After snowboarding for 18 years now I can still say that I love snowboarding to my heart. I started with riding the half pipe and also competing at slope style events until I finally moved to the big mountain freeride competitions.
I also just love riding fresh snow far away from the crowds, choosing my own line in the untouched backcountry. Making memories that I will never forget on powder days with friends is what freeriding for me is all about! I am always happy to share my passion and traveling to the most beautiful freeride resorts on the planet and being able to produce action footage combined with nature and friends make it the most exciting job in the world for me.
These days, splitboarding is a new way of moving in the mountains and it has given me a whole new horizon. Many lines that I have only seen from the slopes are getting accessible. I cannot wait to check them out.
To be honest, i am just coming back from a serious injury. My doctors have told me that I might not be able to snowboard anymore. So my biggest accomplishment for this season is to proof them wrong.
I am training a lot these days to make sure I am ready for some huge powder days, steep lines and cliff drops! I can´t wait to be back on snow! I am strong in my mind, I know that I can do it, but I will also have to listen to myself a bit and make smart choices. I have learned to say „NO“ it´s just not worth it.
My greatest achievement would be snowboarding at the same level I am now at the age of 45, without losing my passion and love for that sport.
To overcome my injuries are the most difficult subject for me right now. My body is hungry for sports and when you face injuries you just have to stay still and wait a bit.
Being patient has never been my greatest strength, but I am learning day by day, that rushing into it would just be senseless. Injuries bring you down to earth tough, which is a good thing, as you learn to appreciate the little things in life again.
I feel very blessed and satisfied that my passion became also my job. To still have the opportunity to travel the world and see new places, I probably would never see, if I was not snowboarding like that.
Bring on some new adventures, that‘s just the best part of it.
I actually have never learned any techniques. I just love snowboarding and I always did what felt good and right ;) Sometimes it worked out pretty fantastic and sometimes it just didn´t. ;)
You learn how to free ride by freeriding. A lot of things happen in your head, and I find mentally preparing myself to be very helpful. In the fall, I start my condition to make sure I have the strength and stamina to be able to ride in my best form.
I started a special work out training program at the gym back home in Innsbruck. But another very good work out and refilling energy sport is surfing. I’ve got to be in great shape to avoid injuries.
When I was still competing at the Freeride world Tour I was really nervous about my line choice. I always knew my boundaries and what size of cliffs I am capable to jump off.
But sometimes those cliffs looked so much smaller in the pictures or through my binoculars… I always really hoped that I would never be totally wrong in my evaluations.
Probably my parents. They don´t really like what I am doing because it is a very dangerous sport. Especially my mum never liked when I was competing, but I think she has seen every single event that I was competing in. Thanks for watching, mum! ;)
I cannot really plan my future. But this season, for the second time, I am organizing Splitboarding and Freeride Camps with my partner Pia Schröter. All those who have interest and want to get involved in such an adventure can sign up for the Voelkl Split & Freeride Camps very soon.
Together with a local mountain guide and other Voelkl team rid-ers, you can tour and demo the brand-new Voelkl Splitboard setup at one of the five weekend camps. Get ready for some great backcountry adventures! www.voelkl-snowboards.com
Don’t give up, it’s been hard times for all of us when we got started…after a couple of days of failing, I am certain that you will start loving it! There is nothing better than a fun day with friends out in the backcountry enjoying nature. Spending a cool day in the mountains can be magical! Just never forget: Safety first!!!