VIDEO: SNOWCIETIES Episode 3 "Riksgränsen"
It was 1998 in Riksgränsen, Sweden when
the seeds of Armada were planted at a small event that reimagined skiing and
changed it forever. Armada co-founders JP Auclair and Chris O’Connell met for
the first time and as OC recalls, “It
was the first time that I saw people do things on skis and I thought I was
looking into the future.” 17 years later, some of the original
athletes at that event were joined at the inaugural JP Memorial by the next
generation of skiers whom they had inspired. They celebrated JP’s legacy with
some friendly Best Backflip Mute, Best Quarter Pipe Hit and Best Quarter
Pipe Straight Air competitions.
Two hundred kilometers north of the
Arctic Circle lies one of the world’s greatest ski cultures. Heli skiing, ski
touring, backcountry kickers, snowmobiling, collective camp living, daylight in
the middle of the night, communal meals and occasionally some blinding
moonshine all contribute to Riksgränsen’s almost mythical atmosphere.
Welcome to the retro epicenter of skiing. Welcome to Riksgränsen.