Street Skiing Moscow
Hello, Tobias Sedlacek here.Â On the 14th of January, parts of The Bunch crew, including myself drove to Moscow, Russia from Sweden. After driving for two days, we were there. The snow wasn’t that much, but there wereÂ spots everywhere. With a crew of 7 skiers including filmer Ante Olofsson we were street skiing Moscow for almost two weeks filming for our upcomming movie “Finito”.
Me, bench hopping
Douglas nose blocking and using the Talismans the right way
We met up with the LSM crew who showed us the way around Moscow, helped us finding spots and showed us some great Russian hospitality. One day we went out to hit a skatepark with the LSM boys but ended up not being able to get through security who guarded the park, if we tried apparently they were going to call the police on us. Instead we headed to another park where we ended up riding in front of the biggest audience we’ve had in the streets, probably around 30 people. Maybe because one of theÂ Russian homies told them our movie would be in the Cinema, but most likely because they aren’t used on seeing people ski street there.
Douglas in front of some Moscow projects
Magnus walking over the ice to get to a spot
We went to a city an hour away from Moscow called Podolsk. Podolsk is an old industrial city and during the Soviet times it was one of the biggest industrial giants in the Moscow oblast, which is the name of region around Moscow. These days, it’s a worn out city with landmarks from the war times. One of the marks is a big abbandon dam, that never got finnished building and nowadays instead houses graffiti artists.
Dora the AK-47 explorer
Me, in the abandoned dam in Podolsk
A game changer for us this year is our winch a.k.a Leonardo Da Winch. A friend of ours built it this fall out of a go-cart engine and it’s pretty darn fast. Unfortunately, Leonardo was struggling a bit with us but overall he helped us out alot. We wouldn’t have been able to hit most of the spots we did without him.
Peyben drives Leonardo accompanied by Skrotin, one of our Russian homies. I can’t count on one hand how many times Peyben and his apprentice Douglas fixed Leonardo
We also went touristing and got to see the famous “Red Square” where the Vasilj Cathedral also is located. The churches and cathedrals in Russia is so sick, having these round shaped roofs with different colours on them. Very nice!
The classic Vasilj Cathedral
A random cathedral/church somewhere in central Moscow
Me, Magnus and Maxi in font of some monument
We got invited to the K-Lab store, only freeski store in Russia to come hang and drink beers with them. Arriving to the spot, our second film “Finess” was showing. We signed a group photo they took of us and had a great time
After two weeks, we headed home. Street skiing Moscow,Â Russia was a great experience and shattered most of the prejudices I’ve had. Everyone treated us great, and wanted to show Moscow in it’s best way. Thanks to everyone, but mostly to Alex of LSM for being a great guide for our trip!
Leaving our block in Moscow
On the ferry on our way home to Sweden