Mikaela Hollsten

Back in the mountains

Autumn went so fast, work and preparations for a new winter season has been taking most of my time. I have been home for some months and got to ride at my home skicenter. The kids slope was open for some days, that means runs of about 30 meter vertical. I also got to ski crosscountry a few times before the snow disappered, I have not done that in years!


Anyway, Im now looking forward to ride in the Alps. The Freeride World Tour will not start before end of January so I have time to get back the feeling for snowboarding. Sometimes I think it is a bit crazy to live like this, a lot of travelling, a lot of planning, a lot of work in between, never possibility to be off from work for a week in summer and so on. It would be so much easier to stay at one place all the time but I would get bored. There is so much out there to explore.


After all horrible avalanche accidents during the year I thought it is good to refresh my skills. In November I went to listen to a couple of lessons during the Finnish freeride festival. One lesson was about basic knowledge but the second one was about that it is not only important what you and your group is doing. Other people can be the biggest danger for you and you need to respect other people.

 

 

This weekend I did take part in the Snow and Safety conference in Zurs to learn more. It was a really good event, we got to practice avalanche senarios with human size dolls and got to listen to many interesting lectures. I wish 2017 will be a good and safe year!