Full Name: Aleksi Antti Olavi Vanninen

Date of Birth: 10/27/73

Hometown: Porvoo, Finland

Home Mountain: Talma, Finland

Riding Since: 1989

Board/Stance Preference: Directional 156 to 159

If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would move to Riksgransen, Axamerlizum, and some place from Switzerland like Verbier.

Favorite Terrain: Bumpy, powdery, rolly, steep enough, big area to play on.

First Time: Kalpalinna, Finland. It was very icy, too steep to begin on. We couldn’t even make any turns and we were already trying to do jumps!

Is snowboarding ready for the Olympics? If the winner on an alpine race can beat the second place guy by a couple of seconds, is it really ready for that? Halfpipe still has a couple of years to go.

If you didn’t snowboard what would you be doing right now? Studying graphic design.

What do you do when you’re not snowboarding? Enjoy time with my girlfriend, play guitar, draw, mountain bike, skateboard, jog. Yep, I’ve got plenty of stuff to do.

Who most influences your style? Joni Makinen, I could make a long list, but I won’t. Joni’s the dopest! Thats it!

Who do you ride with the most? Joni Makinen, Ami Voutilainen, Pasi Voho, and the whole Salomon crew. I love to cruise around with Jeff Curtes and Dave Downing.

If you were going on a trip and could only take five things with you (other than a change of clothes and your snowboard) what would those things be? My girlfriend Tanja, our house and everything that’s in it. My car. Plus two top secret items…..

My Favorites…

Color: Navy Blue

Food: Pasta

Month: There’s twelve of them

Number: 27

Mountain: Talma

Time of Day: Day

Airline: Swiss Air, Finn Air

Car: Peugeot

Animal: Monkey