Matthew Bourne

March 24 2020


The #FWmovement have put together some top tips to guide you through COVID-19 self-isolation. With the number one priority being to stay home and look out for the well-being of your community, these tips are intended to help you stay in great physical and emotional shape. These tips should not be substituted for the official medical advice.

1. Knowledge is Power

Get informed on COVID-19. Handwashing and social distancing are two of the most powerful acts you can take as an individual. For many of us, the COVID crisis means STAYING HOME and adhering to regional advice in your area. For those of you with a thirst for knowledge, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention have put together a framework for COVID community mitigation here.

2.) Stay Active

Even if you’re trapped within the confines of your home, seize opportunities for home workouts, or a gentler practice such as yoga. The kind folks at Down Dog have offered their exceptional app for free until the end of March, Down Dog App.

3. Mindfulness & Meditation

Through the stresses of confinement and uncertainty, make space to clear your mind with meditation. There are many different types and techniques for meditation, for an introduction to the basic themes of Vedic philosophy and meditation, listen to Tom Knoles’ podcast on The Vedic World View. For various guided meditations, check out the free trials of Calm & Headspace, linked below.

Calm Meditation App

Headspace Meditation App

The Vedic World View Podcast

4. Stay Connected

Call your parents. Call your friends. Check in with your neighbours where your local COIVD-19 guidelines allow and ensure that the vulnerable people within your networks are seen, heard and cared for. Social researcher, Hugh Mackay looked deep into our community lives in the 21st century and decided that we very much need to work on being “Darn Good Neighbours” – to hear more from Hugh on feeling connected, listen to this Dumbo Feather podcast.

5. Read

We’re often lamenting the lack of time to dedicate to arts and culture. COVID-19 has fixed that problem for us, so pick up that classic you’ve been meaning to read and start a digital book club to share your thoughts and become the literary aficionado you were destined to be.

6. Watch

The digital realm places incredible films, documentaries and content at our fingertips. We urge you not to go down a rabbit hole of binge watching but instead, set yourself a screen time limit for each day and hold yourself to it. We’ve curated a short list of free-to-watch films and documentaries sure to get you dreaming of post-COVID adventures:

Soft - One of our favorite snowboard films, featuring our favorite snowboarder and FW ambassador, Severin van der Meer. Soft was put together by our good friends at Hillton, and takes a fresh, artistic perspective on what a snowboard film should be. Claiming a Staff Pick from Vimeo, this one is sure to get your dreaming of next winter and more to come from Sevi and the Hillton crew. Watch Here.

Blue Heart - The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. However, a deluge of more than 3,000 proposed hydropower developments threaten to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region. Blue Heart, now in its first digital release, documents the battle for the largest undammed river in Europe, Albania’s Vjosa, the effort to save the endangered Balkan lynx in Macedonia, and the women of Kruščica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are spearheading a months-long, 24/7 protest to protect their community’s only source of drinking water. Watch Here.

Loved by All: The Story of Apa Sherpa - A child of the Khumbu, Apa Sherpa climbed Everest 21 times. Pulled away at the age of 12 to work as a high altitude porter, like so many others, he would leave his family for months, risking his life on the mountain. Through his work at the Apa Sherpa Foundation, he aims to create a different future for his people. Watch Here.

The Frenchy - This is the story of 82-year old French snow / ski racer and mountain biker, Jacques Houot, who is a local legend as an age-defying athlete and an incorrigible flirt. Houot has survived some two dozen close calls with death, including avalanches, cancer, car accidents, a heart attack, drowning and even attempted murder. Frenchy inspires us to stay positive today. Watch Here.

Dream Job - A short film by comedian Katie Burrell. In the movie, Burrell shadows three athletes while trying to ditch a marketing job for one as a pro skier. “How hard could it be?” she asks as she falls out of a snowcat in the opening scene. Watch Here.

7. Plan Ahead

Through COVID-19, our planned adventures have been limited, postponed and cancelled, but we still have space to dream. Research your next trip with FATMAP, read guidebooks and get excited about feeling the sun on your face once again. If you’re in the market for gear for your next adventure, look no further than FW’s 19/20 Collection sale – ringing in with a huge 30% off retail price. Click here to check out the sale.

Here is Anna Smoothy (FW Marketing Manager) & Sara Asmoarp (FW Sustainability Manager) using the FATMAP app to navigate during a tour at Maighels Hutte in the Swiss Alps.

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