First of all, we would like to aim a big thank you to all the great people that made it possible for us to start the MM Rapaport Hargin Foundation in memory of our loved Matilda. Our friends, family, and all the people out there that have donated and support the foundation, THANK YOU! Our first initiative as a foundation was to send two motivated women to Shades of Winter’s Freeride Camp in Engelberg, and we are so happy we did! The camp was filled with safety awareness, inspiration, and a whole lot of skiing. Back from the camp, we took to opportunity to ask our MM Rapaport Hargin participants, Emilia and Nicky, and the founder of the camp Sandra Lahnsteiner about their experience: Hi Sandra! We understand that the camp was a success! Please describe it from your perspective. The camp was simply amazing! 15 girls from 8 nations: Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, UK, Andorra, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland The lack of snow was no problem at all, we rocked the snow, the girls were super motivated and ready for the new challenges, we skied the couloir in Steinfeld multiple times, jumped any rock between 30cm and 1m in there, skied lookers left of the glacier T-Bar, and had a safety session every day: Day 1: Basics about beacon, shovel, probe as well as avi reports, local information, daily routines and approaches, beacon checks and confidence in leading on and requesting your riding buddies to know at least as much as they learned Day 2: Full afternoon spent with beacon search, probing, shovelling and decision making. Day 3: RECCO & airbags along with tons of questions All girls told us they feel confident to share their new knowledge for backcountry safety and also, as they now know how to use the equipment, feel confident in making calls and requesting the same from the others they ski with. The group was amazing – so many interesting characters, tons of “WOW”-background stories and a spirit and love that was touchable. Matilda was present every minute. We talked a lot about her, shared memories, answered questions. The inspiration was all over. Emilia and Nicky please briefly describe your experience of the camp. E: A friendly, fun and forgiving environment for pushing ski technique and knowledge about avalanche safety further. The hotel, dinners and activities are bonus topping. N: In 4 words: It was a blast! What were the highlights? E: Of course skiing! The coaches gives you feedback, are positive, hard rocking and cheering. When you see how they perform, tackles bumps, cliffs or tricky parts it is much easier to imitate and try yourself. N: I felt a big connection with this shades of winter camp. It is really special to ski with female pro athletes! It was nice to hear all the stories from the girls attending. And yes you could feel some emotions going on. Because of Matilda. Being in Engelberg and missing her. She definitely was a connection. How […]
We’ve been overwhelmed by all of the wonderful applications to our two spots at Shades of Winter’s freeride camp in Engelberg. Thank you so much, everyone who applied! After reviewing all the applications, we’re happy to announce that MM Rapaport Hargin will give Emilia and Nicky the chance to develop their skiing, safety awareness and get inspired by the Shades of Winter crew in Engelberg. This photo of smiling skiers is from last years camp!
Earlier this week we had the pleasure of auctioning three wonderful prints of Matilda. The participation in the auction was great and we are so grateful for all generous bids! The revenues from the auctions will go directly to the foundation. See more info on our Facebook page. Thanks to Mattias Fredriksson, Oskar Enander and Mattias Hargin for the help with the photos as well.