Wildcard

A couple of days ago I got a surprising call. It was one of the organizers of the Freeride World Tour event in Fieberbrunn, Austria, that offered me a wildcard to the contest! I was thrilled of course and immediately said yes. It’s held this upcoming weekend and it is streamed live at www.freerideworldtour.com. I’m trying to see this as a good practice for next year’s FWT, not putting too much pressure on myself to perform. However, as the difference in terms of media, spectators etc. is quite big compered to the qualifier tour I suspect I’ll feel a bit more nervous than usual anyways.

This is the teaser for the event.

Apart from the comp in itself I’m very much looking forward to seeing some friends that I haven’t seen in a while. Christine, Pia and Anne-May among others. See you guys tomorrow!

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This is the venue we’re gonna ski on Saturday.

I haven’t been skiing much this last week. Instead I booked a flight to Stockholm over the weekend to spend some time with my family that I haven’t seen since November. It’s not very often my whole family is in Stockholm but this time I got to see everyone.

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My baby brothers Rafael and Ruben. Not a quiet moment when they are around.

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My beautiful mum.

Now it’s time to start packing again. Don’t think I’ve spent more than three nights in a row at home since mid January. But starting next week I will as the location for the Peak Performance winter shoot is… Engelberg!

Hochfügen

I just got home from Hochfügen where I competed yesterday. The constest was postponed from Saturday to Sunday and although I was a bit disappointed about that at first I realized that the organization made a good call as the sky cleared up and left us with half a meter of fresh snow on Sunday morning.

I decided to go for something a bit bigger and more spectacular than usual as the conditions were so good. Got quite nervous at the start as I realized that a victory could mean qualification for the Freeride World Tour for next year. However I tried to erase those thoughts and just focus on my run and I suceeded and had fun all the way down.

This is the face we skied.
Some photos from my run taken by skilled photographer Hannes Söderlund
The rock I’m about to land here was probably the main feature of my run and I decided quite late that I wanted to do it, only a couple of minutes before starting. I took off next to the camera man so the cliff was easy to find from above. I should have waived at him though ;)
Steep terrain and lots of sluff but soft snow in the bottom made this area easy to ski out of.
I didn’t win but I ended up on second place. Very happy about that! Lorraine Huber won and Laure Vailly came third. This means that I am still ranked 2nd on the Qualifier ranking and it looks promising, although a lot can still happen.

Now I’m back in my office in Engelberg trying to catch up with some work before I leave for Austria again later this week.