Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester

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UFS01E04!

It is spring time, and that means only one thing: slushy rock’n'roll skiing with friends. Last month, my brother Oscar and I spent a couple of days in Engelberg, Switzerland, where we built some jumps and had a good time in the sun. It doesn’t always have to be about the deepest powder, the biggest jumps or the newest tricks, sometimes it’s just good to return to the roots and go out playing around. Here is the result, UFS01E04 – Brotherhood. Enjoy!

A few more days left in sunny Stockholm before heading north again, first to Kläppen for some Armada team shooting, then onward to Riksgränsen, where I will spend a few weeks with Henrik, B-dog, Simon, Kim and some other legends, this spring season will be something else!

Jacob

Åre spring days

Some of the best times of the year right now. Every season I am looking forward to these days of sun, slush and (moderate) decadence. Going back to Stockholm now to get some park skis ready for next week’s spring park shoot with Armada! Where and how will be revealed soon, but it’s going to be some real fun days!

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Sofia’s parents’ apartment right downtown. Best place to relax after a long day of skiing.

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Åre

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Sofia getting her shred on.

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Taking in the view in my new Oakley Eyeshades.

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Classic “Åkarklubben” shenanigans. The annual high-jumping contest, with the mandatory naked air.

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The best entertainment, local band the Burglars, fronted by Olympic slopestyle judge Simon Tjärnström. Awesome!

Back to reality for just a few days, then I have almost a month of spring skiing ahead of me, this is going to be wild!

Jacob

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!

fun little switch 7.

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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