Sven Brunso is the typical ski story. Kid grows up in Huntington Beach, California as a beach bum, goes to college at The University of Arizona and goes on to a career as a prolific Freeskier. Ok the story isn't normal but it is true.
Sven attended Fort Lewis in Durango, Colorado his freshman year and became obsessed with skiing. His educational needs took him to Tucson to attend the U of A but Sven still managed to ski 60 days a season those 3 years. With school finished, Sven moved back to Durango to fulfill his passion. In the first full year back in Colorado, Sven logged an amazing 277 ski days. Sven quickly grew bored with lift-served terrain and headed for the backcountry to lay tracks on a blank canvas. After watching Greg Stump's "The Blizzard of Ahhâ€™s." Sven decided a career, as a pro skier seemed like a logical endeavor. His father gave him the advice to give it a go while he had the chance or he would always regret the missed opportunity.
More than 3,000 ski days later, Sven is one of the most published skiers in the business. With more than 2,000 published images, including 50 covers worldwide, Sven has appeared on just about every glossy piece of "Snow Porn" available on the global newsstand. Sven has found a niche sharing his time between photo shoots, and testing product for sponsors. "My ability to live this dream is a combination of hard work, a good education, some luck, and the support of great sponsors." says Sven. Sven works with the best shooters in the business including Grant Gunderson, Henry Georgi, Scott DW Smith, and Martin Soderqvist.
Sven's fortunes have changed during his 20+ years in the game."In the beginning, I had to beg to get into a photo shoot. If I wanted to go anywhere I had to get there on my own dime and ask photographers to take me on the shoot." Brunso now has the luxury of sorting through offers to go around the globe to various exotic locales. A glance through his passport shows ski trips to Iceland, Japan, Norway, The Republic of Georgia, Switzerland, Austria, Chile, France, Argentina and Italy. â€œAt this stage, I am looking to travel to places that have the potential for epic skiing, but also places with great culture.â€ says Brunso, â€œYou may get skunked on snow, but rich culture can make any trip a success.â€
"Sometimes hiking for up to 10 hours a day for photo/film projects starts to feel like a lot of work, but the end result is always worth the effort." says Sven, "I never get much sympathy so I don't complain much, besides my office always has a great view." When asked about his favorite places to ski Brunso replies, "I love the Alps. This ski culture is amazing, the topography incredible and the cuisine is simply the best. I also love skiing in the Andes. There is something magical about skiing powder in August when things are sweltering back home".
Sven credits legend Glen Plake with helping to jumpstart his career. "I met Glen in 1990 at a ski show and I asked him if I could come to ski with him in Lake Tahoe. He didn't know me from Adam, but invited me out anyway and took me skiing at Kirkwood. His passion for the sport was infectious and he helped me get my foot in the door with some of the same sponsors I still have today.
I have been fortunate enough to be skiing with Leki poles since 1992. Leki poles are simply unrivaled for function and dependability. I often find myself in precarious situations while on skis and gear failure is not an option. I need performance from my gear and Leki has always delivered.