Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester
Jacob Wester

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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

Chamonized!

Chamonized, chamified, stuck in paradise. The first week of 2016 definitely did not disappoint as the snow started falling on new years eve, just as predicted. The high pressure over the Alps finally diminished and gave way to a strong low that swept in from the North Atlantic Ocean, dumping over 2 meters of snow on us in just a few days. We had a day or two of sunny spells and amazing conditions in the few zones that managed to open, with high winds making the higher alpine terrain dangerous and unpredictable. That pattern is continuing at the moment with another meter and a half of snow forecasted in the next 6 days. This is definitely what the Alps needed after the extremely dry pre-season!

Right now my focus has been on skiing as much as I can, without too much filming or photographing, as I have made the mistake previous years to focus too hard on filming too early, when I really should just ski and try to get as much vert in my legs as possible, hopefully getting stronger and better for february-april which is the best months for creating content considering the light and snow conditions during that time. Been trying to find good skiing every day, and 2016 will be my first year of logging vertical meters skied! So far I’m at 30 000 meters, most of which has been epic powder…these numbers will of course change dramatically as soon as conditions allow us to explore higher parts of the Mont Blanc. So far most of the skiing has been in the trees or lower areas of Grands-Montets and Flegere. Not complaining, this past week has truly been amazing!

Photo time!

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Before the snow arrived we used a few days of sunshine to shoot Encore clothing’s fall 2016 lookbook. Also a great time to check out a lot of lines without snow on them, that way you know where the worst rocks are when it’s go time!

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And then when it started snowing, it just wouldn’t stop…silly face.

 

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Pow turn in front of Sofia’s lens in Grands-Montets. The terrain you can access from these lifts is mind-blowing!

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Another Grands-Montets shot.

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More mountains photos by Sofia:

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Aiguille du Blaitiere

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The backside of Grands-Montets, Pas de Chevre is looking like it’s going to be a blast, very soon!

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The craziest ski lift in the world, the Aiguille du Midi cable car on its way up the north face.

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This is what I look like 90% of the time walking around this town. I can’t seem to take my eyes off these peaks. So many things to do, so little time!

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Just one more Midi photo.

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The amazingly exciting terrain of Flegere, all accessed by chairlift. This day was the highlight of the season so far!

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And then another storm cycle hit, Flegere getting another half meter of snow in a day.

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Sofia trying to stay dry.

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Powder action!

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Sofia finding her way to the bottom in the storm.

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Snow in the village means way more snow up high!

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Bonus video from some of the days I’ve taken out the gopro:

See you soon!

Today turned out to be an off day, as yet another mega dump is closing in on the valley. Here’s the forecast for the next 6 days:

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number 1 on the map!

Check back soon for more, in 2 days Sofia and I will steer the van towards Tignes, for the 2016 Redbull Linecatcher! It’s going to be a blast hitting some jumps!

Jacob

Chamonix season, take 2 – Revenge time!

After visiting Chamonix twice in 2013, I fell in love with the dramatic backdrops, the easy access to some absolutely breathtaking terrain, and the general ambience of the town, its locals and its culture. Everything here revolves around the tallest mountain in Europe, the Mont Blanc, and the chamoniards enjoy it in every way possible – on skis, in a climbing harness, on a bike, or blasting through the air in a wingsuit or with a parachute. I was hooked, and decided to spend the season here last year, to see what Chamonix had to offer me. Unfortunately, I quickly learned the hard way that the terrain here is demanding, and very dangerous if not approached with caution, and only 5 days into January I hit a rock and broke my leg. After two long months of rehab, I got back for the end of the season and still managed to get some amazing ski days here, further solidifying my fascination for these young mountains, their intricate glaciers, legendary steepskiing routes and the town’s rich extreme sports culture. Leaving at the end of April, I knew I was coming back soon, and I had already started to make new plans in my head. It’s time for revenge!

Two days after Christmas, Sofia and I filled up the van with our camera gear, skis and surfboards, and hit the road south. 2200 kilometers later we were back in Chamonix, rolling into a town sprawling with British tourists, holiday decorations and not a single parking lot to be found. The snow is still absent, as with most of Europe which has been suffering from a stubborn high pressure system lasting for almost two months, but as I am writing this, the last snowflakes of 2015 are starting to fall outside our window. Over the course of next week, the forecast charts are predicting a whole lot more to come, so it looks like our timing is on point. Once again, Chamonix will be our base, this time hopefully for more than a week!

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Somewhere on the Autobahn, in very slow traffic.

 

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Marching on in our trusty score-mobile, which easily handles 130 km/h without sounding too awful. I was pleasantly surprised to discover our fuel mileage was only at around 1 liter/100km, packed to maximum load.

 

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Sofia in her brand new van-boots, loving life.

 

 

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Leg-stretcher on our second day of driving. We didn’t want to spend too long behind the wheel at once so we actually stopped for two nights, one in Denmark and one in Switzerland. The fact that you can pull over and sleep anywhere, without expensive hotel nights makes our life so much easier!


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Sofia enjoying the morning view over beautiful Lake Geneva.

