Ibex Tactix at Pyeongchang

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18. Dec, 2018 Written by: Elan
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Aleš Fevžer is one of the pioneers of sports photography in Slovenia. He was one of the first photographers to publish posed photos of Slovenian sports stars. He is also the only Slovenian photographer to work at all the Summer and Winter Olympics since Slovenia became an independent country, not to mention his participation at innumerable other sports events, world cup races, world championships and major tennis tournaments. In short, Aleš is an old school master of his craft. His fiftieth birthday has come and gone, but Aleš keeps in excellent shape. In his dynamic profession, it is absolutely necessary because any laziness or extra kilogram makes the work much harder.

When searching for that extra edge, Aleš invented another use for the Elan Ibex Tactix folding ski that was initially aimed at ski mountaineers and the military. He travelled to the Pyeongchang Games with a pair of foldable Elans that made his work easier in all respects. “Skiing is one of my favorite sports activities, but skis are also part of my work equipment. I often work at ski competitions that are very demanding in terms of logistics. Photographers carry over 20 kilos of gear on our backs when we are working and if you add ski equipment, it makes for a tough day,” explains Aleš. “I still remember the Albertville Games in 1992. Back then, we used the old two-meter straight skis, which were heavy and unwieldy, and we wore classic ski boots that were deadly on the steep sections and very uncomfortable after long hours on the slopes and in the press center. I came up with my own solution for the problem. I took a pair of short children’s competition skis and put on touring bindings so I could use touring boots. It was much better, but not perfect. The skis were no good on steep and icy slopes that we need to get to for the best shots at major races.”

“Elan Ibex Tactix folding ski is at home in all conditions. Their ability to fold down made my job much easier.”

The Ibex Tactix skis presented an instant solution. “These skis are the perfect combination of usability and performance. They are stable and grip very well on ice. It is amazing just how well the edges hold on a ski that is made to fold in the middle. The skis also allow me to move up the track unlike my colleagues and that makes all the difference when searching for the perfect location. But most of all it’s the light weight that does wonders. After the work is done, you can simply fold them and take the bus. They are also very useful for flying as they fit into a normal travel case.” The legendary Slovenian photographer also reported some envious glances. “Nobody noticed anything special while I was using them. But when I took them off and folded them, people were very impressed. I had some stares at Pyeongchang, but the interest was even greater at the World Cup race in Kranjska Gora among ski journalists who know their way around ski gear.”

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Traditional ski equipment poses many limitations for easy transportation during adventures in the mountains across snow, rocks and other mixed terrain. In order to improve the mobility and transport of skis, Elan created a foldable ski with high-end ski performance and zero limitations of movement. It easily attaches to a pack quickly and securely. Renowned Slovenian sports photographer Aleš Fevžer used Elan Ibex Tactix folding skis at the Pyeongchang Games. He was delighted with the skis and his photo colleagues may have been just a little bit envious.

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