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Winning the Big Mountain day at the Free Ski Open New Zealand. This was because it was on home turf in front of family and friends.
Date of birth
Wanaka, New Zealand
Mountain Biking and coming up with new ideas.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt 26th president of US (1858 - 1919)
Acland is a multifaceted skier that grew up skiing but with no competition background until leaving school. He then quickly became one of the leading skiers in the infancy of the park and pipe movement in New Zealand. It was in Big Mountain competitions that he would truly dominate in his homeland and internationally breaking through in Europe in 2002 with multiple podiums and going on to rank 5th on the World Tour in 2005.
Acland is respected as skier but also for what he does off snow. He organized the inaugural Free Ski Open New Zealand in 2005, took over the publishing and editorial reigns of New Zealand Skier Magazine in 2008 well continuing to ski professionally. In 2009 he launched his lasted venture Mons Royale; a merino underwear and firstlayer brand. Which by 2011 had expanded quickly into over 300 stores across the globe and onto some of the worlds best action sports athletes.
What is your favorite ski in the Collection?
Why do you like this ski?
I now travel as much on business as skiing. I can’t take two pairs of skis, but the Shiro is now my go to ski.
What conditions do you use this ski for?
Of course powder, but it’s the new gotama for me
What other skis in the collection do you ride?
The Kuro for the bigger days.
What about bindings? What bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
The Duke for touring days
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
10 at the start of the season, if I am skiing heavier lines I would crank it up once ski fit and stronger.
Favorite skier: JP Auclair, Sean Pettit, Jossi Wells
Ski hero growing up: My brother
Home mountain: Treble Cone New Zealand
Ideal day in the mountains: Skiing deep powder with close friends or skiing big lines.
How would you describe your style: Fast and fluid
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career. Placing 3rd in the Red Bull Snowthrill of Chamonix in 2002, it was my first major comp and put me on the map.
Favorite place to ride: St Anton Best snow trip: Two years ago skiing deep powder with my brother in St Anton before the craziness of ISPO
What cant you live without: Family and Friends
Goals and plans: Ski more and work less.