IF3 in Annecy

This weekend was a fun one. I went to IF3 (the International Freeski Film Festival) in Annecy, France, to attend the European premiere of Shades of winter.

On Friday morning I met up with the rest of the Peak Performance team to play some golf. I haven’t played at all since I took my golf license in 2008, so for me it was a big challenge. But luckily I survived the round without any major embarrassments.
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Me, Sandra and Rachel getting ready to play.
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In the evening we went to the local Peak store to watch Henrik and Dave’s movie Let’s go get small about a challenging trip the two of them went on in BC last winter. Check out the trailer here.
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The day after it was finally time for the premiere. Here Sandra is being interviewed by the host. So much fun to finally see the full movie, I was really surprised by how good the outcome was. She has done an extraordinary job producing Shades of winter.
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The weekend was rounded off with a signing session with the rest of the Peak crew.
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Spring shoot with Peak Performance

Friday was day three out of five of shooting in Norway and we spent it up in the mountains close to Stranda. Here are some behind-the-scenes images from the day. IMG_1839 We are a crew of about fifteen people here with athletes, photgrapher, filmers, guides, stylists and management.

IMG_1837 Henrik and Jenny.

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IMG_1879 While the others were biking I was running around on the beautiful trails.

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IMG_1930 I got a little tired after all the running around.

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IMG_1947 Oskar climbed up a tree to get the right angle.

New breakfast routine

This is a smoothie I started making myself for breakfast lately. It’s really easy to make and tastes great. It’s also stuffed with vitamines and antioxidants.

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Cow cabbage, squeezed lemon, half a banana, half a mango, hazelnuts, honey, coconut water and goji berries. Super trendy ingredients, I know…
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Mix it.
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Green smoothie with goji berry topping.
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Serve with an egg and coffee. Voíla!

Circle training

Mattias shot some photos of a circle training session I did two days ago and I figured I could copy/paste the post.

I started up with a ten minute warm up run, then three sets of my normal complex routine.

After that I was ready to go. I combined six different exercises in a circle routine. I did each exercise for 40 seconds, then I rested for 20. I did the circle four times and after each circle I rested for two minutes so in total it took me a little over 30 minutes. Short but efficient.

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F23B4151-1024x682 Side jumps over the bar.

F23B4153-1024x682 Hand-stand walk against a wall. The closer you stand to the wall the stronger you have to be.

F23B4157-1024x682 I used my Runkeeper app again to keep track of the intervals.

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F23B4181-1024x682 Push-ups left and right (hands move between each rep).

F23B4201-1024x682 Mattias claims I can’t sweat, but I guess he’s wrong!

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Business as (un)usual

Being here in Monaco has been really good. Not only because I spent time with Mattias, could focus on dryland training and got to swim in the Mediterranean sea every day, but also because I could get a lot of work done without interruptions.
F23B4323-2 This has been my office and with a fast wifi and a nice view there isn’t much to complain about.

Being able to work when and where I want to using only my phone and laptop is something that I find extremely valuable. When I decided to leave Ski Lodge and focus on skiing I wasn’t sure what it would be like running my own business, but I knew that I wanted to keep on challenging myself not only in the mountains but also in a strategic way. One year later I think I found a way to do it – and most importantly partners that believe I can combine the two.

So, what am I up to these days?

One commitment I’ve had since February is being the the Jungfrau region and Haslital PR and marketing representative in Scandinavia in cooperation with Ferretti Tourism Marketing. Jungfrau and Haslital are two fantastic destinations in the Swiss alps, I wrote about them here and here. And by the way, Wengen is nominated in World Ski Awards as Switzerland’s best ski resort and of course I think you should click the link and vote for it.

