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Mattias Skantz

My name is Mattias Skantz and I'm born and raised in Östersund. I do mountains and skiing at most levels in thoughts, time and energy. I enjoy it mostly but I try to live a normal life where my largest interest doesn't take overhand. Living in a city, surrounded by other people makes this possible. I also try to engage in contexts where no one neither knows, nor can relate to, the things I really do. This feels important because I hang out in some circles where we only talk mountains, snow and skiing. As a contrast to what I do, I've made an active choice to not live in the mountains.  I live in the archipelago of Jämtland on an island called Frösön

I work for a good friend Patrik Nordin that have a company call Desporter. Desporter is distributor for Dynafit, Camp, Pomoca and 4FRNT in Sweden. We also have around 10 events as Fjällmaraton and our famous event is Axa Fjällmaraton that is a marathon in the swedish mountains. I work fulltime so I do my mountains projekt on my freetime. I try to still keep my focus on the more important things in my life. Which isn't just mountains and skiing. 

I'm born 1983 so I'm thinking I've got the future ahead of me and I imagine my physical top at 35-40. 

Things that effect my life

-     If you look at it positively and compare to other countries, doing alpine skiing tours in Jämtland and Sweden is rough and it gives you some advantages. It makes you skilled to do long tours, since there's often long distance on flat terrain before you reach the actual mountain. 

This makes you fit for skiing large mountains with big elevations when you get the opportunity to ski them. It also makes you able to cope with cold and bitter winter weather on your own, far from civilization. The biggest advantage, compared to the Alps or Norway, however, is that there are numerous of mountains to ski in Sweden so you can get powder almost all winter if you know a little about weather and snow conditions. Apart from a few areas in Sweden, you almost never meet other skiers amongst the mountains. Because there so few active skiers compared to mountains, a whole winter can pass by without you seeing any tracks in the snow.

-     Another thing that influences my life is my faith. I believe that Jesus came to earth as God’s son and as the savior of the world. I believe Jesus died for our sins and because of that we get all sorts of awesomeness through just saying yes and believing without protests. Jesus Christ gives me salvation and in that a purpose and meaning with my life. I do not need confirmation through climbing high mountains or skiing hard ski runs cause there’s something larger that’s give my soul peace. Jesus gives me forgiveness every day because I’ll never be able to do all good deeds.

-     ”Norrland” (the region in north Sweden, 2/3 of Sweden) with its landscape and its people. Particular specific region and the people that’s lives here, must be experienced.

-     Norway and all its numerous mountains

-     Coffee and milk, two necessary drinks

-     My parents and my upbringing. My father Nils Skantz, who’s always been an adventurer. Even though we made our adventures in different ways. My mom Karin Skantz who is a very strong woman with a strong psyche. This has given me a head that can focus to reach my goals.

 

Friends who mean alot and always inspires;

The women in my life:

Esther; You mean the world to me my love!

The Big Four:

Lasse Collin; A everlasting touring friend. Stable and knowledgeable.

Kristoffer Kumar Lidvall; Who’s fast and always willing to tour. Maybe Swedens best “alpine biker”

Andreas Willén (Ahlberg); Long Distance skier that you allways can count on.

Mattias Skantz; Thats me, also a member of the big four.

Other Touring friends:

Josefin Pennström; The hardest female Ski Tourers I know. You never need to wait for her. And she skies both fast and stable. Can go and go and go forever.

Mattias Herngren; Wonderful guy who’s raised in Africa which has given him totally different frames of reference. Which inspires.

Henrik Olsén; Loves jests and crazyness.

Andreas Lalantha Jansson; Role model when it comes to physique and training. Hard guy with a soft heart.

Anders Gunnervall; Pro at combining seriousness with self distance.

Tomas Wiklund; Always willing to ski. And a great guy to ski with. Webmaster and a my king on the technical things.

Mattias Lindvert and Kaj Söderin; Experts at gadgets. Inspires to combine focus with joy in their activities. And both physical wonders.

David Rangsjö; A guy that’s so wildly stoke when it´s good skiing.

Mats Domargård and Carl-Olov Neider; Strange guys who gives exuberance.

All others who aren’t mentioned.

All my female friends who gives me perspective in life and show that there is more in life than mountains and skiing. Jenny, Marta, Hanna × 2, Amanda, Stina, Emelie, Elin etc. mfl. Osv….

 

 
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