Magnus Graner, aka Skimanguy, is one of the most talented skiers in the industry right now. He may be controversial, in that his skiing style is both loved and hated. But in the style debate, it seems to often be forgotten that he's an X Games Real Ski Gold Medalist and SuperUnknown winner for a very good reason. Of the many talented skiers I've had the privilege of riding with and watching ski in person, he is unquestionably one of the most impressive and surprising to watch. He's also an exemplary professional, always smiling and stoked, a perfect ambassador. Haters gon' hate but Magnus is the real deal. Here's what our members wanted to know about the Skiman.
@little1337 When did you meet Hackel and what's your favorite thing about him?
I first met Hackel in the spring at Mt.Hood in 2014. Kieran McVeigh, who we had been filming within Sweden earlier that year brought Hackel over to our apartment in Govy. I knew of him because I had seen his midget gangster street edit he posted on NS in 2013 maybe?. Kieran had shown Hackel a compilation of my Finess and Less footy and Hackel was more hyped on it than anyone had ever been on my footage. It was a big moment for me! I could see a burning fire of inspiration in his eyes! Love him and I'm super stoked he now lives with us in Sweden!
@GrandThings Who are your favorite skaters?
@sindreplassen Will gangsta Magnus make a return? And who was your biggest inspirations growing up?
Maybe as a skit or something.., Would be dank to make an OD gangsta instacut ;)
Stept and B&E was my biggest insp.
@fredyferl Are you gonna film another street part or you're pretty much over filming street at a "high" level?
Me, myself, and I believe I got some skreet shots coming this fall ;D
@addisontheginger Do u have another job other than skiing?
I do some random jobs in the summer that I get through my parents and their friends. For example: Electrical fishing in rivers and streams to make sure the fish stocks are doing, Vole inventory in the Fjälls, measuring trees, and all sorts of super dank jobs where I get to be out in nature where I love it da most!! I do make most of my money skiing though.
@420ganjaman What’s your favorite movie you’ve made with The Bunch?
@mcswizzle I asked Phil the same question but what qualities do you look for in urban features?
My favorite thing to do in the streets is when I can figure out a new way to ride a classic spot.
@Arthur74170 What's your opinion on Candide?
@SkiHillShiter What happened to the old kits?
Sold em all on @thriftbunch so they are all still around and people are rocking them in slopes across the globe!! Makes me so happy!
@mott Are you planning on transitioning from mainly park skiing towards backcountry?
My passion for swerving the fjälls is growing by the minute, so I can't help myself ;)
@rojo.grande 2014 shot for Less... walk me through the process of hitting the jump thru the tree to downrail. One of the hardest clips ever imo!
I was on a serious flow path, stacking heaters at a rate I had never experienced. My confidence was boosted. I'm always thinking of how I can ride spots differently and I saw the hole and knew I could do it. Sometimes visions are just given to you and you really believe in them, it's hard to explain but it's some serious flow shit, magical mysterious higher frequencies stuff. I got the rail in like 6 tries. I bruised both my shoulders and didn't even realize. I came up on one of my all-time heaters. Good day!!!!
@Obama_care What makes you enjoy swerving so much? Do you ever try to make a trick look simple and clean?
I love simple and clean but that style has gotten over consumed. For me, it takes a whole lot of simple + clean swag to make me raise an eyebrow these days. I like to see people let their inner freak loose!!
@imhackel I have never seen someone that has the same amount of passion to get clipped up as you do. I have seen you be freezing cold to the point you can't feel your feet anymore after running winch for 5 hours straight in the Arctic circle for the homies and then still strap up for the last hour of sun to get a hammer. Any normal person after including myself would not have had the energy/desire/confidence in that moment.
Where does that mentality/energy of always being ready to snap at any given moment come from? How can we learn the ways?
First off, you have the same passion to get clipped up!! Most of the time I'm just stoked to ski the spot, especially after you have stomped an X Games heater right in front of my eyes. Sometime's when I'm not feeling it 100% it's hard to take that initial decision to start skiing. At those moments I like to zoom out and think of the bigger picture, like the part or the movie. As soon as you start skiing you get gassed up and then it's on.