About me

Snowboarding has been a major part of my life for a long time. From the early days of riding icy half pipes in the mid nineties, my path has led me to instructing, coaching, training instructors and developing educational systems, through international freeride competitions and priviledged possibilities to ride on amazing mountains in different parts of Europe, Asia and the Americas. 

After starting as a snowboard instructor at the threshold of adulthood, my curiosity towards understaning learning and teaching soon expanded to a broader academic interest and I found myself studying sport pedagogy at the university. This spark has not dimmed over the years.

At present, I split my time between the endeavor to keep learning more on and about snow around Finnish Lapland and Northern parts of Scandinavia, teaching in high school, instructing in avalanche courses and freeride workshops, and conducting research in the form of PhD studies.

Academic Background

PhD Student, University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences. (Learning and decision-making in avalanche terrain)

M.Sc. in Sport Sciences (Sport Pedagogy), University of Jyväskylä.

Professional background

PE Teacher since 2007

FNASI (Finnish National Association of Snowsport Instructors) Snowboard Trainer (2006-2020)

FNASI National Snowboard Team Coach (2012-2015)

Snowboard Instructor since 1999

Professional Qualification in Sports (LAT) Nature Experience Guide (SantaSport Lapland Sports Institute)

FINLAV Avalanche Instructor (Finnish Avalanche Education)

SVELAV Pro2 Avalanche technician (Finnish Avalanche Education)

ISIA-Card Snowboard Instructor, (+Ski, Telemark, Cross-country) (Finnish National Association of Snowsport Instructors)

NOLS WFA - Wilderness First Aid (National Outdoor Leadership School)

Ski Patrol level 3 (Finnish Ski Area Association)

Kayaking & Canoeing Instructor (Finnish Canoeing and Rowing Federation)

Whitewater Rafting Guide (Finnish Paddling and Rafting Federation)

Ropework Supervisor (Finnish Climbing Association)

Adventure Park Supervisor (Santasport Lapland Sports Institute)