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Almost up the Grands-Montets pass, close to the French border. So happy to see snow-capped peaks again, even if the depth is pretty disappointing for end of December.

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Back in town! Mont Blanc in the background.

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On our first day we decided to head up the Aiguille du Midi to check out the snow situation. No skis of course, as the glacier is still very open and I wouldn’t head out here without a guide or a local friend just yet. It was nice to get up high and take in the scenery again though, it always blows my mind how this is all lift-accessed from my backyard!

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Mountaineers, alpinists and hikers make the way down the northwest ridge from the exit of the cablecar at 3842 meters. To their left is the north face of the Midi, that ends in enormous cliffs above the mid-station. Not a good place to lose your balance.

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Feeling the presence of the mountains after a long summer and fall is the best!

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The view of the town, and the ski areas of Brevent and Flegere. It looks pretty depressing without snow but that will change fast these next few days.

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Sofia taking in the view for her first time on the Midi.

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Went up to Grands-Montets yesterday for some turns in the marginal conditions, so we didn’t shoot any photos for obvious reasons. Here’s a quick one of Sofia back on skis after a 2 year off-period!

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The slackcountry zone of Flegere, with Aiguille du Belvedere in the middle, it’s impressive southeast ramp cut diagonally through the face. Below is a zone I can’t wait to start working as soon as the snow fills in the many bowls, cornices and cliffs.

Happy New Year everyone, and thanks for checking the blog again! Hopefully as content piles up I will post here more often, so hold your thumbs for some heavy precipitation!

See you in 2016,

Jacob

 

Building a rolling home

The past two summers, Sofia and I have been spending a lot of time in campervans around the world, both the US, and in Australia. We have slowly come to realize that it really is the best way to see a place, to understand cultures, and to get as much out of a vacation as possible. Not to even mention the fact that sleeping in a car, alone at the ocean or by a lake, under a sky filled with stars is about as good as it gets! This fall, we finally decided this would be a dream worth pursuing, to spend way more time living in a mobile home, being able to go wherever we want on a whim. We were getting a campervan!

Just one problem…there were none. At least not in our price range. Scouring the web for possible secondhand purchases made us realize how expensive proper RVs are, and how few the DIY options out there really are. We ended up looking at delivery trucks and mini buses, and it seemed like our only option was to build from scratch. Another problem. My carpentry skills were limited to having carved some butter knives out of wood 20 years ago, and I am certainly not an electrician or a mechanic. At this point, we knew the possibilities were endless but all I could see were problems. My brief history with car ownership begun and ended with the same abused Audi A3, and I was afraid to buy something that would end up costing me too much in the long run.

Winter was closing in on us and we had to make a decision, but none of us wanted to wait another year. It was time to buy. After another week of looking up every make and model of sufficiently large delivery trucks, we finally found a fairly priced and well-kept Renault Master with 15 years and 200 000 km’s under her belt. She had previously been a motocross transporter and already had some of the things we were looking for, like the gas stove and fridge, although we quickly realized we had to start over from scratch if we wanted to make the end result look halfway decent. When we first set out building, we decided to document the whole process but somewhere around the 50% completion mark we got lazy and forgot the camera. Here’s the 6-week birth story of the ultimate stoke van, the score mobile and our new rolling home. Enjoy!


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The day after buying the car and right before digging in with power tools to clean out the interior. Game time!

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The first 3 days consisted of nothing but breaking things apart. The whole room was covered in metal, with a huge metal frame for a loft bed and motocross garage. I have never been this angry at pop rivets before, as a few hundred or so of the things kept everything in place.

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Completely exhausted after getting the last few pieces of metal out. I don’t think I’ve ever been this sore before!

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Sofia covering the floor in recycled plywood, since we needed a flat surface for the flooring. Making sense of the old 12V electrics proved to be a confusing task as well. Luckily, we were thinking ahead and made sure to put in fresh cables for all our appliances under the plywood. I can’t repeat this enough, know what cables go where before putting in the floor, you do not want to start over later!

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Sofia measuring up the vinyl floor planks. Fun and easy part right here! To the right you can see some of the cables from the fridge and water pump, that need to go under the floor to the battery bank, that we kept on the right side of the van for correct balancing.

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Fresh floor in place! On the walls you can see the styrofoam used for insulation, we added another inch or two of insulation wool on top of this to keep us toasty all year round.

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Taking on this project in November means most of the day is dark, so we had to make the most of every day. Finishing up some cladding for the walls with the help of Sofia and a flashlight.

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Putting in the wood on the walls was easy and pretty fun, and only took about two days in total. In this photo I’m stuffing the gap between the wood and the styrofoam with insulation wool. The plastic tube is for putting in lamp cables at a later stage instead of having to remove planks. The blue plastic sheeting is the moisture barrier, since we spend so much time in humid and cold regions we figured it’s better to stay on the safe side.

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Sofia, giving the storage units a new coat of paint.

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Almost done with all the wood!

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Sofia and the paintbrush.

