Video: A Skier Knows – Spirit of Alaska

There are just so, so many amazing edits out there, be it mountain biking, climbing, surfing, wake boarding, BMX, skiing, snowboarding….on and on. Amazing sports and amazing edits. I make sure to watch one at least every day. Just to be amazed, inspired and to smile. Sometimes you come across an edit that has a bit extra. Not only amazing action and skills, ridiculously steep spines, pillows the size of the mountains themselves and crazy great camera work, but a story to tell.

Like “A Skier knows – Spirit of Alaska” brought by Peak Performance:

“THERE IS A FEELING that is shared with skiers all over the world. It’s nothing you can teach, learn or explain. It’s something you feel. Something you know. It stops you from sleeping during a snowstorm – knowing that fresh powder awaits you. It gives you the urge to continue hiking up the mountain when everyone else is stopping at the top of the ski lift. It hits you when looking back at your line at the bottom of a run, wanting to go back up and do it again. It’s a different way of looking at the world and something only A Skier Knows.”

Now I am no where being a big mountain skier: I am a snowboarder to start off with, and fairly new to the game, having spent many years on a windsurf board first. But I know this feeling, it is actually comparable to a windsurfer looking up and seeing trees move ever so slightly in the promise of amazing winds to come. The sense of expectation, the thrill. Or as a mountain biker, looking up at a mountain, seeing the little hint of an mazing trail snaking down the slope. So without wanting to disrespect the feeling described (or perhaps I really don’t get it because I am not a skier) I am happy to know this feeling, and to feel it in the many things i love to do. It is amazing, and his video brings that feeling home.

“Spirit of Alaska” is the first Episode in the film series A Skier Knows, where Henrik Windstedt and Matilda Rapaport takes on the mighty mountain faces of Alaska. It will take you on an enchanting journey deep into the mind of a freeskier.

“Alaska is a mental game with few comparable situations. You sit down for days and just look at the mountains and when the weather clears, you know you have to perform on your highest level and be super aware of your own but also the mountain limits. They seem to be a little more extreme up there.” Henrik Windstedt

Mark Stokmans
Mark Stokmans
Since I can remember I have been very active in many different sports: started with baseball, tennis and riding later hockey, football, running and aikido. In addition, since twelve years old I've been into actionports: at first windsurfing, later climbing, inline skating, snowboarding, mountain biking. With the first action cams coming onto the market I've been making action sports videos. Furthermore, I've worked in the sports industry since 1990, sports marketing, media and live TV and until the end of 2016 at the Dutch Olympic Committee. Besides being partner in GearLimits I work as a digital freelancer. Based in the Netherlands, Married with Children (11 and 13 years old)


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