Matilda Rapaport's legacy

Light in the Shadows

By: Ethan Stone December 25, 2023

A pioneer of women’s skiing in her generation, Swedish freerider Matilda Rapaport was known for bold, hard-charging descents of daunting faces from Switzerland to Alaska. From freeride contests to films, she was everpresent in the sport until an untimely avalanche accident in 2016 claimed her life. A new film from Peak Performance produced by Hedvig Wessel pays tribute to Matilda and her outsize influence.

From Peak Performance on YouTube: Proudly presenting “Light in the Shadows,” featuring Hedvig Wessel and Henrik Windstedt in Haines, Alaska. Matilda Rapaport, who tragically passed away in an avalanche accident in 2016, was one of the best-known faces of freeskiing. Her significance within the world of skiing cannot be overstated. Matilda was a huge inspiration for both Hedvig and Henrik. Hedvig found her inner freeride fire through Matilda, igniting her desire to explore. To Henrik, Matilda was the mountain-loving friend who cared for all. ‘Light in the Shadows’ delves into Alaska’s beauty, highlighting teamwork, trust, and the power of role models.