Norwegians have seen Tom Stiansen on TV as the upright but friendly host of the successful TV series 71 Degrees North on TV Norge. Most of us have seen him as an alpine skier in the World Cup, World Championships or Winter Olympics.
Tom has been into windsurfing and slaloming since he was a small boy and joined the alpine national team in 1989. He stayed on the team for a total of 16 years. The highlight of Tom's sports career was winning the Gold medal in the slalom at the World Championships in Sestriere, Italy, in 1997.
"After 18 long trips throughout Norway I have only positive experiences with Bergans products. I also feel that the culture I describe in the production of 71 Degrees North is evident at Bergans, too. It is enjoyable to cooperate with such clever people who make such good products".
After his sporting career ended, Tom was asked to audition for what he still thinks is the best job in the world: host of the TV show 71 Degrees North. A job that has also opened his eyes to the outdoors. He has not allowed himself to miss out on the opportunity to take a summit trip in between recordings in the Norwegian mountains, as well as being the first man on the slopes at Nesbyen Alpine Center – where he has a family cabin – when the slopes have been newly prepared.
"I love being outdoors and working on a project basis. Part of what I appreciate most about my job is that now I don’t "only" have to ski on prepared slopes and take the lift up. I greatly value the opportunity I have been given of seeing so much more of what nature has to offer," he says.
In 2016, 71 Degrees North had been entertaining us for 18 years. Tom is optimistic that he can celebrate the program's 20th anniversary with the team in a few years.
"71 Degrees North is a brilliant team to be with. A real winning culture. Everyone on the crew is extremely motivated and works really hard to make a product that's just as good as possible. I’d compare it to the culture we had on the national alpine team in the 1990s and the 2000s".
Projects this season:
New productions of 71 Degrees North and 71 Degrees North: Norway’s Toughest Celebrity.