Hedvig Wessel

Hedvig Wessel

Freeride Skiing

What do you love most about your sport?
I think it's the combination of it all. First of all, being out in the mountains really makes me a happy person. I love skiing because of the speed, the complexity, and how the sport never stops evolving. I love being part of a changing environment, and I see the mountains as a place with endless opportunities. I love skiing simply because it makes me happy. 

How do you train for it?
I train differently depending on the seasons. However, what is common throughout the year, is strength training. I go to the gym a few times a week, mostly focusing on legs and core. I believe a combination of workouts and training is the best, and that's why I do everything from biking, running, climbing, surfing and yoga. Being active every day is the most important for me. In the winter I ski as much as I can, until my feet hurt too much. I believe that the more I ski, the better I become, as long as I'm having fun.

What do you train during the dark season?
I still go to the gym, run and ski. I love the dark season. There is something special about it. Sunrise and sunset are the best things I know. I honestly had my best experiences being on the mountain while the sun is either rising or going down. Such a magical light, the sound, and the smell. It might also be the silence. Much love! 

What products from Silva do you use and how do they facilitate your training?
I really love Trail Running Free because of the lightness. It's the lamp I use the most, for everyday activities. When I go ski touring in the night, or go on bigger missions I use the Exceed headlamp which is stronger. It is perfect when I need wider and more clear vision.  

 How do you overcome challenges when training and competing?
I try to always focus on the positive. I love challenges because it's driving me forward. Even though they can be painful, I try to enjoy the pain and use it as motivation. Because when it's painful, I know I'm getting better. When I see or meet a challenge, I know it's a part of the training to make me better. I, therefore, use my energy to think positively about the challenge and find ways to surpass it the best way possible.