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XX Girls Weekend in Hemavan

This weekend XX Freeriders visited Hemavan for XX Girls Weekend.

10 girls from different places in Sweden went to Hemavan to get the chance to ride together and hang out with other girls with the same interests.

Thanks to our guide, who showed us to his secret spots we found beautiful powder and got some awesome days out on our sleds!

Lots of love to all you girls that participated and to our guide, Jonas  – you all made the trip epic!

Big thanks to BRP and Hemavan Fjällcenter who helped us make this trip possible!

We are already looking forward to the next opportunity to get together!

(See more pics in our album, http://xxfreeriders.se/images/)

// Caroline

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Going all in this season – Caroline speaks up’

Hi ladies,

A year has passed and XX Freeride Camp has continued to brighten my days. Besides all the wonderful people we got the opportunity to meet I also had the chance for the first time to visit Riksgränsen. Sweden is incredibly, I’m getting more and more impressed every time I take a look at the pictures (thanks for that opportunity Joakim Kostet that repeatedly set up as a photographer). When the grass began to peek out at home, Riksgränsen offered us powder and sun at the same time!

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And the days in Saxnäs was even better than we dared to guess, all participants were incredibly talented and helpful and XX Freeride Camp is for sure a memory for life. Without all you girls, it would never have been the same successes. And all of the guides and staff at Marsfjäll Mountain Lodge that constantly was helping us and spreading joy – thanks!

This was planned to be a presentation of news for the season and what my expectation are but I felt it was important to give a big thanks to everyone who made last year to the best so far, but we will try to beat it this year, right!?! =)

I have high expectations for the season, and I hope to develop my driving skills and not be afraid about getting stuck or even crashing, I believe that is the fastest way to learn new things. So I just want to go out there and do my thing and hopefully after this season I will be on a higher level than I am right now! =) I might not be the best in my group of riding buddies (since my friends are pretty awesome) but they have all learned it the same way that I’m now trying. So I will do exactly what I want because I want it myself!

Except training to be a better rider I also hope to meet and get a chance to ride together with all of you girls!

Last year I was driving a Lynx Boondocker 3700 that I liked a lot and we got along very well, as always I will miss it! But I’m always ready to try something new so this year I will be driving a Ski-Doo Summit T3 163″. I will be spending my weekends in Hemavan and Saxnäs and my plan is to get as much time on my sled as possible.

Last year I said that ”I have never been more excited for snow than I am this upcoming season!” but, I guess that was bullshit since this year I am checking the snowmap over Sweden every day and trying to find the place with the most snow right now!

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My sled is wrapped and ready to go out riding so If you see me out on the mountain please give me a shootout, I am certainly looking forward to meet you!

Once again thank you for following us and our updates for XX Freeride Camp!

Hope to see you on the snow this winter! =)

Stay tuned!

/Caroline

I would also like to give a big thanks to our amazing sponsors who help us make this possible:

BRP Sweden
SCS Unlimited
RUCO (HMK & Klim)
Lindblads Motor (Ski-doo dealership)
Octane Jane Store
Saxnäsgården
(My wonderful family who puts up with my sled chatter 365 days a year!)

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”Snow-ready” – Steph about the upcoming season

Sled wrapping, getting winter essentials to nail the right outfit, make sure everything’s set for the first ride – we’re all snow-ready. But first – Christmas holiday – and therefore we want to send an extra thought across the sea to our lovely friend and the greatest XX-coach Stephanie Schwartz.

We got a quick chat with her, read below about her plans and ambitions for season 2015;

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Welcome to Sweden again this year on the XX Freeride Camp! How does it feel?
I am SO excited to come back to Sweden and see girls from last year and meet the new ones. The XX Freeride Camp is my highlight of my season, not because it’s a trip to Sweden to snowmobile but because i absolutely love the people I have met and the new ones I will meet. It’s like going ”home” and seeing family. I miss Sweden terribly when I leave. I seem to never have enough time there.

