When it comes to talking about the best job ever, Nitro Team Manager Knut Eliassen might just be a contender. Unlike most TMs, whose lives seem to revolve around a small orbit of desks and contests: at desks, they book their team’s flights and hotels, and re-book their missed flights; at contests, they’re either taking their rider’s podium photo… or taking them to hospital.
Not so with Mr Eliassen. Knut’s job seems to consist of thinking up fantasy destinations to send his team… and then to go with them. Zero pressure to pull a double cork on a sketchy spot, maximum authority to call first dibs on a powder line: “Guys, I need you to wait here until I’ve checked the snow integrity, OK?”
So when we asked the guy with the best job ever to tell us about his Best Trip Ever, we knew it would be a good one: Knut has been around, including a dream trip to Gulmarg, India last year. But Knut chose his most recent trip, to Norway’s Lofoten Islands, way up inside the Arctic Circle. Why?
“There is nothing more magical than being able to splitboard up and down and around the mountains from sunrise to sunset, which in Lofoten is from 2am to 1am (23 hours). It doesn’t hurt that you are always surrounded by a 360 degree view of the fjords and ocean!”
Check back Wednesday, 4 November, here on RedBull.com/Snow for the video edit of this amazing trip!