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Step by step out of my comfort zone

The snow’s great, my pants are full. That’s the situation in a nutshell. I haven't been skiing in over 15 years. But today, I won’t just be standing on skis but «flying» through the air with them strapped to my feet. At least that's the plan.

I'm in Laax, on Crap Sogn Gion, together with Jens Nyström from Stomp It Tutorials. In his tutorial videos, Jens teaches beginners like me how to pull off freestyle skiing tricks on kickers, boxes and rails. My challenge for today: mastering an intermediate beginner’s jump.

The challenge

Like I said, the last time I was on a ski slope was 15 years ago. I was in my mid-30s and a little more elastic than I am now. Besides, I've always been more into carving skis. Jumps have never really been my thing. Thinking about the jump is making me feel queasy. What’s your gut feeling?

Patrick's freeskiing challenge
Master or disaster? Jump or rescue sledge?

Not what I’d call a beginner kicker.

My coach

Jens Nyström is from Skellefteå in Sweden. The 30-year-old has been living in Laax since 2010. He started out as a traditional ski instructor. For several years now, he’s been teaching beginners and advanced skiers how to freeski. His philosophy: step by step out of your comfort zone. He stresses that it’s very important to carry out each step and not skip any of them. Otherwise, freeskiing can turn ugly quite quickly as the risk of injury is high, Jens explains in the video above. So, let’s take a deep breath and...

Check out the full report on my freeskiing challenge from Thursday, right here on Galaxus.

Want more of this kind of thing? For all my adventures on water, land and in the air click here.

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