may recognize Staffan as one of Tomas Annerby's Freeheelin ski models.
He's graced our pages before. We finally caught up with him to see
just what it is that Tomas fancies so much...
Work can get in the way of skiing, but we all have regular jobs.
Don't remind me! I almost forgot about it. No seriously, it's good.
I work as a business/computer consultant at a Swedish software company
How do you find a balance between working and skiing?
I don't! I would need more vacation! Everybody should have more
vacation, right? But it works pretty well for me. My work gives
me big personal freedoms. I can work from remote destinations as
long as I have a mobile telephone. Actually, I've done a lot of
work on bad days in ski resorts. I've even assisted customers over
the telephone while on a ski lift and things turned out just fine.
That's a nice office!
photo to enlarge. Credit: Tomas
Annerby Location: Verbier
There's a bit of debate about the new equipment out there. What
do you think of fat skis and stiff boots?
Personally I think it's great. Speed is my friend! I love cruising
in big mountains. Fat skis and stiff boots allow higher speeds in
all conditions. As I see it, it expands the telemark technique.
The equipment should not be the problem. For the sport it's also
great because it might attract more beginners. The learning curve
improves, it's faster to learn to telemark, and that's great! We
want more to learn about the how nice this really is, don't we!
What gear are you skiing on this year?
I'm in possession of a pair of Rossignol Bandit XXX and Scarpa T
Race. Those are my current favorites. Salomon Xscream and my black
T1's I just use for cruising with friends. I still miss my old Tua
Cirque's, since the competition in the stairs at college... (Note:
Mario ski's XXX's too!)
Where do you usually ski?
In Sweden, Riksgränsen and Kittelfjäll up in Lappland. In the Alps,
Verbier and Chamonix. In the States Butt Hole, no sorry, Jackson
Where's your favorite place to ski?
I've spent a lot of time in Riksgränsen, hanging out with friends
creating great memories. But for easily accessible big mountain
experiences, I must say Verbier. Not as crowded with beginners as
Chamonix, but with world class off piste. Late April and May I'll
head to north Lappland where my heart belongs...
Do you like skiing in the States?
I love the amount of snow that falls and the scenery. I've spent
some time around Jackson Hole. Impressive terrain. But what I really
remember is the tree skiing in Teton Pass. The place seemed to have
fresh snow every day and always dramatic skies. The best tree skiing
I've had since Manali in India.
photo to enlarge. Credit: Tomas
Annerby Location: Verbier
What do you enjoy outside of skiing?
Computers? No just kidding. Pretty much anything you can do in the
outdoors (I need more vacation!). And especially spending time with
my girlfriend and friends.
Word has it you're a fan of beer?
Key Beer in Sweden, Heiniken in Europe, Singa in Asia, Victoria
Bitter in Australia, Samuel Adams in the States, but I really prefer
Burbon and Coke.
What's the funniest thing that's happened in your travels?
I have a fun Memory from Indian Himalayas. I wanted to do some ski
touring so I hired a local ski guide to accompany me. He assured
me of his long experience from guiding in Switzerland, Gstaad, and
his personal clients Roger Moore and Jacque Villenueve. Well right,
but I went along confident that no smoke without fire. The journey
started off fine with a Land Rover towards the Rothang Pass. When
the road was covered with snow the guide hired a couple of mules
or horse ( I'm sure it wasn't a Yak) for us to continue up the mountain.
Not really what I expected, but well we're in India, right. It worked
out, surprisingly, just fine the first half an hour. Sitting on
the mule with my backpack and skis, the mule more and more often
started to lean over the edge of the steep slippery track to catch
some grass, probably getting hungry. This made me a bit nervous
as I found it troublesome to keep the balance with my big pack on
the back and skis and reins in my hand, first time on a skinny Indian
horse, but the scenery was great though... I didn't come on terms
with the skinny Indian mountain goat and the communication didn't
really work either. After an hour the horse or whatever started
to want to go back. My excellent Indian mountain guide proposed
that we continue on skins. We started to leave the tree line and
7000 m peaks started to emerge at the new horizon. It was amazing
and I felt that the trip might be a good idea after all. After an
extra hour the athletic Indian mountain guide wanted to stop for
a smoke. After finishing the cigarette, he proposed that I should
continue on my own to the ridge so he could catch some breath. I
kept on skinning and reached the ridge on an altitude of 3500 m.
As a reward I had 1000 m vertical mostly in woods with the size
of red wood trees 10 m apart and really step, better than a day
at office. When I found the guide, still smoking, he finally admitted
that he couldn't ski powder. But he showed me the pictures with
him and Roger Moore, kissing...
A more resent one is when I met the Swedish King at The Kings Bar
in Verbier, he was a couple of beers ahead of us. He was in good
form. Long live the King!
What music do you like to listen to on the slopes? Off the slopes?
the slopes I prefer Ozzy and Dee Schneider. Off the slopes, good
music of any type, especially Vikingarna.
Do you like math? If so, what's your favorite theorem?
I had a kind of a love hate relationship with math at college. One
heavy impressive theorem I remember is the Schrödinger equation.
Not sure what to use it for but I could probably write it down...
or maybe not.
That should do it!
I hope so!
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