“I’ve never really been interested in being the best; what I’ve always wanted is to be my best”
I don’t know why I got so lucky in life to have grown up in Lech am Arlberg, Austria – which I’m known to say is the best ski resort in the world – and Torquay, Australia – which just happens to be one of the best surf spots in the world.…but wow, was I lucky!
I started competing in freeride events in earnest at the tender age of 28. I dedicated the following 10 years of my life to figuring out how the heck do I ski a gnarly freeride line in a competition where visual inspection is all you get?! When I started out, I never dreamt that one day I would become freeride world champion.
Before my professional skier life, I simultaneously studied business management in Vienna, worked as a fully certified ski-instructor and guide, and co-founded the first freeride school in Austria. You would think I would know better by now, but clearly, I still haven’t learnt to not spread myself too thin (as you can witness in our new ski movie ‘COACH’).
No matter what I do in life, I’m obsessed with progression and learning. Plus, helping other women is something that’s especially close to my heart. Is it any wonder that in 2008 I created the Women’s Progression Days, helping hundreds of women hone their ski technique and confidence off-piste?
“I help people overcome their fears, perform under pressure, and achieve their goals.”
Being a world champion, you might think that I’m a naturally gifted, talented skier. You might also think that I’ve always had an unshakeable belief in my abilities.
Think again! I failed the entry exam to both my Austrian level 2 and level 3 ski instructor trainings because of subpar ski technique. I used to be riddled with self-doubt and low confidence for many years on the competitive circuit.
I would get super nervous at competitions and rarely managed to ski to my ability. My stress levels were so elevated that I experienced many of my runs as a complete blur, often ending in disaster! I felt like a total failure.
First, I get how frustrating it feels when you can’t achieve your goals! And second, I want you to know that it isn’t raw talent that wins world championships; it’s developing the mental strength that does. In other words, you don’t have to be born mentally tough; it’s a skill you can learn – just like I did.
Let me coach you to help you reach your goals and unlock your potential! Find out more about how we can work together.