Me and Niklas Hollsten riding a new Couly on Kågen an island next to Lyngen in northern Norway.
Lyngen times of our lives. Couloir skiing between stroms.
Here’s the following episodes of our Iceland trip last spring. Yey
Sometimes we get lucky. It was the last day of my stay at the Arctix heli and hiking sessions up in the northern Norwegian mountain valley of Tamok. The previous week had been quite stormy, howling winds and rain down in the valley had us sitting inside, but the last two days we’ve enjoyed some sun and the new snow higher up was looking good. I woke up and wasn’t really expecting much of the day, I knew Cato and Sten were talking about this line they wanted to do on the Hattavarre east face, a 800m long couloir that had a sketchy entrance, a line never ridden before (as far as we knew). I hooked up with the guys and we took a last helidrop up to the top. This part of Norway isn’t easy. Changing weather, fluctuating temperatures high winds makes it hard to find good snow in stable conditions. Our east facing line had been protected from the wind and the sun had settled the new snow, so this was the day. And standing alone on top of the line, Cato and Sten already gone down, laughing over the radio, looking like small ants eight hundred meters lower down, I really felt that I was at the right place at the right time.
Here’s a video of my run down the line. Gives you an idea of how fun it was. I don’t have Catos or Stens footage, who rode first so can’t show you those, too bad since they were fkng shredding.
It has been a quite rough start of the winter season. Snow came with a boom. My knee was slow in recovering from an injury I suffered in a crash riding the park in Saas-Fee early this season. And more serious: the recent passing away of our dear friend Felix has been quite a shock to us. I hope for strength to his family, loved ones and friends. Since the accident I’ve tried to spend a lot of time up in the mountains, and want to remind myself the joy I get from being up there and most of all sharing the fun of riding with friends. Verbier with Raph, Antti, Arska, Hannu, Matty and Ally. Thanks.
Our Iceland trip was good and quite intense. We were to drive around the Island in two weeks and started of exploring the ski possibilities on the south coast and close to Reykjavik. The actual coast didn’t have much snow so we needed to go a bit inland to find the good stuff. I think the coolest thing was that we were pretty much the only skiers around. Driving around just looking at stuff to ski: “That’s a good looking shoot”, “uh, too rocky, let’s keep on driving”, “what about there, that looks like an easy to hike up to that couloir”-sort of stuff. To search for you own lines and ski them is what it’s all about.
Here’s episode I of Felix Heintz exploring Iceland. Starting of with the southern part of the island.
Here’s the teaser Felix made from our Iceland trip. Full episode out soon…
Here’s something for the road. Actually I filmed this as a little experiment last year in November 2010. And pretty much exactly one year later we’re still waiting for some snow, so it’s a good time to “fiilistellä” some early season sunday tryout sessions.