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The Mont Blanc Massive The Mont Blanc Massive is the ultimate paradise for passionate climbers and skiers. The birthplace of modern Alpinism continues to attract a dedicated bunch of people intent on enjoying the challenges the diverse terrain and conditions offer. Rising to its majestic peak of 4810 metres the mountain range boasts not only Europe’s highest mountain but also some of the most famous Alpine peaks and descents. As the eye gazes out at the various peaks it is sometimes easy to forget that three different countries sit at the foot of these mountains. These three neighbours converge close to the summit of Mont Dolent, making this the centre of the Mont Blanc Massive. A summit with one face in each country. The high mountains and glaciers are definitely reserved for the experienced. By all means, enjoy this breathtaking environment, but be sure to use the services of a professional local guide. Not only is the right equipment required, but knowledge of the risks and dangers is a pre-requisite too. Not to mention a healthy addiction to adrenaline! Lower down the terrain is great for hiking with groomed pistes, cross country skiing, as well as parks for the youngsters and jibbers available all around the Massive, while the towns, villages and resorts that dot the landscape cater for all sorts of levels and abilities all adding their individual charm. Not to mention the great food and drink!


RACHEL: MELBA JKT, HOPE PANTS. DANI: JAKE JKT, BRAVE PANTS. SOFIA: ELIZA JKT, ZINDY PANTS. OLOF: BLIZZ JKT, BOLT PANTS.


SOFIA HANSSON Ever since Sofia Hansson was a little girl growing up in Helsingborg she was fascinated by the mountains. Encouraged by her father to pursue her dreams, Sofia has been doing just that since 1994 skiing, climbing, undertaking numerous expeditions and enjoying the mountains on a daily basis. Now lucky enough to call Chamonix home, she is considered one of the locals. You might recognize her as a tall Swedish city girl – always smiling; gracious and feminine - but watch out, there’s more to her than meets the eye. Whether she is hanging off a cliff, running up trails or skiing down a mountain most of us would have a hard time keeping up with her.

SOFIA: ELIZA JKT, ZINDY PANTS.


From Chamonix to Swiss Vallais The Mont Blanc Massive is the ultimate paradise for passionate climbers and skiers. The birthplace of modern Alpinism continues to attract a dedicated bunch of people intent on enjoying the challenges the diverse terrain and conditions offer. As the eye gazes out over the magnificent landscape at the various peaks it is sometimes easy to forget that three different countries sit at the foot of these mountains. These three neighbours converge close to the summit of Mont Dolent, making this the centre of the Mont Blanc Massive. A summit with one face in each country. The high mountains and glaciers are definitely reserved for the experienced. By all means, enjoy this breathtaking environment, but be sure to use the services of a professional local guide. Not only is the right equipment required, but knowledge of the risks and dangers is a pre-requisite too. Not to mention a healthy addiction to adrenaline! Lower down the terrain is great for hiking with groomed pistes, cross country skiing, as well as parks for the youngsters and jibbers available all around the Massive, while the towns, villages and resorts that dot the landscape cater for all sorts of levels and abilities all adding their individual charm. Not to mention the great food and drink! By heading up the valley from Chamonix, you’re entering a world of myth and legend. Once you’ve enjoyed the sunny side of the Chamonix valley; not to mention skied some of the steepest and deepest that Europe has to offer at the Grands Montets in Argentière, it might be hard to move on from such splendour – but take it from us, it’ll be worth it.


RACHEL: MELBA JKT, HOPE PANTS. DANI: JAKE JKT, BRAVE PANTS.


OLOF HULT Olof Hult found his love at the foot of Mont Blanc, not just his girlfriend but a place to ride downhill all year around. When the ski season ends, the downhill bike takes over. A bike trip with the boys is hard to beat and some of his favourite excursions are Megève and Porte de Soleil in France, as well as Pila in the Aosta valley in Italy. Olof puts it pretty well himself, “It’s easy to appreciate and stay once you’ve experienced the good life in these valleys, but of course the call of the sea brings me back home to the Swedish west coast once in a while”.

OLOF: NYX HOODIE, IGGY PANTS.


