Pretty cool retrospective from a 30 year old dude that has spent half his life as a professional skier. Swedish skier Jacob Wester signed his first professional ski contract at 15 years old and has a whirlwind life ever since competing on the slope-style circuit and getting into the backcountry as much as possible. Recently he’s been getting into ski mountaineering and its been a real eye opener. This is Jacob’s story:
“This winter marks my 15th year as a professional skier, meaning I have spent half my life skiing as a job. I am incredibly lucky to be able to lead this lifestyle, and throughout the years I have grown to appreciate all the aspects of skiing, from the strict regimen of slopestyle competition circuits to the unlimited freedom of the backcountry. I wouldn’t be the skier I am today without experience from the entire spectrum of sliding on snow, and this video tries to convey that message.
Although I am now entering for me uncharted territory in the ski-mountaineering domain, I will never forget my roots, and my style will always be influenced by my history. The coming winter will see the start of my first full movie project, the details of which will remain secret for now. Here’s to another fifteen years of awesomeness!”
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I love the feeling of realizing ideas that pop into my mind while spending time in these mountains. After skiing the Aiguille d’Argentiere North face a few days ago, I looked through my drone footage and this big hanging curtain of snow lookers left of the face caught my attention. Wouldn’t it be nice to make some turns right there…? I spent three days with that idea gnawing at the back of my head, until this morning, when the early risers at the Grands-Montets cablecar were greeted by zero wind and a warming April sun quickly rising over the massif. It was a perfect day to enter some new steep corners! . First known descent of the Gabarrou/Bettembourg route, Aiguille d’Argentiere North face. 650m @ 45-50 degrees, 1x60m rap at the bottom. Thanks for being stoked on the idea and the great company @jesperpeterssonn @andredalkarl and Mikko! remote-controlled 🚁 edit coming soon! . . . @wearcolour @rossignol @lookbindings #lifeisyourcanvas #anotherbestday #itrustlook #argentiere #chamonix #theJWadventures
images from Jacob Wester IG