Back in 1995 I, Mikko Rapeli, thought that a World Wide Web home page with a portion devoted to my skiing hobby would be nice. Fast forward twenty years and I still feel the same. These pages contain a log of what happens during the skiing season. I'm originally from Finland but since 2011 living in Southern Germany and hence a freeriding weekend warrior in the Alps.
One of those days in Iso-Syöte
Ski holiday week number 10 had some perfect sunny days at Iso-Syöte:
Hope to see more of those...
One Tuesday in Stubai
About that short ski film competition last October, here's the story.
On Monday April 18th 2016 Jaakko, a colleague from work, noticed that some powder snow was on its way to the Alps and Tyrol. I did not need much convincing to take a day off for that. After looking at the weather maps, we decided to drive for a day in Stubai, close to Innsbruck in Austria.
On Monday it was dumping snow and Tuesday was bluebird!
We were not alone hunting for powder but got to lay plenty of tracks next to the pistes. Avalanche warning was high at 3 and I did not want to go to any steeper terrain after the heavy snow fall.
Around noon the snow started to get quite heavy from the sun shine.
But on side slopes where angle to the sun was not that hard the snow remained dry.
Unfortunately Jaakko tweaked his knee in an innocent looking tumble on a pair of rented powder skis. It took several months to heal but luckily nothing was broken and no were surgeries needed. My helmet camera just missed the cart wheel:
The video also shows some other rippers on steeper terrain. What is not in the edit is the avalanche which almost landed to the pistes. Several people had hiked to a peak and were riding steep off piste lines towards the pistes and a larger fresh snow avalanche was triggered. This caused a full rescue action with emergency personel, dogs and helicopters, but I think no-one was cought in the snow. I was right to stay away from steeper terrain this time. It pays to read the avalanche bulletins!
In the video competition I got the coveted last place; winners had better stories and lots of social media frieds as support I'm still waiting for the day when I would find a reason to setup Google or Facebook accounts and give my communication data away for them for free. Nah, not going to happen. They'll just have to spider through www and listen on to emails in transit.
Today, like yesterday was a gray day at Iso-Syöte. It had snowed a few centimeters over night so I was up early to catch the first few lines.
View from our balcony:
But someone was in the lift before me:
The skis tracks seem wide, hmm..
Cought him! My brother Jaakko got the first tracks!
This is basically what one does at Iso-Syöte when weather is gray and there is a bit of new snow. Quick laps around the favourite spots with some standard airs in between.
Here's one of the well known rocks to get some air time:
Few milliseconds later with different framing in post production:
Eight hours later we even saw a glimpse of sun when it was painting the horizon orange and red:
Nice day with lots of riding in the trees. Maybe even better than the perfect sunny days that we saw earlier this week..
Backy 2017 at Iso-Syöte
Sunny park in Iso-Syöte was so good that also older dudes wanted to go upside down.
Blog is alive again After a busy autumn with a conference presentation, forced move to a new apartment, a minor surgery with six weeks of recovery, I've been skiing alot too, but there has not been time to finish any video edits. Sorry about that. Maybe I will have some time now.
Short film competition
I'm participating in a short film competition with a flick from last season titled "Perfect Day". Check it out and vote for number 12:
The competition is part of the Vapaalaskuiltamat, freeride evening event in Helsinki, Finland.
Go and vote for me!