this morning.

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Cruising and posing.

Hoping for some sun tomorrow, if you are in Åre, make sure to come hang out in the park for an open session, with some good prizes!

Jacob

 

 

taxes

I don’t mind paying them, but dealing with large amounts of confusing percentages and a goddamn bible of receipts from the last season sometimes gets a bit overwhelming. At least I am home and I have time for this now, which I won’t have in a month since I will be spring skiing hopefully non-stop, starting Sunday when we will be heading to Åre for a couple of days of slushy mountain shredding!

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the inspiring view of Stockholm in april.

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5 months worth of receipts + declaration of sold apartment. I love these grown-up things I get to do sometimes!

Anyways, just to give you all a little light in the darkness, here’s a screenshot of what’s going on in the editing room as of late. Episode 4 of Unfiltered Skiing is pretty much wrapped up and is dropping soon. Stay tuned for a release date!

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Alright, back to the fun stuff!

Jacob

Enjoying spring

Even though it’s still ski season, it’s nice to enjoy a week at home and do normal things for a while. Soon I’m off on another trip, but here’s a couple photos documenting Sweden right now!

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Can’t really visit Sweden without hanging out at the summer house by the lake. Best place ever. No fish yet though…

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Sofia, no-sleeving it for the first time in 8 months.

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the cranes are a sure spring sign around here.

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couple of catalog shots Sofia and I did for Encore this winter. Daniel Rönnbäck behind the camera as usual, great vibes!

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While on the fashion theme, check out the new Heritage Collection by Oakley, loving the Eyeshade!

Check back soon for some more snow action!

Jacob

 

Unfiltered Skiing – E03 – The Backyard

Dropping an episode today, hell yeah. Always fun to show everyone what we’re up to out there. Make sure you watch this, and visit Chamonix at least once in your lives!

Over and out from a windy and miserable Stockholm!

Jacob

Home

Been home for a couple of days to finish editing S01E03. It’s nice to see spring coming so fast. Went out playing with Sofia and our 5DmkIII today:

 

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Next episode dropping on tuesday, stay tuned!

stacking shots

Phew, finally an office day! Did not think I would ever utter those words but to be honest it feels pretty nice to have a full day off where I’m not skiing, building jumps, getting burnt by the sun (damn high pressure), or driving through the alps. Not complaining, but these last few days have been long and heavy, but on the good side of things we have gotten a lot done! Been skiing Engelberg and Verbier the last 3 days with my brother and we have been crushing it, feels so good to be stacking shots for yet another Unfiltered Skiing episode. Speaking of which, episode 3 – “The Backyard”, is releasing next week! Can’t wait to show all of you what we got up to in Chamonix this winter!

It’s weird, it’s only mid march but it feels like the season is coming to an end! It’s 20°C outside in Verbier today, and you can pretty much hear the snow melt. This high pressure system that’s been all over the alps over the last two weeks has been pretty brutal to the snowpack, and we have seen some nasty slides, all the way to the ground. To play it safe we have stayed off the big stuff, and focused on what I think many of you will appreciate, building jumps and jibs in the slushy snow. If the weather forecasts aren’t lying again, it looks like something good is on it’s way though…hold your thumbs for next week!

Took out the 5D today to get some shots around our house here in Verbier, huge shout-out to Felix and his crew at Powder-Extreme for letting us stay here!

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Felix’ beautiful house in Bruson, opposite of Verbier. Full on spring time down here!

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The Bruson gondola. Some fun looking terrain above it but definitely a no-go in these temps.

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Verbier view. Feeling bad for everyone doing the FWT finals on saturday, Bec de Rosses is looking pretty thin on the snow side of things…

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Summer is close! Not sure if I’m ready yet…

Normally I’m opposed to showing too much of what we have been shooting for an episode, but I’m making an exception here and decided to throw a bunch of screenshots your way. Here’s some of what to expect from Unfiltered Skiing episode 4:

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In Engelberg we enjoyed staying at the swede-owned Ski Lodge. Some of the best vibes out of any place I’ve stayed in the alps, I can highly recommend a visit!

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Brothers in crime! Oscar thought he was going on a powder trip, maybe next time!

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Jump building, one of my favorite parts of skiing. I feel like a kid with a spade and a bucket, creating happiness in the snow. Good times!

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The good old backflip goggle and hat drop.

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rock’n'roll skiing, spring time goodness.

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Daniel is about to get the cover shot, and he knows it.

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Oscar getting the shot of me flipping and spinning.

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Walking home long after the lifts have closed, with some A-shots in the bag. The best feeling in the world!

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In Verbier conditions were even warmer so we opted for some park skiing with pow skis. First day in the park for me this season!

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F*cking over and out! Stay tuned for the next episode!

