Photo: Pekka Kilkki

About

Real Skifi is a title under which a Finnish group of men have produced ski videos since late 2010. The crew is best known for its videos showcasing creative urban skiing. To this day these videos have been viewed altogether over ten million times. Take a look at the latest videos below.

Skiing with Tractors

Last winter the folks at Valtra asked us to join them in celebrating the launch of their new G series tractors. They were curious if we could do some tricks with, over and off the tractors. They pretty much said we could do whatever we want. We said yes.

Aug 2020

Street Skier's Dream Van

Juho converted an old VW Transporter into his dream vehicle. With skis, shovels, a drop in ramp and a winch inside it is the perfect tool for street skiing.

Jun 2020
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Juho Kilkki - Social Distancing

Among many other things coronavirus is changing the way we exercise. The situation calls for a new perspective and creative ideas. We want to encourage everyone to find their own way of exercising safely in these times. How do you stay active this spring?

Apr 2020

Real Skifi at Havumaki Ranch

Havumaki Ranch is the villa of your dreams.

Mar 2020

Juho Kilkki - My ACL Story

Juho has been battling with knee issues for years. And he's not the only one. ACL injuries are far too common in skiing. Sometimes making a successful recovery might be taken for granted. And other times you don't even realize who didn't make it back. But what really goes on through the journey?

Nov 2019

Real Skifi @ Wakepark

What if you took your powder skis to the wakeboard park?

Sep 2019

Ilkka Hannula Dream Park

Ilkka's dream park is no one else's dream park.

Jul 2019

Skiing with trampoline and hula hoop

Can Bernie jump through hula hoop? Can Ilkka slide around a trampoline?

Apr 2019

Roll

When you're literally ready to roll but the snow just won't fall.

Nov 2018

21 tricks on 1 spot

When you only have one handrail in your hometown.

Sep 2018

Cut

Cutting edge skiing.

Apr 2018

Making of Episode 17

Glimpse beyond the magic of Ep 17.

Nov 2017

Episode 17

Everyday physics, bottle flips & magic tricks.

Nov 2017

Fall

Dropping through fall.

Sep 2017
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Summer

Skiing through summer.

Aug 2017

Making of Episode 16

See how the Finnish summer was made!

Aug 2016

Episode 16

Finnish Summer.

Aug 2016

Episode 15

Holiday in Stockholm.

Mar 2016

Making of Episode 14

See the secrets of Episode 14: lots of juice and cold nights.

Feb 2016

Episode 14

Time to get juicy in the streets of northern Finland.

Feb 2016

Making of UK

Behind the scenes of a unique ski trip to the United Kingdom.

Dec 2015

UK

Adventures in every skier's dream destination.

Dec 2015

Making of Episode 13

Go behind the scenes and take a closer look on the tricks and stories in Episode 13.

Nov 2015

Episode 13

Deepest skiing of the season.

Nov 2015

Skiing and football

This video was produced for thisisfootball.com by Playground Production. The video was filmed in Geilo, Norway. Skiing by Real Skifi and few norwegian youngsters.

May 2015

Episode 12

Softest skiing of the season.

Mar 2015
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Episode 11

The worst winter in years takes the crew to sunny California and back home.

Dec 2014

Kumi Yama

The crew spent a week in Les 2 Alpes, France and participated in a freeskiing contest called Kumi Yama.

Nov 2013

Episode 10

Some say skiing is a winter sport. Episode 10 shows otherwise.

Oct 2013

Partly Cloudy Segment

The crew teamed up with Logan Imlach to produce a segment for Level 1 productions' movie Partly Cloudy.

Sep 2013

Episode 9

The combined number of tries to get all the tricks done for episode 9 is most likely around one thousand. That means some difficult rails!

Apr 2013

Episode 8

Coming in hot to the third season. Episode 8 includes one of the longest handrails ever slid on a pair of skis.

Jan 2013

Episode 7

Spring time takes the crew to the closed slopes of a local ski hill where some legendary jibs take place. But before that the boys discuss the dangers of the sport.

Nov 2012

Episode 6

First time filming outside the hometown. The not-so-remote destinations are the citys of Jamsa and Tampere.

May 2012

Episode 5

Ilkka's purple jeans had become a major topic in public discussion. The situation demanded action. Episode 5 is a documentation of that action plus some straight forward urban skiing.

Mar 2012

Episode 4

A start of a new season. This time the crew was equipped with a bungee, lights and a generator to fight against the lack of snow.

Jan 2012

Episode 3

Episode 3 ended the first season of Real Skifi with a bang: some urbans, lots of sunny spring skiing in a closed resort and video game vibes.

May 2011

Episode 2

The boys bought an old kart engine and built a little winch to speed up the second episode. Rock music and jeans were also brought in to reduce the air resistance.

