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Oops! Off goes the tip and basket

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Fabian Rimfors with bamboo ski poles in Borgafjäll. Photo: Andreas Hillergren

Recently I was with my family and friends in Borgafjäll. In my eyes one of the best and most versatile ski resorts in all of Sweden. Here are well-tuned ski routes that offer perhaps Sweden’s best forest skiing. And here are rolling slopes that scream for our steel edges but are only half groomed to […]

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Help protect our winters!

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POW's graphics that were used during the World Championships in Åre 2019 to illustrate what the future winters in the immediate area may look like depending on how much warmer our planet becomes. An increase in Jämtland County by +4°C compared to the pre-industrial average temperature would mean just over a three-month season for Åre. If we manage to limit the increase to +2°C, we can enjoy a five-month ski season in Åre. Based on data from SMHI and the IPCC's climate scenario.

I grew up 200 meters from a ski slope where I could start the lift myself as soon as we had enough snow. Those days we had snow every winter, even here in Österlen. I could never even imagine that snow would be in short supply in the future. Although my mother was politically engaged […]

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Build your own ski poles – DIY

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Det räcker med enkla handverktyg som kniv, fil, skruvmejsel och limpistol för att färdigställa skidstavarna.

Why should I make your ski poles when you can build them yourself? It’s both fun and usually easy to create things yourself, at least that’s what I think. I’m not into this to peddle poles trying to get rich. I do this to cause less damage to the climate and the environment. Bamboo ski […]

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Getting a grip of the strap

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Handremmar och spännare från olika stadier av skidstavarnas evolution.

Six years ago, I went on an igloo trip to test how traditional equipment compares to modern materials; wool against synthetic fiber, Ventile cotton against Gore-Tex, tar-waxed wooden skis against fresh powder planks, etc. Most of the old natural materials performed well, in some cases even better than the modern materials. But one thing was […]

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The first orders

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Ett par alpina topptursstavar med handtag och mellangrepp av kork och gummiliknande elastomer.

Sure! My bamboo ski poles are not fully finished yet. The straps are still under development. But I need input and experience from more than my family to be able to make the best possible ski poles. My plan was to make prototypes this season and to have a ready-made concept and site for them […]

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Third time’s a charm

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Rimfors stavspetsar i aluminium.

After a good night’s sleep and traveling the most comfortable way possible, we arrive by train to Kittelfjäll starving for some skiing; and testing my new ski pole ferrules. Will the baskets stay in place? Will the ferrule stay in place? Of course, the train station is in nearby Vilhelmina, but after traveling from Hässleholm […]