today is Oct 01, 2022

Eleven years ago I had my face flat on the ground knowing my ski career had just ended. 200 days on skis and 100 days a year on trampoline over the previous ten years suddenly needed to be replaced. A few seconds earlier my spine had snapped. Little did i know what a beautiful journey I had in front of me.

When I came back after my rehab I was an observer and not the center of the action anymore. My perspective of skiing had always looked like a GoPro video — it was me on the skis with the skis in the lower part of my view and the fall line in the center. Focused on my own performance, an egotistical perspective. I now developed more appreciation and humility for skiing. It had brought so many good things to my life — great friends, countless adventures and achievements.

My new perspective and my old knowledge somehow made skiing more interesting than ever before. It was now so much more than the act of skiing. It was the surroundings, the ripples in the water. I was seeing the world in much more detail. Seeing so much beauty in the environment that was left unnoticed when I was singularly focused on my own skiing. Some things are bigger than skiing. You see, there is no ripple in the water without a puddle and there is no puddle without a cloudy sky. — Alric Ljunghager

Here are my top 5 ski photos with the action in the center. Please follow me on @alric.ljunghager and alric.se for a deeper dive.

Leo Bjöerklund. Alesund, Sunnmore, Norway

Photo Credit: Alric Ljunghager

Leo Bjöerklund. Alesund, Sunnmore, Norway

Leo is beautifully riding down the mountain. I think it's a great image because the environment and the rider seem to speak the same language. This Image won Photo of the Year at the 2018 Powder Awards.

Sakarias Majander. Gulmarg, India

Photo Credit: Alric Ljunghager

Sakarias Majander. Gulmarg, India

Sakarias riding in the forest of Kashmir, India. We don't need to go all the way to the top of the Himalayas to enjoy them.

Øystein Bråten. Riksgransen, Sweden

Photo Credit: Alric Ljunghager

Øystein Bråten. Riksgransen, Sweden

Øystein makes an orbit around the sun in Riksgränsen, Sweden.

Evelina Nilsson. Vogel, Slovenia

Photo Credit: Alric Ljunghager

Evelina Nilsson. Vogel, Slovenia

Evelina making turns in the fresh powder in Slovenia during an assignment for Powder. For me this image is not my favorite because of its action, but because of the collaboration between Evelina and myself. I saw this beautiful composition and Evelina gladly changed her line and tried to understand my perspective that looked way different from here angle.

Magnus Graner. Zermatt, Switzerland

Photo Credit: Alric Ljunghager

Magnus Graner. Zermatt, Switzerland

Magnus first day with the final production version of 1000skis in Zermatt. Me and friends from The Bunch started a ski brand as a cultural movement. The red ski is a graphical marvel for me as a photographer. The brand strives for social and environmental responsibility within the culture and the industry.

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