After months of soul searching and careful consideration, I have decided that this is the year I’m going to retire from the Freeride World Tour. I’ve had 8 intense and unforgettable years on the FWT and I am very happy to end my competition career on such a high note. I skied two of my best competition runs in Fieberbrunn and at the Xtreme Verbier during the FWT 2018 season, and using this momentum, I want to build my future and direct my energy into new projects now.
Competing on the Freeride World Tour has given me so very much: something to strive for, dreams and goals to achieve which have enriched my life, memorable experiences of skiing with some of the best freeriders around the world, and friendship. It has allowed me to introduce the sport of freeriding to a broad audience in Austria as well as internationally. I am truly grateful for the many personal lessons and experiences over the years on the qualifier events and on Tour – it’s been a hell of a ride!
Although I’m retiring from competition, by no means am I retiring as a professional skier. I want to put all my energy into new projects now. It’s especially important to me to pass on my knowledge and experience in the sport of freeriding to future generations – particularly to female skiers. To this end, I plan on expanding my women’s freeride camps in Lech am Arlberg – the Women’s Progression Days. I will also be busy with the production of ski film projects. My next big goal is to complete my master’s degree in mental strength coaching at the University of Salzburg. This will enable me to coach athletes professionally in reaching their full potential.
I want to use this opportunity to thank the organisers of the Freeride World Tour as well as the judges and the athletes I’ve learnt so much from and shared incredible highs and lows with. I want to thank my family and friends for their ongoing support – I know it wasn’t always easy for you – thanks from the bottom of my heart. To the employees at the Olympiazentrum Vorarlberg for their training expertise and their valuable support in getting me through my last two injuries. Big thanks also go to my sponsors Kästle, Lech Zürs, Bergans of Norway, Scott, Audi, Strolz, Dalbello and Roeckl Sports for their ongoing trust.
And lastly, the fans. What an incredible support you have been over the years as well as giving me encouragement not to give up during the tough times. Thanks for watching me ride and for continuing to follow my future endeavours!