- There is nothing like it in Sweden. It's so much fun and I can say that it is the competition that has the biggest audience throughout the season. Not even SM can match it, says Ida Sivander.
Scandinavia's best skiing on your doorstep
Ida Sivander, originally from Falkenberg, developed a passion for skiing at a young age due to her family's cottage in Vemdalen.
- I have always said I want to stay to the north and in the proximity of Scandinavia's best skiing. It was a deciding factor in my choice of schools. Having access to skiing outside your door is a luxury that doesn't exist anywhere else in Sweden, says Ida.
Despite an extensive track record and many years on the slopes she is still nervous when it comes time to go down the jump ramp.
- I'm always a bit scared before and have actually developed a certain fear of heights over the years. I just need to visualize the ramp and block out any negative thoughts because once you've performed the jump, there is no better feeling in the world.
Told "no" by doctors
Freeskiing, as the sport is called, is very tough and Ida Sivander has had many bangs and bruises over the years. After her fourth surgery on her knees, her doctors said that continuing to ski was out of the question.
- Then I found a fantastic physiotherapist who helped me with my rehabilitation. I decided there and then that I also wanted to help people in difficult situations, says Ida Sivander now nearing the end of their training.
- I have enjoyed working fantastically well with both studies and student life. Of course, there are intensive study periods. Thanks to the university's location, many students have moved a long way from home and skiing helps create community in the class. I think that's unique compared to other study locations.