Captions and photos by Mattias Fredriksson
The majestic landscape of northern Norway with the fjords diving into the landscape, the sharp mountains jutting out. A vintage boat, remodeled to artisanal perfection, replete with sauna and sleeping quarters. Three of the world’s best big-mountain skiers, tourers and ski racers. Plus one helicopter.
When Field Productions producer Filip Christensen relayed the message to Eric Hjorleifson that he had secured closely held heli-skiing permits in and around Koppangen, Hoji knew he had to be there.
Hoji would join Aksel Lund Svindal and Eirik Finseth on the boat for a 10-day mission. They were set to explore the vast waterways looking for lines, with the heli at the ready. A dream trip for even seasoned veterans.
When the crew arrived at Koppangen, they put their skins on and rocketed up to the nearest glacier. What they found was a zone with enough lines to keep them more than happy for the duration of the trip; endless options with a stable snow-pack and no further exploration needed. Though the boat served as their hotel—which Hoji likened to staying in a backcountry hut—it never left the dock. The heli happily bounced them from line to line surrounding the Koppangsbreen glacier. “I’ve never skied that long,” says Hoji, remembering the northern daylight cycle. “We were up in the air flying at 4:30 in the morning. We would land at 10:30 at night.”
These are the fruits of their labor, with Mattias Fredriksson capturing the moments and giving the backstory.