Alexander Kristensen

Achievements/ movies / comp results / other proud moments:

- 1. place Lofoten Freeride 2011.
- 2. place overall Norwegian Freeride Cup 2011.
- 2. place Morgins Freeride 2009.
- 13. place Røldal freeride 2011.
- Meeting Seth on the top of Glacier Mort in Cham!

Favorite areas or descents:

Rond, Chamonix. Gummiskogen, Hemsedal.

Describe your skiing background

- I started skiing at 5, after living abroad my first few years. Then at the age of 8 I started ski racing with my friends, and took it quite serious until the age of 18 and FIS comps. By that time I was not enrolled in any skiing uni. or college, so following the progression of my racing buddys became hard and I started loosing interest. After a year in the military I bought a pair of used Rossignol Scratch BC skis and thought I could hang with my ski bum buddies that had migrated back from Canada after shredding pow for a season. And I could! I was hooked on skiing again and it felt great!

What was your big breakthrough or defining moment in skiing?

- Skiing untracked cold powder snow for the first time at the age of 20! I could not believe all the good snow I had missed all these years with ski racing. Now I truly appreciate my background training, allowing me so many great runs in the mountains!

Describe a skiing experience when things got out of hand:

- A day in Mayerhofen, Austria. Skiing with some buddies. First run I’m skiing a easy spine run where there is a exit through a shoot. And the whole snow pack releases and thankfully nobody got buried, but I was still on top. Deciding to jump the rocky icy part and ski out the avalanche debris was no good idea. I crashed and tore up a ligament injury in my thumb. I taped my thumb back together, and set of skiing more, I ended up setting off 3 more pretty big slides and crashing, breaking myself and my pole by the end of the day.

What I took home from that: Listen to the mountain if she’s telling you something. If you got a bad feeling, better to turn around!

What are you up to when you’re not skiing?

- Surfing! Mostly waves, but some windsurfing, kitesurfing and wake. Yoga. Slackline. Climbing. Biking. Hiking. Training in general to get fit for the next time on skis.

Any training advice or suggestions?

- Varied training is the most important I think. If you want to be good at something and tackle all situations you should have experience with different sports that train your coordination, balance, and different muscles. Find something you like to do! If it’s fun you’ll get much more out of your training. And when it’s not that much fun… like paddling out a 5 second period beach break with 2,7 meter waves, just think of it as good training!

Who or what inspires you?

- Kelly Slater, Seth Morrison, Taj Burro, Sverre and Kaj. I’m inspired by free spirits who stay on top of their game for as long as these guys… also the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, and other great peaceful loving people!

How do you see skiing evolving in the next five years?

- Everybody has been talking about bringing the park to the big mountain scene. But definitely people like JP, Sean Petit and Adam Widen who are charging hard and doing big tricks in lines is inspiring to watch. I think we’ll see more of that. Also I think the tradition for skiing steep lines and combining gnarly climbs and inaccessible terrain you see in Chamonix among other places will be more spread out to other remote places around the world! People are adventurous, and to quote the great Jeremy Jones: “If someone else has ridden it (a line) before me, the level of intensity is totally brought down a notch.”

Do you have any vices that you would like to share?

- Backflips scare me!!

What are your future plans or goals in skiing?

- Training hard to become as good a skier as I possibly can, I aim to qualify for the World Tour, and win the Norwegian Freeride Cup!

Alexander Kristensen's favorite kask setup.

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