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#INSPIRELIKEMATILDA

The Foundation

 

We want to inspire and support skiers and entrepreneurs to pursue their passions. We strive to improve gender equality within the sport of skiing, and increase safety on the mountains.

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If you wish to support our work to keep Matilda's inspiration alive, we are grateful for any contributions.

Swish: 1232753374
Bankgiro: 354-5811
Bankkonto: SEB 5255 - 10 513 63
IBAN: SE25 5000 0000 0525 5105 1363
BIC: ESSESESS
Name: Stiftelsen MM Hargin-Rapaport
Address: von Euler & Partners Cardellgatan 1, 114 36 Stockholm

News

October 23, 2019

Safety and inspiration in focus: The MM Rapaport Hargin Foundation 2019/2020

It has now been over 3 years since our Matilda passed in the suites of an avalanche accident in Chile on the 17th of July 2016. The MM Rapaport Hargin Foundation was founded shortly after the accident and has since aimed to push some of the questions Matilda cared most about . During the upcoming season 2019/2020 the foundation will organize a number of events to lift female skiers and increase focus on how to stay safe in the mountains. The MM Rapaport Hargin Foundation works to inspire and support skiers and entrepreneurs in the skiing industry to pursue their dreams and goals. The organization strives to improve equality both within and outside the world of skiing and to increase focus on safety. During this coming season, the foundation is organizing various events to highlight these issues and topics. To make this possible, we have gathered some of the world’s most prominent skiers, mountain safety experts and suppliers of snow safety gear. The events during season 19/20 are the following: Pop Your Airbag 5th of November at Alpingaraget in Stockholm For the third year in a row we are hosting the successful “Pop Your Airbag” event at Sweden’s No.1 ski shop Alpingaraget. Visitors will get the opportunity to test their own avalanche backpacks, update their transceivers and mingle with experts and suppliers in the industry of mountain safety. Alpingaraget is also offering extra good prizes on selected safety products! Everyone is welcome and the registration is done through the link below. popyourairbag.confetti.events Shades of Winter FilmFest 21st of November at Biograf Sture in Stockholm For the second time, Shades of Winter and professional freeskier Sandra Lahnsteiner are coming to Stockholm for this mini-ski festival and we are co-hosting. This year the festival will take place at a bigger cinema to fit even more guests! Sandra own words about the evening: “The #shadesofwinter FilmFest is revealing the power of strong and inspiring female athletes and their work in front of and behind the cameras. This is a great opportunity to get into the right mood for your own adventure and the upcoming winter season, meet the professional athletes and connect with like-minded souls in the community.” Some of the athletes who will be on site to present their films are Nadine Wallner, Lorraine Huber, Hedvig Wessel, Janina Kuzma, Evelina Nilsson and Sandra Lahnsteiner. The tickets were released on the 8th of October at: https://ticketorganizer.at/event/1449-preview?lang=en&preview=1&t=201910071210&fbclid=IwAR2rmSqWBIWP5CW2Xk58ePdU3ssOXZBYJlUjEpkzD9uKF3mfjHGi0uL2_nk NK Safety Weeks the 22nd of November – 7th of December in Stockholm Newly opened NK Sport in Stockholm city is one of Europe’s most modern and most technical sport shops. NK Sport, with support from the MM Rapaport Hargin Foundation, will for two weeks highlight products that are necessary equipment for safe skiing on the mountain. Avalanche backpacks, transceiver, shovel and probe are examples of those products. The campaign weeks are starting off with an “after work” on the 22nd of November in the NK Sport store where the guests will have a chance to try […]
March 15, 2019

City avalanche training

Avalanche training in the middle of the city? Yes, that´s what you just read! Following up on our previous event, the successful Pop your airbag at Alpingaraget in Stockholm where we highlighted the focus of having the right equipment, learning how to use it and the importance of how to update you gear, we created a compressed avalanche training in the middle of the beautiful city of Stockholm. The training took place at the 20-something-seconds-long slope called Hammarbybacken , that also hosts the annual world cup event in dual slalom. We invited 12 women, fairly unexperienced in this area, to participate in this compromised-city event-avalanche training to increase their knowledge about avalanche safety. We did this as we want to inspire more women to educate themselves in this area to create a safer environment in situations on the mountain and of course also inspire to ski more! We asked ourselves if it´s possible to create and accomplish an event such as this in this type of terrain. The answer we got to was, YES, why not? Let´s try it. On March 5th at we met up with the 12 participants and experienced mountain guide Andreas Bengtsson from Mountain Guide Travel in Hammarbybacken and started off the evening with a theory session inside. We got to learn the basics of avalanche terrain, what the mountain can tell us by just looking at it, how to avoid situations where you can end up getting caught by an avalanche and what type of gear to wear while going out on the mountain Participant Linnéa Jonsson explains “I learned how to think in order not to end up in a situation where an avalanche can be triggered. What type of equipment to bring. That it is important that you go with people who you trust that also have good knowledge in the subject.” Back to where we started, The MM Rapaport Hargin Foundation want to increase safety on the mountain and we wanted to host an avalanche course where you can get both a theoretical part and also practice with your equipment. We believe that this part should be done by all freeride skiers every year, a standard procedure before, during and after the season. So, was Hammarbybacken in Stockholm big enough? Did we for example need 50 centimetres of powder to bury our transceiver? Participant and member of the MM Rapaport Hargin Foundation Helena Rapaport explains “The best thing about the education was that it was easily accessible and yet so good and educational! It was my first avalanche training and I learned lots of stuff. Very smooth that on an everyday evening at “home ground” get to learn the basic knowledge of how avalanches and low range work”. Linnea agrees “Very good that the event was held in Stockholm and not in, for example, the Alps / Åre, as it shows how simple and accessible it can actually be to educate yourself in the subject, that you do not have to go […]