What was the best thing about the Camp last year? 
The people and how everyone made me feel so welcome. The level of riding the girls were at in Sweden was amazing. Such advanced riders and such HEART.

Explain your thoughts about the XX Camp 2015, expectations?
I want to get these girls so excited about snowmobiling and progression in the sport. To see the excitement of the girls makes my heart happy. There is such a difference with the girls attending camp, so willing to learn and excel. XX Camp is second to none and has blown my mind with the interest and excitement.

What sled do you have this season?
I have a 2015 Ski-Doo  Summit 800 T3 163

How do you like it? 
I absolutely love love love this sled. Its almost like cheating to ride it. Makes my days on the snowmobile so much more fun.

What else is coming up during this season?
I have several clinic/camps in Canada and USA this season as well as attending Dealer Rides  in which I travel to locations asked of me to ride with customers and guide them as well. Very busy season this year for me.

Are you going to coach other Camps as well?
Yes I am coaching at a lot of clinics this season. I have new ones in the USA and some in Canada as well as a lot of private clinics (one on one teaching) I could be busy every day during the season coaching if I chose.

Girls clinics have become a huge thing the latest years, could you give us a reason why? 
I think Girl’s clinic/camps have become so popular because of the amount of girls either starting to ride or advancing from trail riding to more technical riding. Girls have need for knowledge and want to learn so they seek out these clinics or camps to help in the process.

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What are you looking forward to teach the girls on XX Freeride Camp 2015?
I am really looking forward to helping the girls gain confidence in their riding skills to excel themselves into another level of riding. I want them to have fun and laugh and learn. Confidence is the biggest benefit of these camps that I could possibly give these ladies. If I can instill this and have these girls be excited to go out and ride and practice then I have done my ”job” and that is what matters the most to me.   

You know that there will be 30 participants in each Camp, is that possible to handle? 
I am excited for this. Yes its a challenge to make sure all girls get enough one on one time with me but I always make it work. I wish we at XX Freeride Camp could have MORE girls at camp but we have to have a smaller number to ensure proper coach to rider time. 

What’s the best thing about sledding, do you think? 
The freedom, the fresh air, the challenge and FUN that sledding gives me is why I do it and intend to for a very long time. Nothing frees my soul more then being on my sled with amazing friends having a great day!

Something else you want to tell the girls before the camp? 
Relax girls and DO NOT worry about the language difference. Take a deep breath and be ready to have an awesome time on and off snow. Sledding is fun and you have to have time on your sled. The more time and practice the better one becomes. I want all the girls attending to leave Camp with new skills and memories as well as a thirst for this sport. And of course I want lots and lots of laughs and smiles.

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Hugs Steph,
In my heaven it snows! <3

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It’s official – XX Freeride Camp 2015

It’s official!

XX Freeride Camp 2015. Let’s do it again!

When? February 10 – 15 in Saxnäs, Vilhelmina. Now, YOU have the opportunity to participate.

For the second year running, Stephanie Schwartz will be travelling to Sweden for coaching and spreading her skills among the attendants at the XX Freeride Camp. If you are interested in backcountry freeriding this is a unique opportunity to develop you skills, participate in awesome days and hang out with friends.

Deep pow sledding, mingle, dinners, giveaways and lots of fun – do not miss the upcoming seasons greatest girl camp!

Read more here

Join in!

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XX Freeride Camp 2015

Girls! It’s getting close to release the XX Freeride Camp 2015!! Can’t describe how excited we are – this year’s event will be outstanding!

Dates, prices and schedules will be presented on Monday, October 20. The registrations opens a week later, so it will be time tothink about whether you should join in or not. But of course you should!! Right? ;)

Stay tuned!

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XX Freeriders at Stora Nolia, Piteå, August 3

The essential Summer moment when you’re like “Let’s go somewhere” – therefore, let the good times roll and make a trip to Piteå – XX Freeriders will guest The Ultimate Playground hosted by BRP at Stora Nolia, August 3. You’ll find us in the Riders Corner among other sledbuddies.

