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!
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!
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.
Just a small portion of the terrain that’s accessible in this region. Lots of spots lined up for next winter!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Steep and deep! Nikolai Schirmer photo.
Cool perspective in the same zone. Nikolai Schirmer photo.
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!
The Aiguille du Midi at night. Speechless.
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.
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!
The snowfall gave us a few amazing days at the end of the trip however. Here’s a deep turn from Grands-Montets.
Sofia getting after it!
…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!