Left: Whitwater, BC. Right: Val d´Isére. Photos: Mattias Fredriksson

Erik "Moss" Mossfeldt, Free Radical head banger, talks to Descender. He's here to ski and not talk a lot of crap!

Descender: Where is your hometown?

Moss: My hometown is Falun, in the middle of Sweden, but I'm studying in Umeå which is a bit further north.

D: What mountain do you call home?

Moss: This is a tricky question. There are no real mountains near my town, but me and my friends used to ski in Bjursås. This cool ski area has produced several good mogul, alpine, and freeskiers. I'll bet my neighbors, the snowboard pro Jacob Söderquist and his brother Jonas (freeski pro in the Salomon freeride world team)call it home.

D: How long have you been riding?

Moss: I've been skiing since I was a very young "Dalmas", and I've been riding my tele boards since 1995.

Descender: Favorite music?

Moss: I'm really into heavy metal and I prefer old classics like Black Sabbath, Dio and Iron Maiden. I recently went to see Maiden in Stockholm with my crazy friend Petter, it was a killer experience.

D: Where do you like to ride in Europe?

Moss: I have to say La Grave, France. It's outstanding when it's good, and not so sucky when it's bad. There are no groomed runs, no ski patrol (in Europe that doesn't matter anyway) and not at all crowded. Everything is easily accessed, and you don't have to hassle all day to get a good run. The people are very relaxed, and they're there to ski and not to talk a lot of crap.

D: If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Moss: I'd like to ski in Alaska. I've heard so much about it so I would like to try it out.



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Val d´Isére, France. Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

D: What's your favorite terrain to ski?

Moss: I'm not a powder freak. I like to ski in old tracked snow where you have to struggle to keep your control and your balance.

D: Who got you into telemarking?

Moss: I was curious and wanted to try it out. In the beginning, I skied a lot with an American, Alex Kelly, who was an awesome skier. He had great control and skied powerfully and aggressively.

D: What skis are you on this year?

Moss: I ride Fischer Mountain X. I like a pretty wide and stiff ski.

Descender: What motivates you to get up at 6:00 in the morning and huck your body off of cliffs and down icy chutes?

Moss: I've always loved skiing and nowadays I also love freeheeling. I like the speed, the surf like feeling, and the aggressive, dynamic work. I like being outdoors, and I love skiing because you feel so healthy and strong, until you fall and hurt yourself. It's great skiing with friends and by yourself.

D: What influences your style most?

Moss: I don't know. Maybe the alpine freeskiers. I enjoy skiing aggressively and yet try to be smooth.

D: What do you like to do in the off season?

Moss: I used to practice martial arts but I haven't been able to during the past year, but I'm really stoked to get back to it. I tried dirt biking last summer, and I would really like to get my own bike and start riding.

D: Any big plans for the rest of the season?

Moss: Not really, I'll maybe participate in Down Films production later this season, and since I'm done with University I'll be looking for a real job.

D: Sponsors? Four elements (coolest clothes), Fischer, Swix, Smith, Garmont, Rottefella.

D: Thanks Erik. Take it easy...

Moss: Ride safe!

Left: Whitewater, BC. Right: Åre, Sweden. Photos: Mattias Fredriksson