today is Nov 28, 2021

With over a decade of traveling and skiing together with her fiancée Jacob Wester, 33-year old Stockholm native, Sofia Sjöberg has developed a deep passion for ski photography. Not raised as a skier herself, she is still learning the ropes of the big mountain arena, slowly gathering more knowledge and getting more comfortable in big terrain. Whenever her own physical skill set becomes limiting, she takes advantage of the steadily advancing drone technology to find the right angles and to get closer to the action.

After graduating with a master of science degree in 2015, she now spends all of her time dreaming up new, fun ways to document her adventures in the great outdoors with Jacob and their friends. ”It’s so difficult to simply pick the very best photos, because that judgement is so subjective and guaranteed to be heavily biased one way or another. These five photos mean a lot to me in different ways and I’ve tried to explain why in the captions. I hope you like them too!”

Lovisa Rosengren and William Fjällström. Åre, Sweden

Photo Credit: Sofia Sjoberg

Lovisa Rosengren and William Fjällström. Åre, Sweden

Like for many others the season of 2021 was a different one for me. Instead of heading to steep and extreme mountains in the Alps, I chose to spend my winter at home in Sweden, in beautiful Åre. Åre is Sweden’s largest ski resort with a medium sized, fun, mountain. During January and February we had -20 degrees Celsius and sun pretty much every day and on every third night or so we got a refill of powder. It’s definitely crazy thinking back to how good conditions were. This photo is special because on this day we shot a few photos in the sun/shadow line and then ended the day skiing powder down from Västerskutan in a perfect purple, golden sunset. For once, I managed to take a minute on top of the mountain before our last run to just appreciate life and the month we just experienced. When I work I often end up being so much in the moment that I sometimes forget to just appreciate nature, views and friendships, but on this day I did not. Somehow this photo represents that feeling for me.

Jacob Wester and Bine Zalohar. Chamonix, France

Photo Credit: Sofia Sjoberg

Jacob Wester and Bine Zalohar. Chamonix, France

This photo is actually shot on the same face as the one with Jacob and André, just a year later with a completely different framing. I love having two skiers in the same photo. I think it brings out so much more joy and authenticity in the photo when you can capture the dynamics between two people. I remember we struggled a bit with the timing. We only had one chance to make this photo happen because I didn’t want any other tracks in the photo. It was also pretty late in the season and this is a south face, so I knew that if I wanted this photo then we had to nail it. What you can’t see is that Bine’s starting position was a bit higher up than Jacobs on the face, therefore he had to start skiing a bit earlier than Jacob, but not too early because I wanted them to make perfect 8s with Jacob in front. They somehow manage to have perfect timing and I couldn’t be more happy! Or maybe if we had perfect pink sunset light… So let’s do it again soon?!

Henrik Harlaut. Chamonix, France

Photo Credit: Sofia Sjoberg

Henrik Harlaut. Chamonix, France

During 2019, Henrik Harlaut visited Chamonix for the first time. Both Jacob, myself, and his filmer Emil (who had been staying with us in Chamonix), had been nagging Henrik about visiting. Chamonix is so much more than just steep extreme lines and we all knew he was going to love the mid-station on Aiguille du Midi with endless amounts of rocks, rollers, steep landings and in-runs. I think Henrik ended up spending 3 weeks in Chamonix filming for Salute not leaving the mid-station area once. On one of those days we ended up staying late on the mountain and during that golden hour I got this photo. It’s very special for me because it’s not every day you get Henrik Harlaut doing a “photo trick” for you during a perfect sunset.

Jacob Wester. Chamonix, France

Photo Credit: Sofia Sjoberg

Jacob Wester. Chamonix, France

This is probably my all time favorite photo and I wish I planned for it, but the photo sort of happened by accident. Jacob and I were up at the mid-station on Aiguille du Midi just playing around. We saw this stream of light and due to a miscommunication, Jacob made a turn way further down the slope then I planned on. As soon as I clicked the shutter though, I knew it was the one.

Jacob Wester and Andre Dalkarl. Chamonix, France

Photo Credit: Sofia Sjoberg

Jacob Wester and Andre Dalkarl. Chamonix, France

I love shooting with the drone, it enables new perspectives and is just a super nice tool to have in the mountains. This photo has been published in a few magazines, including Powder, and was also part of the Red Bull Illume 2019. This photo was never planned for either. We were shooting a steeper face and on the out-run I managed to point the camera down and just clicked the shutter without really knowing what I was framing. With freeride lines it all happens so fast, before you know it the riders are at the bottom of the line, so most of the time I pick a composition and focus on that frame, never trying to capture the out-run. For some reason I didn’t do that on this day, probably one of my smartest moves in hindsight.

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