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More paint in place

And then…we for some reason decided it was time to put the camera away. It’s funny, the last photo makes it look barely half-finished, but after it was taken it only took us about a week to build a huge bed, storage units and a fully functioning 12V electrics setup controlling 4 LED lamps, a fridge, 220V inverter, water pump and battery charger. Let’s fast forward to now:

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The finished (actually not finished, I hope the day never comes) product! It was an amazing feeling to take her out to a secluded place in the Stockholm archipelago, spend a night under the stars, and wake up to the sunrise.

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Sofia having a morning cup of coffee.

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Last but not least, never again do I have to change into a wetsuit in the cold rain! The surf-mobile will change our lives in so many ways!

So by now you hopefully understand where my focus has been the last month and a half. It’s been such a fun adventure figuring out every detail on this beast, learning by trial and error, making up solutions, and I’m sure hundreds of new ideas will form over the next few years of traveling in it. In just 3 weeks it will be rolling towards the Mt Blanc, waiting to be filled with epic memories.

Stay tuned!

Jacob

Unfiltered Skiing – LAPLANDIA

Soooo…. video time! Since I was injured most of last season, I didn’t really get enough footage together to drop anything during the spring, but instead I decided to hold on to the material we gathered during the Riksgränsen trip and save it for fall. At the end of the annual trip north of the Arctic Circle, I managed to pull my brother Oscar out of his busy contest schedule to come visit, and try out his game on some bigger terrain than he’s used to. My ankle feeling almost a 100%, it was perfect timing to finish off the season in some of the most beautiful conditions I’ve ever had the pleasure of skiing in. Here it is, Unfiltered Skiing’s 2015 release: Laplandia. Enjoy!

Now back to my semi-secret project that Sofia and I are working on…I’ve decided to not drop any photos from it until it’s finished, but I will give you some hints soon…it’s going to be a wild ride!

 

Jacob

Fall

I love and hate fall in equal measure. Summer is over, which means good times in the sun, quality surf, and long days of light are over. On the other hand, the months of september-november is a good time to get back in shape, look over equipment, and make new exciting plans for winter. Spending a lot of time looking at footage accumulated during the season is also a good way to get yourself excited for the year to come, even though I haven’t exactly collected too much of it this year since the ankle injury. Even if I was back on snow as early as march, it wasn’t until the end of april I could really start committing to big stuff, and then the issue of finding good snow and weather slowed us down considerably. I still managed to get a few amazing days back in Riksgränsen at the end of the year, something you will see a full project come out of very soon, I promise:

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Oscar and I standing on top of a beauty northern Sweden face last may.

Other than editing video for your viewing pleasure, I’ve been using my alleged writing talent in other places than this blog, so hopefully you’ll understand the absence of daily updates. If you read Swedish, you may have seen some of my texts in the Freeride newsfeed, as well as various ski magazines. It’s a good way of making the long Stockholm autumn days pass.

What else is going on? Working out of course, my least favorite activity. Loving the feeling after, but can’t shake the fact that skiing, surfing or skateboarding is a hundred times better. But I know from experience that without a good basic strength I won’t last long doing either of those sports, so I make sure to drag myself to the gym at least 4 times a week during the pre-season.

Going to finish off this post with some photos from Sofia and I’s trip to Lofoten, northern Norway a few weeks back, got the opportunity to come with Swedish pro surfer Tim Latte to write a story on his adventures up north. Some photos by me, most by Sofia:

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Drive-by shot snapped while driving through the north of Sweden at the end of september. This is just before Riksgränsen where I’ve been spending much of my spring the past two years.

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Lapporten, or the Port to Laplandia, sans snow.

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Quick stop after driving for a solid 14 hours, another 8 to go.

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Norway greeting us with some pretty breathtaking scenery!

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Fully packed Mazda, Tim having a last snack before setting up camp.

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At night, the Aurora Borealis comes out in full effect. I had never really seen the phenomenon before this trip, so I was very excited getting some photos of it.

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Morning coffees before long surf sessions are the best.

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Spraying down the line at a secret spot

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Getting in and out of the wetsuit is the hardest part about surfing in the Arctic Circle!

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After 3 hours in the water I was still toasty in my winter suit. Turns out the water temp up here doesnt really go below 10°C in the fall so I was a bit over-clothed with 6 mms of rubber!

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Tim and I being greeted by the locals.

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Sofia, exploring the perimeter after setting up camp in Unstad, a famous Lofoten surf spot.

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Pre-surf rituals with Tim

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Unstad lineup, empty and pumping!

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Barrel photo by Mats Grimseth, local photographer. So stoked to see him swimming out right as I got this little tube!

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The most scenic place I’ve ever spent a night, what a show!

So Lofoten suddenly went right to the top of planned camping destinations for Sofia and I, and will definitely be part of the itinerary next spring. We even went so far that we are planning some new travel/camping arrangements, but I won’t spoil this one just yet. The next few days though…keep an eye out!

Alright, back to work, I have another story to write, this time about Oscar and I’s heliskiing trip in the Swedish mountains last spring, for a european ski magazine. Any ideas of an angle? Always fun documenting someone’s very first experience doing something as life-changing as skiing big mountains out of a helicopter, as much fun as it is to do the same yourself, especially with your brother. Daniel’s photos are amazing so I think it will be a good read!

Stay tuned for more content soon!

Jacob