The first time I stood on skis was at the age of three. Like many other friends I competed in FIS alpine races until 2001. In 2002 and 2003 I completed the training to become a ski instructor. In 2003, I also became a telemark instructor in Italy. Since 2004, I have been working as a ski instructor in Switzerland.
1st rank O’Neill Xtreme, Verbier, 2006
The spirit of skiing:
The most risky experience:
Avalanches are most obviously the biggest risk in my job as a ski instructor and a freeskier. If I am not 70 percent sure that the snow will hold I am really frightened. Once, I carved a line in a face which I had a strange feeling about. Before I knew it my fear became a reality: I triggered an avalanche. Luckily I escaped pretty easily. But it made me think a lot about my passion and its dangers.
The most painful experience:
Presumably when I tore my cruciate ligament apart and when I hurt my meniscus in 2000. Just a wrong twist that put me on a hold for six months.
The ultimate day on the mountain:
First, the ascent and the path to the summit. Then, the boundless freedom to draw endless lines. Powder and crazy lines – the best ingredients for an ultimate day.
What goes throught your head before dropping a big face/ doing a trick?
I am totally concentrated and focused on my line. The most important thing is not get disoriented in case you make a mistake. And just enjoy without any limit!
Reminescence about KÄSTLE:
I skied a Kästle ski at the age of eight competing in a giant slalom. I also competed in the 1995/96 Kästle sponsored “Italian Kästle Circuit.
Three reasons why KÄSTLE:
Kästle is a legendary brand with an exceptional past. Now, there are motivated new people standing behind the brand with excellent product. I am confident that they will have success with their top quality skis.
What do you do in summer?
Most of my time I stay in the Dolomites which has been my home since 1994. Here I organise and guide groups in the regions around Cortina d’Ampezzo and Corvara. The rest of the time I go paragliding, climbing, kite surfing and surfing – just the way I like it.
Role models/ Idols that inspire you?
There are a lot of skiers who really inspire me. I believe that I can learn something new every single day. Whenever I find someone better than me I try to make them my idol – in sport as well as in everyday life.
Travelling, getting to know other countries.
Freeride World Tour Tignes, France (2nd Place)
O'Neill Xtreme Worldtour Verbier, Switzerland (5th Place)
Freeride World Tour overall (2nd Place)
RedBull Tribal Quest Nendaz, Switzerland (best portrait photo)
Nissan Arctix Tamok Contest, Lapland/Norway (2nd Place)
Trip nach Bolivien, Cordillera Real, für einen Ski Mountaineering Trip mit Christian Pondella. Besteigung und Abfahrten der Gipfel Pequeno Alpamayo 5370m, Huayna Potosi 6088m, über die Via de los Franceses. Teilweise Befahrung des Illimani 6438m und Cabeza Del Condor 5540m. Gleich danach gings nach Alaska für eine Expedition des TNF am Denali 6438m.
Trip mit TNF ins Arctic National Wildlife Refuge/Alaska, Besteigung und Abfahrten einer der höchsten Gipfel im Brooks Range: Isto 9060ft, Michelson 8855ft, und einem unbenannten Gipfel mit 8860ft. In einem zweiten Projekt für Summits4kids in Ecuador Besteigung und Abfahrten folgender Vulkane: Cotopaxi 5897m, Illiniza Sur 5248m und Illiniza Norte 5126 (ohne Ski).
photo shooting trip in Indian Kashmir, Gulmarg. Svalbard, Spitzbergen ski trip. 16day tour in the arctic landscape with telemarks. Peru. Summits4kids charity project. Conception and develop of the project with two other riders. Climbed and skied Ishinca 5530m, Pisco 5752m, Yanapaccha 5460m.
photo shooting trip to Canada BC for ADAC magazine, at Skeena Heliski company.
descent Canalone Marinelli, Mt. Rosa/ Italy; Patagonia ski-expedition to the Mariano Moreno mt. 3400m. Climbed and skied it in a day from base camp. descent Canalone Marinelli, Mt. Rosa/ Italy