Two unforgettable weeks – Fieberbrunn, Xtrem Verbier and Peak Performance photo shoot

Monday today, and for the first time in while I’m back in front of the computer. It’s been two intense weeks with lots of new impressions, nervousness, adrenaline, exitement, and pure joy. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet lots of new friends.

But let’s go back about one and a half week in time. I was in Fieberbrunn again after the long waiting period that I spent in Engelberg. It had been snowing during the week and when we got up to the spectators area at 6 AM (!) on the day of the contest the sky had cleared up. Strong winds in the night had removed the fresh snow from some parts of the venue, but all in all the conditions looked great. FWT-bibBib draw. F.L.T.R Jackie, Janina, Jess, Christine, Anne-May, Pia, Crystal, Nadine, Ashley, myself and Lorraine.8578507492_07efc0f69c_bMe and Pia discussing our line choices before the contest. Photo by T.Haller.8561850333_5391461d80_bLast line check at the start. Photo by J.Bernard.8562961616_8f97696e10_bIn the start gate getting ready to drop. Lots of butterflies in my stomach here… Photo by J.Bernard.8578510806_0935c06c6b_bMy run. I skied the line that I wanted to ski except for my bottom cliff where the landing looked extremely flat from the top. Hence I skipped it. Although that didn’t look very agressive I’m happy I did as I heard afterwards that three other girls crashed on it. Photo by D.Carlier.8561878273_e3cbaa93cd_b

My run took me to second place after Nadine Wallner who won! Jackie Paaso was third. After this I didn’t think my season could get any better. Photo by Z.Haller.bildWille and Reine both skied really well and ended up 2nd and 3rd in the men’s ski category. Quite impressive that three out of three Swedes were on the podium in Fieberbrunn I must say.

After the prizegiving I got into the car right away and drove back to Engelberg. Our Peak Performance photo shoot was about to start and of course I didn’t want to miss out. We were a crew of seven riders including SandraHenrik, Oskar, Sebastian, me, Rachael and Tadahiro.bild kopia 2We had some fun days in Engelberg and one great powder day in Airolo and I really enjoyed seeing everyone.

On Wednesday evening, when our shoot had just finished, I got an sms from the Freeride World Tour organization. They said that due to a last minute cancelation they had a free spot for the FWT finals, the legendary Verbier Xtreme. It’s of course every competitive freeskier’s dream,  including myself, to participate and I couldn’t say no. Since the contest was less than 36 hours away I got some sleep and then drove to Verbier at 6 the next morning.8579806257_3202e1a953_b

This is me and Lori checking the face while waiting for the heli to take us up to the start gate. Oh, how nervous I was at this point. Photo by D.Carlier.8582517377_b2ea8466d0_b

Pia going through her line at the start. This is how you can tell if someone used to be a alpine racer :)  Photo by D. Carlier.8579811507_7dacc36312_b

My first air right at the top. The face was probably steeper than any competition face I’ve ever skied before. Photo by D.Daher.8580091601_093e1fed1b_b

My second air. Lost my balance a bit on the take off as there where some rocks hidden there, but managed to stay on my feet. Photo by T.Repo. Matilda_finish_FWT13

When I heard that I was in the lead I was chocked. As you can see.8580138111_7ed5fdb801_bLorraine finished second and Nadine third. It’s quite cool that both me and Lori entered the contest on a wildcard! Nadine won the overall standings and is now crowned the FWT champion 2013. Impressive! Photo by P.Field.8580140279_25f7bc509f_b In the men’s category Reine had an impressive, fluent run and finished second. That meant he was also second in the overall! Wille also had a good run until he crashed after the Hollywood cliff. Kevin Guri won. Photo by P.Field.

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Me, Kevin and Ralph celebrating our victories with some bubbles. Photo by P.Field.

8581247782_1f7491cce0_b Prizegiving in the village. It was cool to see and hear how many Swedes that were there supporting us. Photo by D. Carlier.

I don’t think I’ve ever achieved anything like this and it’s been amazing having so many friends, relatives and sponsors supporting me on site, watching the live stream, sending texts, comments and photos. It means so much and to all of you I just want to say THANKS for sharing this experience with me.

Over and out.

Matilda

 

Ps. Here are my runs from Verbier and Fieberbrunn. You can also check out the coverage at SVT from Verbier.

Waiting

So, as you’ve probably understood by now the contest didn’t happen last weekend. When we had the face inspection on Friday everyone realized that the thick crust with sugar snow underneath was just to dangerous to ski and so the contest was postponed. There is a weather window until this upcoming Saturday and the organization decided to use it. Looking at the forecast I think that Saturday would be the best day to run as its gonna snow on Thursday, but we don’t know yet.

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Christine being interviewed by the FWT crew.

20130312-090318.jpg Pia, Anne-May and I waiting for the bib draw.

Instead of staying in Fieberbrunn I decided to head back to Engelberg as I had plans to ski with some journalists invited by Peak Performance. We had a fun day on the mountain yesterday and now we’re about to hit the slopes again.

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Engadin – ISPO – Lech

I’ve spent the last week on the road. First I went to Engadin for another 4-star qualifier. The face we skied there was really tricky and I struggled finding a line. AND finding my way down the mountain. The snow conditions didn’t help either, hard and wind-packed. Face inspection the day before the competition. The face.
Anja, Tone and I before the competition. Little did we know that we would end up…
… on the podium all three of us! Anja 1st, Tone 2nd and me 3rd. An all-scandinavian day!

