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Monday, July 29, 2013
Behind Real Snow with Andreas Wiig

By Frederik Kalbermatten
XGames.com

When Andreas Wiig upset Shaun White for the Slopestyle gold win at Winter X in 2007 and 2008 the masses finally understood something those of us inside of snowboarding had known for years: Andreas Wiig is amazing. As an integral part of the now-defunct Forum Snowboards team, he was perhaps the manliest fixture in what was one of the better "teams" around.

Wiig eventually moved on from contests to lend some stomp to a few great shred flicks, like "#Forum" and "Vacation," putting his manly stamp on a brand of backcountry riding that is all his own. Interviewed by fellow international Real Snow Backcountry competitor, Fredi Kalbermatten, Mr. Wiig takes us through his season and explains what it was like filming for Real Snow. --Nate Deschenes

Freddi Kalbermatten: How is backcountry snowboarding in Norway?
Andreas Wiig:
Norway has a lot of good backcountry terrain. There is so much terrain that is unexplored, and that makes it even more exciting. The weather is really variable though, but if you're here during a good snow year, you'll have a good time.

Did you get to film there this year?
Yes, I did. I spent the whole month of April filming in Norway. In the first part of April I was filming in Narvik, which is above the Arctic Circle. The backdrops are amazing up there and the mountains are coming straight up from the fjords. It's really unique. I was hitting all kinds of terrain up there -- everything from backcountry booters, to lines to tree riding.

Where did you spend most of your season?
British Columbia. My shoulder was injured in the beginning of the season so I didn't start filming there until February.

Who were you riding with most of the time?
I was riding with different riders the whole season. I'm used to be a part of the same crew the whole season so it was a totally new experience. When I was in Whistler I would sometimes link up with a couple of the local riders. A lot of the days it would just be my filmer, Colin D. Watt, and myself.

It was a little weird riding by myself in the beginning, but I got used to it. I was planning to link up with Torstein Horgmo after he was done with all the contests, but unfortunately he broke his ankle and wasn't able to come out with us.

Will your footage go somewhere else, too, after Real Snow?
I will use some of the footage for my own web series, "Under the Wiig." Besides that, I might save some of it for a video project for next year.

What was your motivation to participate in Real Snow?
It sounded really fun to do something different this year. I'm super stoked on the whole concept, and I like how it's bringing backcountry snowboarding to people's attention. After watching the Real Snow parts last year, I got really exited to be a part of it. It's a great way to expose your riding to people that normally wouldn't watch your video part.

What do you think makes your part in Real Snow different?
Since I spent the last month of the season filming in Norway, I think the scenery in some shots will be a little different.

What is your best trick?
My best trick is a double backside rodeo 1080 from the west coast of Norway. It was actually my last trick on the last backcountry jump so it was a good way to end the season.

What was the biggest challenge of the season?
The biggest challenge for me was to get back in filming mode after being injured in the beginning of the season. I dislocated my right shoulder in October and got a second- to third-degree separation in my left shoulder in December. So it took some time to heal up, regain my confidence and get back to the level where I want to be.

How do you feel about your age in snowboarding?
I don't think too much about my age really. It's all about how you feel and I'm still feeling good!

How is life being married?
Life being married is really good so far. Just came home from the honeymoon in the Maldives and I was able to find some really good waves there.

What are your plans for the future?
I'm a part owner in AWSM and I'm planning to get even more involved in business side of the company when I get more time on my hands. After some more years of snowboarding I'm planning to slow down a little bit and not travel as much.