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NAME: Johan Jonsson
BIRTHDAY: 13 October 1980
HOME: Östersund, Sweden and Engelberg, Switzerland
DISCIPLINES: Big mountain having fun / Freeride
I grew up ski racing on very small hills in the middle of Sweden. One day, after ski academy, I crashed my dads car, panicked and booked a ticket to the USA with my best friend. We wanted to try this freeskiing thing. Ten years later I was still freeskiing as my job, and even though it’s way harder work than people think, it’s obviously also the best job in the world.
The best thing is that those moments change as we evolve as skiers. That’s how I look at it at least. 15 years ago the goal was to drink and party hard but still huck big cliffs. Now it’s more about finding new places where I haven’t been before, or where no one has been before. Skiing hard will always be a part of my love for the sport, but what that means obviously changes. Moments that make me happy, that’s why I ski. Currently those moments ofter occur after a long hike, and just before (and after) skiing an untouched powder line.
It’s cheesy, but: ”Treat others the way you want to be treated”.
I like it cause it’s very hard, but if we all tried a little harder life would be so much nicer for everyone.
By trying to think about what people I look up to would do, and combine that with the knowledge I have. Life, both on and off the mountain, is something we never master fully. So I try to be humble and learn something every day.
I don’t see it that way. What others might think are sacrifices — 15 years of distance relationships, no real home, etc. — are things that just were necessary to be able to ski for a living. The biggest sacrifice would have been not giving it a shot, and losing the opportunity to live this life.
Too much. Ha ha. I guess I can perform ok in a bad mindset, but when shredding with friends in a good mood everything becomes so much easier.
My other two big passions are trail biking and fly fishing, and that really give me a lot of energy. After becoming a father in 2018, I obviously spend more time with my family too, but if you just try a little bit harder I feel you don’t have to sacrifice other passions because of that. Just change the mindset a bit. Works most of the time at least. Ha ha.
I try to do as well as I can in every situation, and not just give up because the conditions or the weather are crap. Some days you really feel like you suck, but if you work hard on those days, the sunny powder days will become even better and easier.