Name: Eirik Finseth
Born/Age: Oppdal, Norway. 28 years.
Current Residence: Oppdal, Norway.
Personal accomplishments/Media coverage (within past two years):
- Winning "Best Segment" at the Fri Flyt awards for my skiing in Field Productions Side by Side video
- Realizing my dream about becoming a full time free skier.
- Skiing in Haines, Alaska and putting the "pedal to the metal"
Goals/travel plans for 2011:
"Ski as much as possible and enjoy the mountains. Starting out the season in Switzerland, probably staying in the Alps for a month; then, back home to Norway and filming in the Norwegian mountains and hopefully to North America after that. Once it’s over, I’ll hopefully put together a kick-ass movie segment, haha!"
Favourite ski/mountain sports blogs/websites/videos: Fri Flyt.no, Fieldproductions.com
Other sponsors: 4FRNT, (skis) VPG, (retailer), Electric, (goggles/eyewear) Bern (helmets), Oppdal ski resort
Despite growing up just below the slopes of Oppdal, a Norwegian ski resort, newly-signed Arc’teryx big mountain skier Eirik Finseth’s first experiences were a bit traumatic. "My mother tells me that I was not the bravest child, and I cried every time they tried to teach me to ski. One day, they they drove up a road to the middle of the hill, put on my skis, and left me there to ski down. My mother got some funny looks from the other mothers. The kind of look that says, ‘Someone, please call Child Support services!’"
Finseth says, "I have grown a lot since then, and can honestly say that I still love skiing. I get the same feeling every autumn when I see the first snow falling. When I’m standing on the top of a line, looking down, I know that’s exactly where I want to be and I can forget about everything else. I feel like a king."
The 28 year old free skier now spends his time as a full-time mountain sports athlete sponsored by Arc’teryx, (clothing) 4FRNT,(skis) VPG, (retail), Electric, (goggles/eyewear)and Bern (helmets).
Arc’teryx Director of Brand Marketing Tom Duguid is pleased to welcome Finseth to the roster of over 65 sponsored athletes.
Finseth is very pleased with his new Arc’teryx sponser/partnership. "There is a saying – it actually rhymes in Norwegian – ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.’ At first, I thought this was a bit over-optimistic, but after I started using Arc`teryx clothes, I could not agree more. Arc’teryx clothing keeps me both warm and dry in a variety of mountain conditions."
Eirik will be updating his blog throughout the winter, and his travels will take him to the Swiss Alps and hopefully, a return to North America. His trip to Haines, AK, last year resulted in winning "Best Segment" at the Fri Flyt awards for his skiing in the Side by Side video.
At the end of each season, though, Finseth returns to the comforts of Oppdal. "I basically grew up in the resort. I knew, and still know, all the people that work there."