Putin’s Dream: A Russian St Moritz

Published - Ski+Board November 2006
A brilliant despatch from Andreas Hofer in Moscow.

IN DECEMBER 1979, Soviet tanks rolled into Afghanistan and the world was shocked. Freedom fighters in ethnic garb, trained by the US, became our heroes (how difficult to imagine today) and the US administration under Carter tried to mobilise for a worldwide boycott of the 1980 Summer
Olympics in Moscow.

The British Olympic Association, to the dismay of the UK government, voted by a large majority to send the athletes to Moscow regardless (only the hockey team decided to stay at home): “We believe sport should be a bridge, not a destroyer” ...Read more

 

 
Skiing the Twilightzone

Published - Ski+Board January 2006

Andreas Hofer discovers that heli-skiing is not always a luxury item.

Mellow glacier pillows, and jaw-like cliffs, which you take almost in
free-fall, narrow gullies and free-flowing slush, menacing crevasses and

endless powder drifts, with snow up to your chin. No streets, no houses,no human beings for miles and miles as far as you can see. And youdance down the glittering white, effortlessly, eternally, addicted foreverto the mountains ‘growing out of the Ocean’ beneath you. ...Read more

 

 
Arctic Turns

Published - Ski+Board November 2005
'Heliskiing in Greenland'
Fresh from his adventures in Alaska, Ski and Board’s heliskiing fanatic Andreas Hofer finds himself making tracks on another challenging frozen canvas. This time it’s Greenland.

MANY YEARS AGO on a flight to Vancouver (following my passion for what else but heli-skiing), I remember looking down from my window seat and seeing Greenland for the first time. A vast expanse of ice, endless, seemingly uninhabitable, and bright, almost fluorescent, it looked like a
useless extension of the North American continent. Little did I know that this fossil glacier was politically a part of Denmark, and was actually inhabited by Europe’s last true aborigines – the Greenland Inuit, bone age people, who survived the adversities of this cold paradise for the last few thousand years by hunting whale, seal, reindeer and musk ox. ...Read more

 
Pirates of the Tarentaise

Published - Condé Nast Traveller October 2005
Photographer -
Martin Morrell
Morris pub, Val d’ Isere, 1h15 am: “I love your Dragon,” the boy said to the petite blonde, drawing a circle at her lower back where a menacing creature was crawling out of her laced panties. He was swaying backwards and forwards, as he was fighting the gale of a few shots too many drifting him mercilessly ashore.
“Do you want me to show you my dolphin and my Pegasus as well?” she asked, her eyes drowned with bliss. Without waiting for his answer she pulled down her waistband and briefs to give him a better look at her exotic creatures. ...Read more

 

 
Breaking the Ice

Published -  Condé Nast Traveller September 2005
Antarctica - A once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the seventh continent brings Andreas Hofer and his teenage daughter close together  
“Look over there, Can you see them?” Captain Nesterov stood, legs apart, at the helm of the icebreaker. He put his binoculars down and pointed port side, where two black cones were just visible through wads of fog and steady snowfall. For a few seconds the fog lifted, and their identical, perfectly round tips perked up from soft, snowy mounds. “You know what we call them?” asked Nesterov after they had disappeared once again behind discreet, misty veils. ‘My Girl’s Titties’. They say it was a joung sailor who came up with the name. Most have been pretty lovesick, don’t you agree?” 
Outside, the decks were coated with a thin, glassy layer of ice. We were gliding slowly, the vessel’s ...Read more

 
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