Don’t miss the chance to try out the latest within all BRP segments – sleds on snow!! – make a visit and let the news steal the summer spotlight!

More info; http://www.nolia.se/stora/program/motor-och-sno/

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Photo: Joakim Kostet

/Erika and Caroline

XX Spring Ride – Riksgränsen!

XX Freeriders went to Riksgränsen to have the final ride for the season – and what we discovered blew us away, literally. What an amazing place! XX Spring Ride became a great success. Lots of love to all you girls that participated, to the guides, Johan, Staffan and Rasmus and to the photographer Joakim Kostet – you all made the trip epic!

Big thanks to BRP, Lindblads Motor, Motorbolaget, B. Lundströms Maskinaffär AB and Ruco Nordic who helped us make this trip possible!

We are already looking forward to the next opportunity to get together!

(See more pics in our album, http://xxfreeriders.se/images/)

// Caroline, Erika

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XX Spring Ride

The season isn’t over yet!
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We want to make the most out of the season as possible, therefore we decided to celebrate the last day of April “Valborg” in Riksgränsen, Sweden’s perhaps best known mountain resort!

Valborg = A traditional  holiday in Sweden to celebrate the arrival of spring. Our thought was that there’s no better way to do that, than to be together out in the backcountry.

Are you interesting to ride with us, spending time with other sled betties and having a blast? Then join in!

When: April 30 – May 4

We have reserved accommodation. First come, first served. Send us an e-mail and we figure out details. The hotel is the heart of Riksgränsen, centrally located only 100 metres from the ski lifts and train station, and close to the trails and the backcountry.

Let’s meet there!

/Erika and Caroline

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XX Women’s International Freeride Camp 2014 – a great success!

The professional backcountry freerider Stephanie Schwartz from Revelstoke, Canada, has a far-reaching impact in the world of female snowmobile riders. Spreading her skill and positive, upbeat attitude over the ocean, Schwartz was inspiring girl riders at the XX Women’s International Freeride Camp in Sweden this season.

The XX Freeride Camp is a women’s snowmobile clinic for all female riders out there. The aim was to teach women to progress their skills at snowmobiling in a fun and safe setting – but still take them out of their comfort zone in an easygoing way to encourage women within the world of sledding. For all participants it was a unique opportunity to develop their shredding skills and encourage each other to improve.

–          Basically, the most important thing is that each and every one felt that they advanced to their own ”next level”, said the organizers Erika Lindblad and Caroline Ohlsson.

The clinic was held in Saxnäs located in South Lapland, nearby the town Vilhelmina. Ladies arrived from all parts of Sweden, Norway and even from Switzerland, all of them super pumped for the weekend ahead of them. Arrival evening started with goodie bag give away and a nice dinner together at the Mountain Lodge, followed by two full days out in the backcountry with free lunch. The main focus was pow carving, uphill and downhill turning, tree riding, how to get unstuck and sidehilling. Also, Stephanie spoke a lot about technical tip and avalanche safety.

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Three advice from the coach;

– Relax and breathe, make sure to have the right snowmobile that works for you and your body type, and practice, practice, practice. Give it time and be dedicated just like any other sport. There are going to be challenges – but embrace them and never give up Stephanie stated on her Ski-doo Summit XM.

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The girls really appreciated the relaxed learning atmosphere on the snowmobile; with no pressure what so ever. Watching each other push their limits made many ladies try out stuff they wouldn’t have done by them self – the mountain around Saxnäs definitely became a stunning playground. The mantra throughout the whole event was that sledding is about having fun together, wanting each other to succeed shredding that wicked line or doing that turn – nevertheless enjoy the time on the sled.

