Ivan Malakhov started skiing on small hills inside small city of Smolensk. It is located on Russian plain so there are no mountains around for 1000 km! That's why at firstable he does new school freestyle - He did not require big mountains. After first prize places in freestyle Ivan got sponsorship and started big mountains skiing. Aosta Valley has become his home resort in 2013. He spends every summer in Cervinia, and winter in Courmayeur.