Austria / Powder
date of birth
December 28, 1979
Unique and breathtaking, the kuril island “Onekotan” part of the pacific fire ring, somewhere between Kamchatka and Hokkaido. Uninhabitated, set in the middle of some of the stormiest and coldest seas in the world. At the same time, one of the most beautiful places, a perfect circled caldera lake which is having a vulcano in the center. An island in the island. So fascinating for Matthias Haunholder and Matthias Mayr that they decided in 2014 to go there for skiing, no matter what it takes to realize this dream. The beauty of the island was the sole reason, the fact, that nobody lives there, nobody has been there with skis, and it´s almost impossible to reach in winter, was just a side effect, accepted by them, but never seen as special challenge or problem. Within one year of planning, they more and more understood why nobody ever goes there.
Placed more than 500km away from the only real city in Kamchatka, Petropavlovsk, there is only one way to reach the island, with a boat. The pacific ocean has not more than 1 degree celsius at this time of the year, icebergs are everywhere and boats below 20 metres length are not allowed to be offshore Even to find a boat to get there, became a mission impossible. Scaring the team even more, the day before their planned departure, another, much bigger ship sank out there, more than 50 people died.