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The kayaks turned into skis this winter.

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Sea kayaking in the winter can be absolutely amazing, wonderful, exciting, freezing, calm, cold, shivering, fantastic, magic and oh, so windy and snowy. I love kayaking during all 4 seasons and paddling during winter has always been one of my favourite things to do, all categories. Until I started to learn how to ski a few years ago. Thanks to Nick Cunliffe, who introduced me to the sport, I now have a strong competitor to winter kayaking: a fancy pair of Movement skis!

In the past I always turned down people who wanted me to join them to go skiing. I didn't want to buy more equipment than I already had in the garage. Equipment that would cost me a lot of money and that I would probably only use once a year, maybe twice if I was lucky or maybe just once every two years if knew myself well enough. I had so many other things that would compete for my attention and I always thought that crossing a continent on a bike, go scuba diving in tropical waters with curious sea horses, do some rock climbing on spectacular rock formations in South East Asia or hiking up less known mountains in Central America would come first for me. To go skiing? Humpf! I leave that to the people who love to freeze their butts off and to those who will probably not remember the acutual skiing very much due to the after ski parties. So, thanks but no thanks.

But oh dear, why am I so stubborn at times? (Ok, quite often, I know. And people who know me are probably nodding their heads right now.) Why didn't someone just drag me out on a mountain with skiis and skins attached to my feet? Why didn't anyone threaten me with a sharp object or at least with the fact that I would suffer from some weird, incurable disease if I didn't come with them to the Alps, to the Norwegian mountains or even to the Swedish hills when they were covered by snow? These are questions with no answers.

BUT looking back and regretting things I did and didn't do, I've learned over the years, will serve me no good. And even if it took me this long to open the door to the skiing world I am so happy that I am now back in Chamonix. Back in the mountains with Mont Blanc (4810m) just outside my window. I greet her every morning before my friends come and pick me up to go skiing. Days that are filled with laughs, wonderful company, fluffy snow (not every day though), bumpy bumps, loooooooong wonderful turns on my skis, fresh mountain air and incredible views of the impressive mountains that are surounding me.

I guess my kayaks will just have to enjoy that they are off duty back in Sweden. Cause for now, it's my skis who have to work really hard here in Chamonix instead.

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The impressive Mont Blanc massif overlooking the Chamonix valley.

The impressive Mont Blanc massif overlooking the Chamonix valley.

It's serious business up here, so I can't do nothing but laugh at the funny signs they put up. Which are supposed to be serious of course. Love it!

It's serious business up here, so I can't do nothing but laugh at the funny signs they put up. Which are supposed to be serious of course. Love it!

Best friend Gloria posing with the Argèntiere glacier in the background.

Best friend Gloria posing with the Argèntiere glacier in the background.

The Italians are pretty funny too.

The Italians are pretty funny too.

Big smiles. Big goggles. Big sun. Big mountains. Big happy memories from skiing in Courmayer, Italy, with Gloria and Maria.

Big smiles. Big goggles. Big sun. Big mountains. Big happy memories from skiing in Courmayer, Italy, with Gloria and Maria.

Let's see how many stickers the French can put up with before they put up a new sign. I dare you monsieur! ;-)

Let's see how many stickers the French can put up with before they put up a new sign. I dare you monsieur! ;-)

The layers of Chamonix. 3 natural (the clouds, the mountains and the sky)  and one man made down below.

The layers of Chamonix. 3 natural (the clouds, the mountains and the sky) and one man made down below.

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