Date of birth:
Dürbheim, Germany
Head Skis, Leki, Alpina, Evoc, Zanier, Haglöfs, Planks Clothing, Sionyx, Pieps,
Surf, Bike, Climb, Hike …
Favourite athletes:
John John Florence … and all of those who are enjoying every day out there.


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I grew up away from big mountains in Dürbheim, Germany. Being out there in the nature and doing the sports I love always meant the world to me. Thanks to my parents I spent a lot of time in the Alps in my youth, which inspired me to move to Innsbruck (Austria) to start studying there.

With moving to Innsbruck I changed from snowboard to skis and focused on freeriding as much as I was able to whilst completing a master’s degree in advanced materials.

I’m very thankful to now have the opportunity to travel around the world with filmmakers and photographers to explore beautiful and remote ski destinations. Besides that I’m competing in the Freeride World Qualifiers with the aim to qualify for the Freeride World Tour.


  • 2012: 1st Hochfügen Open
  • 2012: 5th FWQ 4* Hochfügen
  • 2013: 1st FWQ 3* Kitzsteinhorn
  • 2014: 3rd FWQ 3* Kitzsteinhorn
  • 2015: 1st FWQ 3* Montafon

INTERVIEW 2015.05.15

What are you looking for to accomplish?

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Keep on enjoying every day out there until the snow is gone!

What would be your greatest achievement?

To show my kids the same passions and to offer them the possibility to follow their dreams. 

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

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With skiing in the backcountry there are a lot of difficulties: It’s extremely depending on the weather and snow conditions, so you can get pretty disappointed on film trips for example.

Your performance depends on your physical, but also on your mental skills – to improve the mental side sometimes can be a slow process and pretty annoying.

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

Having an intense deep-powder day with my friends makes me sleep like a baby.;)

Also skiing a fun, creative competition line exactly how I imagined it.

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Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

I pretty much never ski alone, luckily. ;)

What do you do during your training which is key to your success?

I think to believe in your training and yourself and to do it for the right reason is really important. The best training for me is to ski as much as possible with the best and most fun crew.

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Because my season is really long and intense, I usually don’t do two seasons each year. I rather enjoy doing a lot of other sports in summer like surfing or climbing, but also some specific strength and coordination training besides that.

What are you most nervous about when competing?

About losing my line and/or misjudging the snow conditions in the landings – it’s a fine line between backslapping and front punching.  

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

I don’t know… maybe my girlfriend, because she’s supporting me in everything I’m doing – even if that means me being weeks away. 

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What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

Listen to your body and your mind. 

What are your future plans?

Explore some beautiful and remote places, improve my skiing so I can bring some creativity into exposed lines and get more consistent in competitions.

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What are your tips for those who begin now?

Live your dreams and stay true to yourself – don’t be a copycat! ;)

"Jochen Mesle"