Up north is the place to be when winter is coming to and end. After the good times in Lofoten my family came up north to meet me and we went inland to the Tamok hood and hooked up with my the grand old folks to spend some traditional Norwegian easter hygge times cabin style.
Fiching on the ice, cruising cros country with Hygge in the pulk, quicklunch-chocolate and oranges in the backpack, coffee on the thermos and hot dogs for BBQing is the way to go. Add some bluebird and it's picture perfect.
Max Hygge scoping pillow lines with papa and grandpa.
Heading to the hygge zone.
In the Zone with mama and grandma.
Quite coincidential Jarkko the wannabee Tamok-same from Finland was in the same hood again this year, taking his Arctix concept to another level, with the open heli powered Treeride World Championships as well as his invitatinal heli sessions. I got in on the treeride, as Howia and JM aka monkeyboy were heading out there early, called me up in the morning and said they had put me on the starting list. I came in seccond after beeing fastest on in the speed part but then not that smooth in the freeride part, where the conditions were a bit icy after it was getting a bit to late and the sun went down before I got to ride. Good fun anyway, and I got to join the heli session, at least for one day, since I did not want to miss too much Max Hygge time with the fam.
Ended up on the team with a couple of other Norwegian dirty bums that have been in the game for a while, Myking and Bryn. Stoke was definitely present and smiles were wide, Mykings maybe widest of all on his 2nd heli mission ever. Got to ski some good stuff, some steep and long stuff and some cruising, but there was no pow left when we got started, since it got warm to days before the heli arrived, unfortunately and a bit typical...
The Norwegian delegates, me, Sofish and Bryn
Sven does some nice heli parking this is on a ridge as wide as the skids.
... on top of this stuff. That is pretty steep, and way higher than it looks.
Mr Bryn is enjoying the last cruising run of the day. Sven Cruising in the background.
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Matt Hansen: Global Editor, POWDER Magazine
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