15. Februar 2019

Powder Express - a ski-rail-trip from Sweden to Switzerland

Last year, me and some friends wanted to try out a different way of travelling to the Alps, without having to go by air plane or spending thousands of miles behind the wheel. We decided to take the train from Sweden to Switzerland. In a period of 10 days, our plan was to travel from Stockholm to Zürich, and then stop by 3 different ski resorts before heading back to Sweden. Like a classic road trip, but travelling by train instead.
The idea behind «Powder Express»

The idea of train tripping in the Alps has been with me for quite some time now. The railway system in the Alps is just great, with easy accessible train stations in almost every village. This opens up great opportunities to go between your favorite resorts or just follow the snow to wherever conditions are best at the moment. In recent years, I have also been thinking differently about the way I travel. As a skier, I see the glaciers getting smaller and other impacts of a changed climate. I’ve gotten more aware that my journeys flying to these glaciers, actually take part in causing their destruction. 

When I started planning this trip, I wanted to try travelling also to the Alps by train. The more I looked into it, the night train through Europe just seemed better and better. With a good nights sleep on the train, higher comfort and a greater feeling of freedom, it seemed to be an even better travel experience than my regular flights. And it was! We left Stockholm in the morning, had lunch in Copenhagen, went to sleep on the night train in Hamburg and woke up the next day in Zürich HB. From there, we went straight up to Lenzerheide and skied powder the very same day

When addressing the climate issue, many people tend to focus negatively. In order to reduce our co2 emissions, we should fly less. Meaning we should also travel less. Instead of focusing on the limitations, this film is about looking at possibilities. If we leave out the flight, can we still make the trip we want? Or can we perhaps make it an even better trip, and find an even better travel experience? 

I believe in positive thinking. Trying to find other solutions, testing new ways and to do more instead of doing less. Development always includes shaking up our routines. That’s a good thing. I travel to experience new things. Why should I then travel in the exact same way that I always have? All changes are not improvements, but all improvements have been changes. 

During the fall the movie «Powder Express» have been presented at the «Untracked Film Tour», a ski film festival travelling between cinemas at 5 different cities and 3 ski resorts around Sweden. It has been received very well by the Swedish audience, and it has been a pleasure to receive so much positive feedback from spectators around the country.

Producer: Peter Nilsson
Film & edit: Erik Nylander
Photo & drone: Martin Wichardt
Skiing: Emelie Eriksson, Olle Regnér, Peter Nilsson

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Peter Nilsson
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Peter Nilsson. Passionate skier living in Järvsö, Sweden, but really like to spend time in the Swiss Alps. When not skiing, I produce ski media and work with a resort development project at my home mountain. In summer, I love to go riding mountainbike!
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