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NameBenedikte Friis

Position: Service Manager

Experience with skiing: I have limited experience with cross country skiing. I was introduced to it several years ago, and since then, I have enjoyed it once a year, for Easter. After I moved to Norway last year, I purchased my own pair of skies, which I am still trying to master.  

Why did I apply: Visma Ski Classics has intrigued me since I started at Visma - February this year - and I have thought about applying since my first day. I am amazed by the enthusiasm behind the sponsorship and the empowerment of a #VismaActive lifestyle.

I believe that Project Ylläs-Levi offers a unique opportunity to learn cross country skiing in an inspiring and professional environment, while challenge myself both mentally and physically, in a 67 km long race. Something, I believe, I would never master without being part of this project - and this is why I applied.

My expectations: I expect to have a lot of fun but the race to be challenging, hard, and unlike everything else I have ever done before. No matter how the race will turn out, I expect to get the experience of a lifetime, to get to know inspiring people, and to hopefully, look like a Norwegian in the slopes by April ;).

Name: Fredrick Strøm

Position: Senior Consultant

Experience with skiing: I don’t have a lot of experience in cross country skiing. Over the last 12 years I have only skied three times. Before that I went on some smaller trips with my family, but in these trips the focus was fishing, making campfire and eating.

The last time I went cross country skiing was 4 years ago, with colleagues from Visma, and I used my father’s ski. Me and my father have totally different weights, so the wax didn’t hit the snow. This made the uphill hard and it was not a pleasant trip.

Why did I apply: I have never enjoyed skiing, but I think the reason is lack of stamina and ski technique. Project Ylläs Levi was a great opportunity to gain this ski experience and fitness, and hopefully change my mindset of cross country skiing.

I also like to challenge myself, and 67 km sounds like an impossible distance
to ski. However, I think it is possible through this program and individual training. Another motivation for me is to take a winter course in the Norwegian Red Cross. This course consists of cross country skiing in the mountains. The course is already stated, but I got a new chance next year!

My expectations: I expect to develop strength, stamina and skiing technique, and be prepared to ski a distance of 67 km. I’m also looking forward to have a fun experience with new and motivated people. I think this will be one of my highlights in life. 

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