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Linn Cecilie Mæhlum exploring deep powder in Japan

Linn Cecilie Mæhlum started alpine skiing at the age of seven and competed for years. This gave her a solid foundation for when she six years ago started to look around for new challenges and found her next big love: freeskiing.

Skier since the age of seven.

Linn Cecilie Mæhlum started alpine skiing at the age of seven and competed for years. This gave her a solid foundation for when she six years ago started to look around for new challenges and found her next big love: freeskiing.

In 2016 she participated in Supervention 2, a real dream come true. She also won the Norwegian Championship in freeskiing two times, in 2014 and 2015, so there’s no doubt that the change of path worked out well for her. Since then, she has stopped competing and spent her winters travelling around the globe to explore different cultures through skiing.

“I truly enjoy travelling to new places and combine exploring new cultures, movie projects and skiing. It’s the perfect combination of everything I love, and I’m so glad I’ve found a way to do just that. “

She has also been active in IVRIG for several years now: an activity camp for girls who likes surfing, biking, skiing and snowboarding, and where participants can try out new activities and meet likeminded people. Linn Cecilie takes the role as guide on these camps, and the events are suitable for both experienced girls, and those who are completely to this environment.

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Traveling to Japan

Last year, Linn Cecilie went to Cortina in Japan, where she met up with a few local freeriders, including the well-known Yuta Shimomura, Sweet Protection’s ambassador in Japan.

“Sweet has an amazing collaboration with Japan and the athletes there, so we were lucky to get in touch with some of the freeriders in the area. It definitely improved our experience to be around locals, as they took the time to guide us around and show us all the good spots!”

We were curious to know what the entire experience was like. For example, is skiing as global as we like to believe, or does other rules apply when you go skiing in Japan compared to e.g. Norway?

“Skiing is definitely like a global language; we all talk the same language when we’re out in the slopes!” Linn Cecilie explains, “However, when skiing in Japan there are some additional rules that apply. For example, in the alpine facilities, there are a lot more people working there – and since they have such a great honor culture, it’s important to behave accordingly. They also have other risk-momentums, such as warm sources. This means that when an area is restricted, well, it actually is. Other places in the world, it might not be as dangerous for a well-rounded skier, but here it can get truly dangerous if you get into a restricted area. Basically, it’s very important to honor their culture, follow their rules and be polite in the alpine facilities, otherwise you might risk losing your card. I don’t think it’s the right place to play the game of GNAR, to say it like that.”

The setup in Japan

Linn Cecilie used Sweet’s Firewall RIG™ goggles, Clockwork RIG™ goggles and the Switcher helmet on this trip, and we were curious hear how her setup worked out for her.

“I was very conscious about goggles as an alpinist, so that is definitely something I’ve taken with me into these last years.” she explains, “My favorite thing about the Sweet goggles is the sort of widescreen experience that gives me such a great overview of the terrain, especially in freeriding where there are so many contrasts to take into consideration.”

“In addition, the goggles don't fog and they are able to adjust to different temperatures, which was especially great in Japan! If I had to stop and clear out the fog, I could risk getting snow on the inner lens which in return would provide dew – so it’s these small details that makes such a huge difference experience vice.

We asked Linn Cecilie which helmet she prefers on a trip like this.

“My personal preference is to combine Sweet’s goggles with the Switcher helmet, as it’s important for me to have equipment that I can wear all day without having to make too many adjustments throughout the day. The Switcher helmet ventilates naturally, and I don’t have to make any adjustments myself as the gear sort of does it for me, which gives me less to think about when I’m out in the slopes. It’s also nice that the two goes so well together, helmet and goggle.”

“You shouldn't take off your goggles too much while freeriding, for safety reasons. If you get snow into the inner lens, it will cause condensation. That’s why it’s practical to be able to get some ventilation through the helmet as well. And since the ventilation is so good, there’s actually no need to take off the helmet and attach it to the backpack, and I really enjoy when I can travel efficiently – which also minimizes risk on the go. “

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You don’t need the most expensive goggles, but Linn Cecilie recommends getting into the RIG™ series.

I would really like to say that to people who’s on the fence about buying new goggles, that you don’t need the most expensive ones to have this sort of experience. However, I definitely recommend buying RIG™ lenses for your goggles, there is a huge difference, and as those lenses covers such a large specter of light, you can pack way lighter.

"I lent her my goggles for a while, and I had to go into a deep negotiation process to get them back at the end of the day"

She explains that “When I’m out traveling for example, I can’t take with me a large setup of goggles and lenses for all kinds of conditions. Then it’s important to have a setup that works in different lightning conditions. These goggles are also super easy on the eyes, and really enhance contrasts. You know that bright white light you see sometimes that actually makes you dizzy? Yeah, well I haven’t had that issue since I started using Sweet’s goggles. Actually, my sister had this issue a couple of weeks ago when we were out skiing, and she was using another brand. I lent her my goggles for a while, and I had to go into a deep negotiation process to get them back at the end of the day, haha! Because of the sculpted “Eye Black” geometry that helps to increase contrast, reduce glare and increase lens rigidity, the eyes can relax while focusing in the slopes. I’m really impressed by how much of a difference these small details improve the experience."

Make sure to follow Linn Cecilie on Instagram: @linncm & @ivrigcamp




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