The first stop is Vallorcine and a chance to see how Chamonix may have looked 50 years ago – the same majestic views and breathtaking peaks, but you’ve as much chance as bumping into a cow or his farmer as you have a ski bum! And what’s more the lifts are linked to Le Tour from where you can ski some of the least crowded slopes of the whole valley. And they’re not all as mellow as the tour guides say; take le Nant Noir for example, an epic off piste run that leads you all the way to the Swiss village of Trient. With the help of the local bus (which will take you back across the border to Vallorcine) you could do a couple of loops and avoid the tourist crowd! On with the trip into Switzerland and as the road winds past picturesque villages and alpine pastures, the Col de la Forclaz is a great place to stop for some of that famous Swiss chocolate. Travellers have been using this as a resting point for centuries and as you take in the panoramic views you’ll soon see why. From here the road is a series of dizzying switchbacks all the way down to Martigny, where vineyards and an almost Mediterranean climate will make you think you’re a lot further south than you really are. Stop here if art galleries are your bag too. With just a quick detour from the ‘Tour de Mont Blanc’ route you’ll find yourself in Verbier – like Chamonix it’s a resort where Extreme is the name of the game. But where you can experience the glitz and the glamour you’d expect from one of Europe’s finest winter destinations. If you’re looking for something small and mellow however, then try one of the Vallais resorts nearby such as Champex or La Fouly in the Swiss Val Ferret which offer the same charming surroundings without the razzmatazz, as well as some excellent cross country skiing. Not to mention some more of that famous chocolate!


LEO: HEAT OVERALL.


LUKAS: SNOWFALL JKT, WAVE BEANIE.


WE ARE PROUD SPONSORS! OF THE SWEDISH SKI CROSS AND FREESTYLE MOGULS TEAMS! These skiers are at the top of their game and they live and breathe skiing – therefore they require equipment and clothing that allows them to perform to their absolute best. By helping meet their high demands we are confident that we can deliver to you with the same level of expertise and passion. “We are very happy to be a part of Tenson’s exciting development, my hope is that together with Tenson we are able to challenge the way people look upon competitive skiing. To be able to achieve our goal of being the leader in the development of our sport Tenson is one of our most important partners, its imperative to us that we are sure that we are fast on the course and warm off it.” says Tommy Eliasson Head Coach of the Ski Cross team. Look out for these athletes in their Tenson gear aiming for Gold during the next World Championships and Olympic Games!

SKI CROSS Ski Cross is an exciting, action packed and highly physical sport with 4-6 skiers racing against each other on a twisting and turning course, it is a sport that demands a challenging blend lot of technical skiing ability and hardcore racing tactics. Ski Cross has grown dramatically in popularity since becoming an Olympic discipline in 2006 and the Swedish team is among the world leaders. Current team members include household names, Anna Holmlund and Lars Lewén.

Anna is a World Cup winner and our biggest hope for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Despite being beset by injuries recently, Anna is eager to get back down to business and is looking forward to this season’s races and training. Those who know her well are confident that she can get back to her racing best as winter progresses. Lars is a veteran of 10 years standing and has several World Cup wins and X-Games gold medals to his name. He is confident that he can add to these past accolades and his mixture of experience and determination is sure to hold him in good stead for this season. Fellow team members, Junior World Champion John Eklund and his fellow rookie Victor Öhling Norberg are both names to watch out for in the future too.

FREESTYLE MOGULS Freestyle Mogul skiing is a mixture of skiing and acrobatics undertaken at high speeds. Competitors race against each other and the clock. As well as skilffuly negotiating the mogul course, skiers perform aerial and acrobactic tricks – usually two tricks per run. The Swedish Mogul team has recently undertaken a sea change with many younger skiers coming through the ranks to challenge for places. The current team is led by veteran Per Spett who has already experienced World Cup and Winter Olympic competition. He’s confident that his experience will see him and his team mates through this season’s competition and into the next. Meanwhile, Jens Lauritz, Ludvig Fjällström and Fredrik Säterberg are amongst the up and coming rookies who have already proved their worth by picking up podium finishes at the Junior World Championships. The team are currently in training for the World Championships and have their sights set on the Winter Olympic Games which will be held in South Korea in 2018.


ALICE: AMY JKT.


