Stian Solberg

Who brought you into snowboarding? Have you given him any thanks for his influence?

My brother got me into snowboarding. I’ve haven’t thanked him upfront for his influence, but I have mentioned it from time to time in interviews and bio’s like these.

Who was your local hero?

Bjørn Mortensen, My Brother and Erik Haugo

Is Norway the perfect place to grow up as a snowboarder?

You’d think it would be because of some of the mountain’s we have, and the cold weather. But for me growing up we didn’t have the parks you see today. Don’t get me wrong, we did have some parks, but the standard the last couple of years has risen to a very high level. At least for jumps and rails. I think Pipe’s are extinct in Norway right now.

Where and when was your first snowboard pic published? What trick was it? did you land it?

I think my first ever published photo was from Livigno a long time ago after the BEO. It might have been in 2002 or 03. Not sure. Chris Holter (Norwegian Photographer) shot it. It was the famous road gap you see from that place. I think I tried a Bs.5 but ended up doing a bs. 3 instead. Landed on my ass. And I was too scared to try again, haha

Where was your first video appearence with what music(local snowboardmovie...)?

It was in a Norwegian Snowboard movie called “Victory”. I didn’t even know I was in it, but I guess Frode Sandbech (at the time shot video), sneak shot me at the Hemsedal shoot the first year I was there, in 2003.

How did you get your first sponsor?

My brother brought me along for a Dragon shoot in Stryn in Norway the summer of 2003. The TM from the states came too it, and I guess he liked how I rode and he wanted to sponsor me after that.

Would you still ride as much as you can, if no one would support you (no sponsors, no filmers and photographers)?

I probably wouldn’t ride as much, since I would most likely have to have a normal job or go to school like most of my friends, and that would take up most of my time. But I would try to go as often as I could.

What is your favourite moment on the mountain?

When your in the Backcountry with your friends and it’s all quiet, far away from crowded liftlines and snowboarders who play dressup when they go to the hill to get the most attention (Mostly US Skiresorts)

What is the worst time during the time on the mountain?

When it’s freeeeezing and all my gear is wet..

How important is the time on the mountain?

For me it’s everything. My dad used to take me and my brother to Voss (Eirik Haugo’s hometown and mountain) every weekend to go ski when we were younger. So if I don’t get my time in and just get away from the busy city life with all the people and mayhem all the time, then I feel like something is missing. It’s the best being able to have the freedom now to go to the mountain to relax wether it’s snowing or it’s summer time.

How important is music for you in a snowboardmovie?

It can make or break the production!

Favourite videopart, ever:

Wille Luoma in Afterbang or Romain DeMArchi in Vivid. It’s hard to say. But if I had to pick one I’d have to pick Wille.


That part has probably had the most impact on my riding.

Have you seen the Whiskey movies?

My Stepchild Team Manager is one of the main characters (Boozy the Clown). He sat me down at his house once and gave me a history lesson. I’ll never forget it.


I’d rather watch the cross-country skiing than the snowboarding in it..

Any question you would like us to ask Erik Botner?

Why do you wear Uggz or Luggz or whatever those fucking things are your feet are? Why don’t you just wear a pair of Croc’s as well?


Thanks to EVERYONE that has gotten me to where I am today. Family, Friends and Sponsors!


One word answer game (please just answer with the first word that comes to your mind):

Competition: Ok?
Powder day: SWEET
Double down: Hamburger?
Airplanes: Scary
Sled: Trouble
Wet shoes: GAY
JP Solberg: PARTY
Boozy the Clown: PARTY