I was born in Stuttgart, Germany. Ever since I was 3 years old I started skiing and that´s all I wanted to do. At the age of 6 I told my parents I want to become a skier. From age 9 until 15 I was ski racing. When I was 16 I saw my friends built jumps on their snowboards and ride powder and I realized that this is what I want to be doing on skis.
At the age of 17 I had my first podiums and sponsors quickly after. In 2003 I finished school and started to ski professionally. I didn´t want to compete anymore when I started filming with my former idols such as JP Auclair, Julien Regnier, Anthony Boronowski and Pep Fujas and rather wanted to be out in the backcountry producing film parts, which I do to date.
Skiing is constantly pushing the limits. I want to accomplish to keep pushing the limits of our sports and stay healthy so I can still ski when I am old.
I think one great achievement is to keep skiing with as much fun as you can possibly have and so far I have been doing pretty good with that achievement.
Skiing in the backcountry comes with many difficulties as we depend on weather and snow conditions. Any day you go out there is different.
It could be bad weather, it could be shitty snow or avalanche conditions. There are many factors we need to take into consideration all the time.
The greatest satisfaction is when I successfully finish a line. If I ski a difficult line I am more often than not pretty darn scared when I am at the top. The greater is the relief and the pure feeling of joy at the bottom of a run. It really is like being high on life.
I find the combination of physical fitness and mental strength an important key to my success. I obviously need physical abilities but especially when you are skiing in extreme mountains the most important is the belief and trust in myself, I get this through mediation techniques that I like to apply even in the field.
No matter if I am competing or filming there is always a risk involved with what I do and I am aware of that. The more potential consequences there are, the more nervous I am.
If for example I ski a line that has a “no fall zone” where I just simply must not crash, it adds a decent amount of being scared which ultimately makes me nervous.
Just pin it! (that´s when I first learned how to snowmobile and got stuck all the time).