Wintergrams: Who to follow on Instagram this winter
Ever since our children, nieces, and interns informed us we were being rookies by not having Instagram accounts, we’ve been geeking out on our i-phones snapping photos and following our friend’s accounts. And with winter fast approaching, now you can get the best of the wintergrams by following these amazing skiers and snowboarders. Live vicariously as they tease you with their touring, mountaineering, freestyling and heli trips. We’re definitely a tad jealous.
Candide Thovex is a French professional skier and filmmaker known for his creative and outgoing approach to the sport. You may know him from his YouTube hit “One of Those Days 2” which went viral with 16m views to date.
Henrik Harlaut is a Swedish freestyle skier from Stockholm. He is well-known for his long dreadlocks and bold personality, and skied in Sochi with triple XL trousers around his knees and Ninja Turtle gloves. We love Henrik because he doesn’t take himself too seriously, and even managed to lose his extra baggy trousers when qualifying in Sochi with a brief ‘wardrobe malfunction’.
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Christy is one of the best female snowboarders on the planet. Her rail game is second to none, and in January she won the slopestyle gold at the Burton European Open in Laxx. We’re expecting big things from Christy in 2015/2016 season.
With numerous gold medals up his sleeve, Sage is also one of the best snowboarders on the planet. He strapped in at the age of 5 and has been shredding ever since. As a member of Team GoPro, you can expect scores of outrageous upside down snowboard selfies interspersed with the odd surfing snap.
British bad boy and Team BSS athlete, Billy is most famous for landing the first ever Backside Quadruple Cork 1800 (four off-axis flips and five full rotations) off a jump in Livigno. His Instagram account isn’t ALL snowboarding, but is interspersed with pictures from his training, his friends, and everyday life as a professional snowboarder.
He surfs goofy, snowboarder regular, and his the ‘King of the Methods’. Enough said.
James ‘Woodsy’ Woods
With world cup medals among his collection, Woodsy is one of the UK’s top freestyle athletes. What’s more, he didn’t grow up on the lavish resorts across Europe, but learned to ski at the Sheffield Ski Village in England. Humble beginnings didn’t stop him, and he recently scored Gold at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup event at Cardrona, NZ.
Halldór Helgason is a marketers dream. Not only is he one of the most gifted riders around, but also one of the most popular, respected and approachable guys in the industry. He is notorious for his extreme street edits, and also well-known for turning down modelling contracts. Be warned: His Instagram account DOES include mild doses of drunkenness and the odd bare bum.
These Finnish madmen have been revolutionizing street skiing. They’re young, they’re somewhat crazy, and they’re endlessly creative. Read an interview with them here.
Absinthe Films are at the forefront of today’s snowboarding. Some of the world’s best riders star every year in the Absinthe movies and push the sport to a whole new level. On Instagram, expect to see a LOT of big mountain lines.
Turning your snowboard is very different than driving your turn. @blairhabenicht is one of a surprisingly few people who can differentiate. You can still watch his shared part with @wolfgangnyvelt from #heavymentalmovie on @snowboardermbm @whitelinesmag and @onboardmag because we decided to keep it up for one last day, due to the sorry state of powder in the world at this very moment. But just enjoy what you are doing right now. It will come. @oligagnonphoto @mervinmfg
Jerry of the Day
A Jerry is an individual who exhibits a true lack of understanding for their sport, or for life in general. Vermont Skier Colton Hardy created Jerry of the Day to acknowledge the stupid things we all end up doing on the mountain. From upside down goggles to stomach wrenching crashes, you’ll see it all.