Mar 2011

Episode 1

This is the first Real Skifi video ever produced. No lights, no generator, no winch, no bungee, no driving licences. Just skiing in snowy Jyvaskyla.

Feb 2011
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History

Juho, Ilkka and Verneri spent their early and mid teen years skiing at the small local ski hill Laajavuori. They would ride the bus after school and ski there almost every day. There were no sports clubs or coaches. Instead there was a small local scene rich of excitement and thrill to learn. Occasionally the boys would participate in contests and travel to other resorts.

In late 2010 they linked up with Janne who had a camera and knew how to use it. Together they started filming urban skiing in the streets of their hometown Jyväskylä. At that point the city already had a history of urban skiing and snowboarding so it was only natural for them to follow the path. At first they had no greater plans or goals for these film shoots. Pure stoke fueled them to get out there time after time. They had no more gear than a camera and a couple shovels. However, In February 2011 the boys put together a video and the first ever episode of Real Skifi was released. The freeski world greeted the video with positive feedback and so the boys went on hungrier than ever.

During the next season Anton doubled the amount of cameras and filmers in the crew and the first sponsors stepped in. Also speed-giving devices, lights, friends, fans, trips and more helped the guys create a name for themselves. In 2013 the crew had the honor of producing a segment to Level 1's movie Partly Cloudy.

Around 2014 different universities made the crew scatter around Finland. Naturally the amount of time that the crew could spend together decreased during the following years. At the same time paid collaborations and increased time spent on planning made everything more professional. The crew was no longer just a bunch of teens making videos. They were men who had grown their hobby to a business.

All the way until 2017 most of the videos had been simply named Real Skifi Episodes and they more or less followed the familiar structure. At this point the crew decided to break the formula. They began to produce videos with different types of names and ideas or themes. Still to this day learning and experimenting with new ways to tell stories is a major part of the game. However the core of Real Skifi has always stayed the same.

Once again the crew has been and will be facing changes in 2019-2021 as each member has or will be graduated from university. All in all the crew is celebrating its 10-year-long history and still going strong.

Where to follow

The Youtube channel is the main platform for our content. It's the place for all the longer videos and edits so make sure to subscribe.

Keeping up with the latest adventures and tasty throwbacks is easily achieved by following @realskifi on Instagram.

A good mixture of all our content can be consumed on our Facebook page

The Crew

Juho portrait

Photo: Aapo Jämsén

Juho Kilkki

Juho is a part-time pro skier and a part-time stay-at-home dad. Traditionally Juho would just be one of the skiers but lately he has broadened his role towards directing, filming and editing too. Juho has a tendency to get excited and passionate about his hobbies and projects.

Juho's history with knee issues has pretty much changed the way he looks at skiing. It has guided him on a path of technicality and creativity.

Ilkka portrait

Photo: Max Steffansson

Ilkka Hannula

Ilkka is one the most unorthodox skiers on the planet. He can simply ski on any surface or material. If humankind had to send one man to the moon to see if you can ski there Ilkka would be the obvius choice. Him and maybe his winch operator.

During the early years of Real Skifi Ilkka would be the guy wearing those tight purple jeans. Nowadays Ilkka is a skilled surfboard builder among other things.

Verneri portrait

Photo: Kimmo Korpela

Verneri Hannula

Right after Ilkka comes his couple minutes younger twin brother Verneri. He's the one you would send to a big bomb drop spot. By being small Bernie makes the spot look big and by being fearless he makes history happen. Bernie likes to go big and spin fast. Or at least he used to. Nowadays he has more or less retired from his ski career.

Probably Bernie's biggest inspiration throughout the years has always been Anastacia's song "Left Outside Alone". That song will always light a fire on him.

Janne portrait

Photo: Kimmo Korpela

Janne Korpela

Janne is someone who sees opportunities and takes them. He has been so much more to the crew than just a filmer. Without his vision and drive Real Skifi would never have grown like it has. Behind the camera Janne is known for his glide cam maneuvers.

On his freetime Janne likes to conquer mountains, play beach volley and go mountain biking. He also thinks he's the best table tennis player of the crew.

Anton portrait

Photo: Kimmo Korpela

Anton Geier

Anton is a filmmaker with a vision. He never just pushes record right away. Instead he rather takes a moment to observe, think and plan. Anton can capture some of the most phenomenal tele angles and in the editing room he always has a trick or two up his sleeve.

Anton enjoys traveling and he has a background in parkour and snowboarding.


Merchandise

Photo: Max Steffansson

Merchandise

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The Crew

Photo: Max Steffansson

Contact

In case you have questions, proposals or inquiries of any kind feel free to write an email to realskifi@gmail.com. We will be happy to investigate your thoughts and ideas. After all skiing is a contact sport.

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