On February 7-9, 2019, you can see the world-elite of speed skiers throwing themselves out Scandinavias steepest prepared piste Chocken(The shock). In Speedski, the point is to go as fast as possible. The skiers use custom-made suits that are so tight that one needs help to put them on. The skis used are 238 cm long. The helmet and the rest of the equipment are built to give as little air resistance as possible.
The World Record of Speedski is held on the women's side by Valentina Greggio from Italy who skied 247,083 km/h in the French town of Vars in March 26th, 2016. On the mens side the record is 254,958 km/h and was made on the same day by Italian skier Ivan Origone.
Team leader Daniel Andersson has set the Swedish national team for the season. This year's national team consists of three routine riders and a newcomer: Jonathan Brunnberg from Idre. Jonathan and Mats Abrahamsson make up the men's team and on the side of the women Lisa Hovland Uden and Hanna Matslofva competes for Sweden. The Swedish record is 248 km/h and is held by Christian Jansson.
The Speedski national arena in Sweden is Idre Fjälls and also the Nordic region's steepest hill, Chocken(the shock). This year the home competitions for the Swedish Speedski riders are first on the agenda. Following the races in Idre, the voyage continues to Finland. Chocken has a piste-record of more than 180 km/h! It was set by home skier Chistian Jansson 2017.
Visitors by the car get to Chocken from the car park by following the cross country ski trail north for 15 minutes.