Mikkel Bang

The Only Constant: Mikkel Bang,
From Hemsedal to the World

Weathered from a weekend of racing, riding and partying at Mikkel Bang’s Bang Slalom, Ben Ferguson and I drive south from Hemsedal, Norway. In the back seat is Isak, a lofty character with an icy pair of metallic fronts covering his teeth. Isak’s heading back to his job in Oslo working with troubled inner-city youth. 

Isak and Mikkel have been friends their whole lives. At 16 years old, Mikkel told an interviewer he’d rather ride with Isak than anyone else. By that time Mikkel was already a globetrotting member of snowboarding’s elite. He was winning contests, doing photoshoots, taking endless international flights and running wild with a youthful crew from Tokyo to Zurich, Wanaka to Government Camp. It would have been easy to get caught up in podiums, video parts and contracts—Mikkel won the US Open Slopestyle in 2010 and podiumed at X Games and Air & Style, among other competitive achievements—yet he’s remained humble and passionate about strapping in as much as humanly possible.

As Mikkel moved past competitions to filming marquee video parts with Absinthe Films, he found himself standing atop some of the most harrowing lines in the world. His powerful riding, air awareness and flawless style vaulted him quickly into the upper echelon of powder hounds…

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