Happy hearts between all the stucks, try’s and smiles
The camp was designed in a way that allowed the girls to boost their confidence and refine current skills – and so they did! The difference between the first and second day were just mind-blowing. Day two everyone started out with more confidence and really knew what they wanted to work on. All of a sudden, after doing some backcountry tech talks the girls were all killing it in the deep pow. Everyone showed an amazing courage, learned new skills and improved tenfold!

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Also, the attendants had the possibility to try out 2014 Ski-doo and Lynx models from the deep snow segment – arranged by the local Ski-doo dealership Lindblads Motors and BRP Sweden – and let us tell you, this was a real hit! The girls ended up being so stoked after experienced the Ski-doo Summit XM and Lynx Boondocker, so they ride the BRP products all day.

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Happy and with soar arms after way too much ski-pulling and digging, a hot tub and warm sauna was more than welcome when the riders returned with big smiles on their faces. Afterwards, dinner was arranged and prices was handed-out to “best equipment”, “best try” etc. Also, giving some shout-outs to the guys in the “XX-camp crew” that helped out during the days made the evening epic.

There’s a reason that it’s two X
If you give it a though, you might figure out that the two X in “XX” stands for the female chromosomes. Not surprisingly, there are two spirits behind the event, which means it’s another good reason to put two X in XX Freeriders. The organizers Erika Lindblad and Caroline Ohlsson are both basically grown up on BRP products.

Erika’s family is running a Ski-doo dealership, ‘Lindblads Motor’, established since 1967, and Caroline is working for BRP Sweden, which means that the BRP playground is a natural part of their day-to-day life. A clear pattern is that these girls’ lifes revolve around the snowmobile industry, so they are really doing what they love, for sure. Having people doing what they love always have great outcomes – so did this camp since the attendants were stoked when leaving and many already signed up for next year.

–  We are amazed of all positive feedback received after the event. A huge thank you to all of the powerful girls that rides and to Stephanie who is a wonderful role model within this sport. The three of us were the perfect match to pull this thing together for the first time. Right now our hearts are full of sled-happiness and we can’t wait to do this again next year, Caroline and Erika stated.

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Caroline and Erika

Schwartz and her world of sledding
Stephanie started riding snowmobiles at the age of 5. Being from one of the most popular snowmobile destinations in the world means that she is lucky to have that area as her “backyard”. But, it doesn’t mean that she don’t enjoying to ride in other places, happily she loves to travel and have ridden a lot both in the US and Canada.

Any of those days when the sun is out and blue bird skies and deep snow appears she totally loves being on her Ski-Doo Summit XM. However, in her opinion it’s the people she rides with that makes the day’s epic. A big part of her work life is to helping coach ladies clinics in BC.

–    It’s hard to really put into words the experience and joy of my trip to Sweden for XX Women’s International Freeride Camps. So much to be thankful for and amazing new friends and memories are made. My heart is full and I can’t wait to come back  My cheeks are sore from smiling and laughing soooooooo muchCan’t wait to come back – Stephanie

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More popular than expected
The first thought was one Camp with 12 participants, but, due to growing demands in the market, the organizers decided to include 20 ladies and run two Camps. Camp 1 took place during Wednesday to Friday, Camp 2 during Friday to Sunday. Still, the girls were split up with a maximum of six riders in each group out riding, which gave them the possibility to having one on one time with Steph rather than staying as a whole. They really appreciated it when she came up to and told them what she noticed about their riding and gave advices. This means that the personal needs certainly was center of attention.

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Still, this couldn’t been done without all the ladies that signed up for the clinic, and the support from all sponsors. The main partner backing up the event were BRP Sweden and Lindblads Motor (local dealership, Vilhelmina). Other sponsors; HMK, Ruco Sweden, The Betties, Octane Jane Store, Marsfjall Mountain Lodge and SCS Unlimited.

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The event proved a great success, providing a terrific opportunity to encourage female riders within the world of sledding – with a sparkling BRP atmosphere all around.

Welcome to our new webpage!

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/Erika, Caroline, Stephanie