Another thing I’m currently working on is a job site for seasonieres. I’m in the project together with my brother Arthur and our friends Jesper and Marcus. The idea came up a few years ago when we were all sitting around the dinner table after a long day of skiing in Engelberg. I told them how difficult I found it knowing where to advertise for new staff and how time consuming it was to go through all the resumés to find that a basic skill needed was missing. They – on the other hand – told me from a seasoniere perspective how difficult it was to find a season job because there wasn’t any platform that gathered these type of employments. The site will be called Explore Your Passion and we’re not far away from launching it anymore – finally! More info to come so stay tuned.

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This is our logo, do you like it?

Something else that I’m working on right now which is closer related to my skiing is a Stockholm premiere of Shades of Winter. Exiting!

Apart from these projects I have some more coming up soon that I’m really happy about, I’ll share when I can.

That was all I think. Now – bedtime.

Bootcamp

This week in Monaco has been a lot about training. It’s such an inspiring environment here and I think that’s why we’ve been so motivated.

DSC05917-1024x657 We started off the week by running 10 second intervals uphill. With 20 seconds rest we did three sets of ten intervals each.

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The day after I ran an easy 9k round with my friend Helena who came visiting. We ran in a comfortable (slow) pace to get some active recovery.

DSC06049-1024x680 The recovery run was well needed to get ready for the cross fit session we did on the stadium on Tuesday.

Skärmavbild-2013-08-28-kl.-21.06.28-1024x550 The day after we had a big mission in mind. To run up to the golf course via La Turbie and then down again on the other side. It was warm, steep and tiring, but we did it. It took us about 3 hours (2h40min effective running time) to run the 18.5 kilometers with a vertical ascent of 920 meters.

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DSC06131-1024x682 Mattias, handsome as always. And as fast as ever, I really have to struggle not to loose sight of him ahead of me.

DSC06118 Finally we reached the top. My compression sleves from Gococo really helped me this time.

DSC06207-1024x684 Downhill running is almost more tiring than uphill, at least for the knees.

DSC06287-1024x562 After 48 hours of rest we hit the gym again for a leg session.

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Yesterday I uploaded a video on Instagram with some basic leg exercises, check it out if you’re in need of some inspiration. If you feel like following me there, my name is matildarapaport. As simple as that.

Crossfit session

Yesterday Mattias and I decided to try something new. We went to the stadium here in Monaco and did some crossfit inspired exercises.
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1 & 2. Wall ball 2. Front squat 3. Overhead lunge 4. 400 m intervals 5. A tired boyfriend.

After warming up we started off by doing a set of exercises called Helen. First you run 400 meters, then you do 21 kettlebell swings rounded off with 12 pullups (or pushups which is what I did). Repeat this three times and try to do it as fast as possible.

By then were already fairly tired, especially in our upper bodies, but after some rest it was time for another circle. We combined three exercises (wall ball, box jumps and push/press) and did as many reps as we could of each one in 1 minute per exercise. After two rounds of this my legs were getting really tired as well.

Then we decided to do one more round where we did 20 front squats with push/press, then 20 meters of overhead lunges times two and finally we ran 400 meters.

DSC05946 After that, I was pretty much dead.

If you’re as clueless about cross fit as I am, you can find all the information you need here.

Shades of winter

The teaser for Shades of winter is finally released. I am so proud to be one of the skiers in this film project initiated and produced by my friend and fellow skier Sandra Lahnsteiner. Apart from Sandra this movie features Lorraine Huber (AUT), Janina Kuzma (NZL), Pia Widmesser (GER), Caja Schöpf (GER), Rachel Burks, and the girls from Nine Queens.

SHADES OF WINTER trailer from Sandra Lahnsteiner on Vimeo.

Shades of winter is one of the ski movies chosen to compete in the IF3 (International Freeski Film Festival) in Montreal, Canada, Annecy, France and Innsbruck, Austria. Can’t wait to see the full movie!

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Some photos from the shootings last winter. I am SO looking forward to this upcoming winter now.
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IMG_1118 This guy was one of the brightest souls I’ve ever met and his stokage level made us all so happy and exited in Alaska. We will miss you a lot Pat, but your photos will live for long.