From the summit of Svartetind peak on the island of Gimsøya, Alexander Kristensen has a view most of us can only dream of. Beneath him a demanding 600 meter powder snow slope awaits, with crags and gullies and surrounded by jagged, majestic mountains that drop straight down to the Arctic Ocean. In a few minutes he will be skiing down some of the world’s oldest mountains, in the mighty Lofoten archipelago, in a way only the best know how. He will drop off cliffsides and do curves in the powder snow, and it will be done at high speed with style and under complete control. Down on the seashore friends, competitors, referees, industry professionals and local visitors are waiting. They are all there to watch the white gladiators challenge their own psyche, strength and stamina.
Svartetinden peak on the island of Gimsøya in the Lofoten Islands was on its best behaviour when Lofoten Freeride made its comeback in 2011 after a year’s break. The first competition was arranged in 2007, and after that, many a freeride heart has fallen in love with the Lofoten Islands. Consequently, the competition has received considerable support and over a hundred participants from five different countries had taken the trip across the Vestfjord to the magical archipelago.
The comeback last year could not have been better. On a long, demanding mountainside crammed with juicy titbits in the form of crags and wind lips, the contestants could enjoy themselves in beautiful sorroundings, now Lofoten and Svolvær is visited by Europe’s best ski and snowboard freeriders.
Svolvær is the capitol of Lofoten and offer a great atmosphere in our small town. This is a bustling trading and communications centre with ferry, sea and air connections. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures. Svolvær is the regional center with approx 4.200 inhabitants and are located in VÅGAN municipality that has approximately 8.900 inhabitants and covers a area of 477,5 km2. Svolværgeita "the Svolvær Goat", is the town´s most characteristic feature, and it represents a challenge to climbers. In the evenings we meet up at Bacalao for a round of After Ski & Sea.
Last year it was Aleksander Kristensen from Oslo and Anne May Slinning from Ålesund who drew the longest straws, but next time it could be you.
See you in Svolvær on the 8th of March !
To take part in Lofoten Freeride you need to sign up on the Norgescup Freeride website
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Lofoten Islands – situated at 68 deg North well north of the arctic circle – on the same latitude as Greenland and the Northern parts of Alaska. However it enjoys a relativly milder climate due to the Gulf streem, and temparatures up to 25 degrees in summer time is not unusual. Even better - the sun risis in mid May and don`t sets before August!! Lofoten is said to be one of the most scenic parts of Norway. Lofoten consist of a group of Islands rising directly from the ocean. Lofoten is known for their fisheries, the wildlife, and the spectacular nature, but is the recent year also become a very popular destination for hiking, kayaking, nature photography, and other outdoor activities.
From UK you can use several different airline companies to Oslo.
From Oslo – you can fly domestic to EVENES AIRPORT (90 min) and a two hours bus drive take you to Lofoten. (Recommended!) There is also an option to fly from Oslo to Bodø (80 min) and commute to Svolvær Airport with Widerøe (30 min).