There are more than 60 peaks to choose from for heli-skiing. It’s one gigantic roadless region from Riksgränsen to Abisko, down to Kebnekaise. But there’s also a mountain with ski lifts and excellent areas for ski touring. Of course there’s even more to it than that. When we check out Niehku we find Johan “Jossi” Lindblom on his way out on the snowmobile. Some people from Salomon are going to try ice fishing.
– Some people don’t understand all the opportunities there are here. Some think all we do is heli-skiing. But we want to be a hotel for all those who want to experience the Arctic lifestyle, in summer as well as in winter, he says.
Skiing is Jossi’s first love, of course. But there are other things. In summer he looks forward to both hiking and fishing. Biking and trail running are also exceptional in the area.
What is it that makes skiing here unique? Jossi has worked as a mountain guide since 2004 and started working in Riksgränsen no less than 25 years ago. He’s seen most of the world. Last week he was in Russia, in Kamchatka, flying a helicopter.
– Speaking of heli-skiing, which is what we’ll want to promote, there are so many unique things in this environment. There’s skiing for everyone, from families with children to professionals. The area is vast and there are 60 mountains to choose from.
– Something I think most people tend to forget is the Arctic surroundings and the Arctic light. There are few places that can offer such a grand, accessible Arctic experience. And then there’s the light… It’s more than just an opportunity to go skiing under the midnight sun, it’s about that special, Arctic light. Skiing on pink powder is something truly amazing.