Jacob

St.Moritz to Engelberg

After Chamonix Daniel and I headed over to St.Moritz for a quick 2 day jump shoot. This trip was not part of the Unfiltered itinerary, with the Cham episode finished up, we decided it was time to get some shots for ESPN Real Ski Backcountry, a video contest I’m incredibly stoked to be a part of! Last year all the videos blew my mind so it’s a big challenge for sure!

We ended up only building one jump that we had two good afternoon sessions on, finally getting some shots with my new friend, the DJI Phantom 2! For those of you who don’t know, it’s a little quadrocopter with a gopro mount. We have been flying it around a bunch and the shots are incredible, it’s too bad you won’t see any until the fall…

Anyways, here’s 3 lazy screenshots from our days in St.Moritz, too tired for much more today as I have been up on the mountain here in Engelberg building more jumps for the next few days! My brother Oscar just arrived and we are going to have a good slushy time for the next Unfiltered episode!

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building

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fine tuning

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stomping! guess what tricks were thrown!

 

Off to bed for a big day tomorrow, time to get really creative up there since all the powder is gone and replaced with some seriously slushy spring snow!

Stay tuned

Jacob

Chamonix revisited

In January I went to Chamonix, and pretty much felt like I reinvented myself as a skier. Right after the Courmayeur trip I knew I wanted to head right back, as it’s just on the other side of the Mt.Blanc. Daniel and I decided to make episode 3 of Unfiltered Skiing about Chamonix, its locals, the mountains, its visiting skiers and why you have never really skied until you have skied here (cliché but true!). We had an amazing time with our good friend Tof Henry, a skier I trust anywhere around these regions, as well as all the great skiers in Cham, such as Andreas Fransson and Glen Plake. The episode is coming together real well, and we are dropping it in a week or two, stay tuned for more info. If you want to see it early, we are doing a pre-release on tuesday, at the Skiers Lodge in Engelberg. Come by and have a beer! Here’s our week in screenshots and instas, courtesy of Daniel Rönnbäck:

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Dropping into the Chevalier Couloir on Grands-Montets. It’s always fun when you have to use an ice axe getting to the actual skiing… Steep and exposed.

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Another shot of the couloir.

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I’ve always wanted to ski with Andreas Fransson, he is an amazing skier and an inspiring human being. Here he is mountain goating around on an obscure part of the classic Cosmique Couloir.

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Well, skiing with Andreas is awesome, but you can’t really beat Glen Plake. Not your ordinary trio of shredders!

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Chamonix has some of the best skiing in the world, if you can find the safe way down. Here’s one of the places you don’t want to end up, Bosson glacier, Mt.Blanc.

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2700 vert meters of powder…With barely any tracks.

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The crew enjoying lunch at the MOÖ bar. The place to be!

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Two generations of skiers right here.

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Is there a “weirdest goggle tan” award? I call this one the gagball strap.

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5D screenshot of some amazing turns next to a legend!

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The gnarliest lift on the planet, Telepherique L’Aiguille du Midi, 3800 meters over the sea.

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Tof about to go for another ride!

 

Mini tease! Stay tuned for the real teaser.
So yesterday Daniel and I left Cham with some great memories and some insane footage, now all of a sudden we are in St.Moritz where we have joined up with the Four10Skiing boys for some jump building! I won’t reveal just yet what the plan is but we are getting some bangers already!
Now I’m off to bed for some more jumping tomorrow, my body is so sore!
Jacob

Click on the Mountain

Hey there! It’s been a little while since I checked in but it’s only because I have skied an insane amount and just haven’t had the energy to sit down and post anything. I hope you all follow me on instagram (@jacobwester) where I am much more active.

Anyways, over the last week me and Daniel went to Courmayeur for the annual photo contest “Click on the Mountain”. 4 photographers are invited together with their teams of skiers and snowboarders with the goal of producing 20 final photos each. In the end it turned out great, our team (Daniel, me, Tof Henry, local snowboarder Filippo and mountain guide Alberto Boschiazzo) ended up sharing the win with photographer Tero Repo and his team. All the photos at the event were amazing for such a tight schedule, with only 3 days out of which 2 were overcast and stormy. Here’s a few of our B-shots, let’s just say the A-shots are absolutely incredible and I hope they will be posted online soon!

 

All photos by Daniel Rönnbäck:

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Heli day! On thursday we got two drops in the giant zone between Mont Blanc south side and Courmayeur north side. We chose the Courmayeur side and it paid off in cold snow and some deep turns:

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After 4 days in Courmayeur including an amazing day on the Mont Blanc side lapping the Helbronner tram, we finally said arrivederci and headed back into the shade of the Chamonix valley. We are posting up here for a week hoping to score some of the classic runs for the next episode of Unfiltered Skiing. It’s going to be a steep and deep one!

Jacob