Travel down the valley and you’ll find charming resorts with the same magnificent views and dazzling surroundings. Home to the Kandahar downhill race (part of the World Cup Series), Les Houches offers a great alternative if the weather is bad further up the valley, and it’s great for kids too. Megève, meanwhile, is another great place to see and be seen – witness European royalty mixing it up with old fashioned French ski instructors – with fabulous gourmet restaurants right next to the slopes. A little bit further down (and up!) the road but well worth the visit, Les Contamines is a great mellow ‘secret spot’ where untracked powder runs last for days after a snowfall. Although Europe’s highest mountain divides them, Courmayeur is like Chamonix’s Italian cousin and one of Italy’s finest resorts with unparalleled views of Monte Bianco. Nestled betwixt glaciers and pine forests, this cosy mountain village has been a destination for tourists since the 16th century, with narrow cobbled streets offering an enticing mix of boutiques selling both fashion and local produce, as well as great bars and restaurants. The skiing is varied too; exposed, challenging runs for the experienced skier, as well as more relaxed pistes with easy access to nice terraced restaurants – ideal to stop for lunch or just a cappuccino - around every corner. Courmayeur is popular as a weekend resort for the natives of Milan and Turin – giving the place an extra cosmopolitan feel and ensuring the resort is a vibrant mix of locals and tourists as well as a few extreme skiers! Finally, if you’re looking for a further helping of Italian history and culture, you’ll not be disappointed if you travel a little further to the old Roman town of Aosta, with much of its ancient architecture still standing today. The town and its surrounding valley are a great place to discover Roman ruins and host a number of excellent festivals throughout the year. All that remains now is to head back to Chamonix and enjoy a few more classic runs and a Fondue Savoyarde!


FREDRIK: HIMALAYA JKT.


ALICE: VALLEY JKT.


From Chamonix to Aosta valley Not only is the town of Chamonix blessed with breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and some of the best skiing in the world; it is also part of a landscape that has attracted visitors for generations. Rising to its majestic peak of 4810 metres the Mont Blanc Massive boasts not only Europe’s highest mountain but also some of the most famous Alpine peaks and descents. Often during the winter months, the high mountains can divide the clouds. A big snowfall from the north can mean that you’ll be powder skiing in the French and Swiss valleys, whilst others are languishing under a clear blue sky just a half hour away on the Italian side. Although the area borders three countries, it is almost a country in its own right. Three different towns (in three different valleys, in three different countries) create a triangle of friendship – a symbol of connectivity that goes beyond national borders. These valleys share not only a lifestyle, but also a language. A local dialect that was once the official language, it is still one of the strongest threads that unite the communities that surround the Mont Blanc Massive. Whilst the classic Haute Montange routes are accessible only in winter, the walking route that links the communities is open for more than half the year. The Tour de Mont Blanc is rightly considered one of the classic Grand Routes and attracts walkers and mountain bikers. The loop around the Massive entails a rugged 170km trek and takes 7-10 days in foot, whilst the bikers can make it round in five. The Chamonix valley is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area; they say if you’re bored of Chamonix then you’re bored of life – but look a little further and you’ll discover a lot more.


FREDRIK: ROCKY VEST.


RACHEL: MAPLE JKT.


ALICE: KARRI JKT.


OLOF: ASPEN JKT, DOSSIE PANTS, MOOSE GLOVE, KITSU BEANIE RACHEL: ICHA JKT, DOSSIE PANTS, ELK MITTEN.


The Mont Blanc Massive The Mont Blanc Massive is the ultimate paradise for passionate climbers and skiers. The birthplace of modern Alpinism continues to attract a dedicated bunch of people intent on enjoying the challenges the diverse terrain and conditions offer. Rising to its majestic peak of 4810 metres the mountain range boasts not only Europe’s highest mountain but also some of the most famous Alpine peaks and descents. As the eye gazes out at the various peaks it is sometimes easy to forget that three different countries sit at the foot of these mountains. These three neighbours converge close to the summit of Mont Dolent, making this the centre of the Mont Blanc Massive. A summit with one face in each country. The high mountains and glaciers are definitely reserved for the experienced. By all means, enjoy this breathtaking environment, but be sure to use the services of a professional local guide. Not only is the right equipment required, but knowledge of the risks and dangers is a pre-requisite too. Not to mention a healthy addiction to adrenaline! Lower down the terrain is great for hiking with groomed pistes, cross country skiing, as well as parks for the youngsters and jibbers available all around the Massive, while the towns, villages and resorts that dot the landscape cater for all sorts of levels and abilities all adding their individual charm. Not to mention the great food and drink!


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CONTACT INFORMATION: AUSTRIA 0800-5600966

HOLLAND +31204061142

BELGIUM +3292827022

ITALY +393487090596 +390323864830

DENMARK +4533122411 FINLAND +358400424224 FRANCE +33155048680 GERMANY 0800-5600966 WWW.TENSON.COM

SLOVENIA +38641660349 SWEDEN +4631688300 UKRAINE +380637652940


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