After the comp I went back to Engelberg but I only stayed for one night before I went to ISPO in Munich. ISPO is the biggest wintersport fair in the world and there were plenty of things to see and people to meet. Met fellow skier Sandra Lahnsteiner in the Peak Performance stand. Here we are standing in front of the brand new Project no9 jacket.

Found a lot of nice and not-so-nice gear for next year. These are Bogner’s key items for next winter. Like it?

After ISPO I met up with Christine, Adam, Lotten, Hannes and Carl-Johan in Lech am Arlberg and today we had a nice day of skiing here.


Now time for dinner.

Hahnenkamm

This weekend was spent in Kitzbühel watching the 73rd Hahnenkamm race. Seeing the downhill live was as spectacular as expected and the ambience among the 42’000 spectators was great.


After the race we went up to the start and checked it out. It takes a lot of guts to launch yourself out of the starting gate here in Kitz, it’s steep and icy as hell.
Up there we met a true legend, Franz Klammer. he won four times in the late seventies.
We also met this guy, not sure what he was doing with those skis. In the evening we watched the prize giving and bib draw for the slalom. It was cool to see Mattias get up there and get his bib.

Afterwards we had dinner and went back to Fieberbrunn. The morning after I went back to support Mattias. He ended up 12th and qualified for the world champs in Schladming, hurray!

Innsbruck – Fieberbrunn

Three days ago Mattias and I got into the car and drove to Innsbruck (well, Mattias claims I was sleeping most of the way but it’s not really the truth… )

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Mattias trained in Mutters the day after so I joined. Mutters is located really close to Innsbruck and from the top you can see the whole city below.

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Our host in Innsbruck, Hans. Nice to see him back on skis again!

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20130125-160348.jpgThursday I took the train from Innsbruck to Fieberbrunn to meet up with a Peak crew that are here for the Hahnenkahm weekend with a group of guests. I’m looking forward to watch the downhill race live tomorrow, its my first time. Quite happy that Mattias is not on start there considering how nervous I would be.

20130125-160402.jpg Some pictures from the tour Osten, Sebastian, and I did yesterday in Fieberbrunn. Found really good snow although a week had past since the last snowfall.

Now off to après. Sorry about the bad quality on some of the photos, the wifi here isn’t the fastest.

Weekend with friends

This weekend has been a good one. Maria, one of my oldest and closest friends, came visiting and got to ski deep powder for the first time in her life. She loved it. On Friday Emelie, another good friend of mine, joined us and we had an intense weekend of skiing, hiking, talking and laughing.

Emelie enjoing the view.
Jon enjoying the fresh snow.
Maria doing some Nordica advertisement. Thanks for the support!
Emelie is in deep.
Emelie, Maria and I in the bottom of Galtiberg, the 2000 vertical meter run. A true favourite of mine.
Hiking in Wendelücke, a.k.a Mordor.


Emelie, Ann, Jon and Maria hiking back up to the lift on tired legs.
Smile for the camera Maria.
Emelie taking her last steps back onto the slope.

Now I’m trying to catch up with work before I go to Kitzbühel for a Peak event later this week.

Touring in Meiringen

After a week of skiing in Mürren and and Haslital it was quite nice to come home on Tuesday evening and sleep in my own bed for a few nights. But back to our trip.

Our last day in Hasliberg we decided to go touring in search for good snow. We had heard a lot about the numerous tours to chose from in the area and wanted to try them all out. Luckily, mountain guide Teddy Zumstein from Hasliguides joined and could make the choice for us. But first, let’s have a look at some more photos from our two days of skiing in Hasliberg!
We stayed out late on Monday to get some shots in the afternoon sun. The snow actually looks pretty good here. But this is how crusty the snow really was. Didn’t really capture Johan in this turn. But in this one I did. Bare in mind that the landing was crusty and hard! For me, having fun in the mountains is all about not running out of energy. A snickers kept my spirit high in the late afternoon.

So, over to our day of ski touring. In summer there is a road over the mountain pass Grosse Scheidegg that is located between Meiringen and Grindelwald. We drove for half an hour up the pass and stopped where the road ends in winter time, a couple of hundred vertical meters from the highest point. From there we took off.
As you can see Rosenlaui is located between Meiringen and Grindelwald. You can also see Titlis and Engelberg up to the right. The tour we did is called Rosenlaui and is quite famous in the region. We took off around 10 am, no point of heading up earlier as we were looking for slushy afternoon snow to ski on our way down. We weren’t alone on the mountain. Almost there. Johan, Fredrik and Teddy at the top where we stopped for a break and some sandwiches after 1000 vertical meters of touring. A self-portrait from our way down. On our way we could see the peaks Eiger and Jungfrau in one direction, and Titlis in another. Quite cool to be in-between. The snow wasn’t perfect, but we had fun anyways. Afterwards we headed over to Hasliberg again to have a beer and check out a new hotel. It’s called Wetterhorn. The hotel as built around the turn of the last century but stood empty for thirty years before it was renovated and reopened just before Christmas. It’s run by a fairly young couple from Lucerne and offers great accommodation, mountain views and food. Every week they organize concerts in the brand new bar and the whole place has a warm, friendly and informal atmosphere to it (something you rarely find in the Swiss Alps I must say). One of the double rooms. Love the bed! Apparently the wood is taken from an old house.

Tomorrow I’m leaving again for La Clusaz where I have the first comp of the season. Snow is predicted for tomorrow and I think the contest will be held Saturday. Wish me luck!