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Matilda Rapaport Hargin

 

Matilda was a caring, smart, supportive, determined, daring, passionate, and humble person who inspired many. She was also an extraordinary athlete and entrepreneur - pursuing a career in professional freeride skiing while running her own businesses.

Matilda’s passion for skiing started at the local ski club in Stockholm and she became one of the most talented young ski racers in Sweden. After deciding to follow her passion for freeride skiing she became a highly respected, beloved member of the freeride community. For several years she ranked in the top tier of the Freeride World Tour - winning the world’s hardest freeride competition, the Xtreme Verbier, in 2013 and the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships in 2011 and 2016. Matilda also featured in several acclaimed freeski movies, such as the all-women productions Shades of Winter, Pure, and Between, and wrote for the international Women’s Health magazine.

Even though she loved skiing the most, Matilda also proudly pursued a career off the mountain. By the age of 27, she had graduated from Stockholm School of Economics, managed a hotel in the Swiss Alps for three years, and started two companies within consulting and recruitment. Her ability to follow her passion and at the same time pursue a different path made her unique, and a role model for young women.

Matilda was the most lovable person that you would ever meet - caring deeply for her husband, her family, and her friends. Considering the warm and genuinely kind person she was, it was sometimes hard to imagine how tough she was on the mountain. She was and always will be an inspiration.

Matilda passed away on July 17, 2016, only 30 years old, after she was caught in an avalanche while filming in Chile.

Founders

Mattias Hargin

mattias@rapaporthargin.com


Mattias is a professional skier who has competed with the Swedish National Team on the FIS World Cup for over 10 years. His career highlights include winning the 2015 Classic Hahnenkamm Kitzbuel Slalom, 4 World Cup podiums, 2 Olympic games, and 2 World Championship medals.

Favourite run: Ganslerhang, Kitzbühel

Andrea Rapaport

andrea@rapaporthargin.com


Andrea has long experience working with audit and assurance services at an international firm in Stockholm. Andrea has a M.Sc. from Stockholm School of Business.

Favourite run: Lundsrappet, Åre

Arthur Rapaport

arthur@rapaporthargin.com


Having spent his winters skiing in Whistler and Engelberg, Arthur is now working with digital media in Stockholm. He has a B.Sc. in computer science and a M.Sc. in business strategy from Linköping Institute of Technology.

Favourite run: Laub, Engelberg

Helena Rapaport

helena@rapaporthargin.com


Helena is a promising alpine ski racer who made her FIS World Cup debut in 2015. Her skill in the slope has her labelled the “speed queen”. She is a member of Team Åre 2019.

Favourite run: Störtloppet, Åre

Advisory Board


 

Mervi Keskitalo

mervi@rapaporthargin.com


Mervi is an investment professional with experience in banking and startups. Mervi has a M.Sc. from Stockholm School of Economics.

Favourite run: Storstenshöjden, Örebro

Petter Widén

petter@rapaporthargin.com


Petter is an experienced management consultant who has founded and developed several successful start-ups. Petter has a M.Sc. from Linköping University.

Favourite run: Among narrow trees in Japan and Tänndalen

Henrik Windstedt

henrik@rapaporthargin.com


Henrik has spent 15 years at the top of the freeride skiing scene, with one World Championship and six Nordic Championship titles. Henrik has also starred in major ski film productions and founded What! Camp.

 

Marcus Löwgren

marcus@rapaporthargin.com


Marcus is the global sales manager at Recco with a background in alpine ski racing and business development. Marcus has studied at Stanford University and Stockholm University.

Favourite run: Saltsjöbaden’s Slalombacke, Saltsjöbaden

Anna Kjelldorff

anna@rapaporthargin.com


Anna is an experienced brand consultant with a background in marketing, digital, and retail development. She has a M.Sc. from Stockholm School of Economics, and is based in New York.

Favourite run: Gemsstock, Andermatt

Jesper Stenmark

jesper@rapaporthargin.com


Jesper is an entrepreneur with a background in civil engineering, business development, and alpine ski racing. He has a M.Sc. from Linköping University.

Favourite run: Gaff, Engelberg

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