Victory at Freeride World Tour Snowbird!

Finally! My first victory at a Freeride World Tour event! And “Finally!” is what so many people said to me after my win, people who have known me, skied with me and seen me compete over the past years. People who knew I had it in me to win, but I just never seemed to be able to deliver under the pressure of a competition situation.

Maybe the long run up made my victory in Snowbird, Utah/USA all the sweeter, where I skied a fast and smart line with a big obligatory air in the middle.

FWT14 Snowbird | Photographer: David Carlier

FWT14 Snowbird Women’s Ski Podium | Photographer: David Carlier

Here is the video of my run:


FWT14 – Lorraine Huber – Snowbird, UT par FreerideWorldTourTV

And the video of my GoPro footage (I almost prefer this footage):


FWT14 – SNOWBIRD GOPRO RUN LORRAINE HUBER par FreerideWorldTourTV

Good Start to the Freeride World Tour 2014

Stop 1 and 2 of the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face 2014 are done and dusted! The first stop in Revelstoke had to be postponed to March 2014, making Chamonix the first FWT stop for the women on 25th January. I was more than ready to compete by this stage, really hungry to finally get the competitive season started. At inspection I could see that there was a metre less snow in the competition venue compared to last year, making the airs significantly bigger. Additionally, you could see that the snow was very wind affected. That’s competition for you! We often have to deal with challenging snow conditions, quite different to filming. I opted for an easy line and aimed to ski it was fast as possible. I also noticed that the judges were rewarding powerful skiing at the men’s stop in Courmayeur. With a fairly simple line skied well, I came third in a stacked field of ripping female skiers. Here’s my run:


FWT14 – Run of Lorraine Huber – Chamonix Mont… von FreerideWorldTourTV

I was happy with my run run, which was fluid, and for reaching the podium with my first contest of the season. One good result in the bag – nothing better than to take pressure off!

Pic: Freeride World Tour 2014 Chamonix, by D. Daher

Pic: Freeride World Tour 2014 Chamonix, by D. Daher

Pic: Freeride World Tour 2014 Chamonix, by J. Bernard

Pic: Freeride World Tour 2014 Chamonix, by J. Bernard

Soon after, after a detour to Münich for a presentation of our film ‘Lorraine. The Movie’ at ISPO, we arrived in Fieberbrunn for the next FWT stop. Snow conditions were very thin, but the venue was deemed doable. That was before two days of Föhn set it: warm wind from the south of up to 100 km/hr, cleaning out the Wildseeloder face entirely and creating a lot of wind slabs just waiting to be set off by a skier. The organisers has to cancel Fieberbrunn, painful as it was. Within a few hours, it had been decided to relocate the entire tour and production team to Kappl, Tirol, only an hour away from home. The snow here was good enough for us to compete on, and Kappl offered us riders a great venue starting on the ‘Quellspitze‘ at 2700m.

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In Kappl we couldn’t inspect before the competition day due to bad weather preventing us from seeing the face. The women were first up to start so we were up on top of the mountain by 7.15am to pick our lines. Again I opted to ski something simple I knew I would be able to find without having to slow down. I skied fast and came in third, again! A fantastic start to the season! I felt very comfortable competing and enjoyed it a lot, not being as nervous as I have in the past. I have two weeks at home now to recharge the batteries and get some serious ski mileage in before heading on 25th February to California, USA, for the next FWT stop. Keep you posted!

Pic: FWT2014 in Kappl, by T. Haller

Pic: FWT2014 in Kappl, by T. Haller

Women’s Progression Days 2014

28 women attended the Women’s Progression Days by Lorraine Huber in Lech am Arlberg from 10.-12.01.2014. As I was introducing the guide team in the Ambrosius Stüble on Thursday night before the first day of skiing, I felt so proud to have attracted such a large and good group of skiers to my annual women’s program this year. It is what I had envisaged from the start, but it took a number of years and some real determination to get there.

Women's Progression Days by Lorraine Huber, Pic: Lisa Fail

Women’s Progression Days by Lorraine Huber, Pic: Lisa Fail

Luckily for us, it snowed Thursday and Friday night and the WPD guides Geli Häusl, Angelika Kaufmann, Liz Kristoferitsch and I found many untracked and challenging runs for the participants. The first day was our safety day, involving brushing up on the essential avalanche rescue skills such as beacon search, using the probe, the right shovel technique as well as a simulated group rescue situation. Participants also received ski technique training during day one with plenty of input to work on for the following two days. Ski technique, choosing lines and skiing variable terrain and snow conditions were the focus for day two and three.

Participants were photographed by Lisa Fail and filmed by cinematographer Balint Hambalko who made a fantastic edit of the WPD 2014 right here:

I’m still buzzing from all the positive feedback and general fun and laughter the women had together at the Women’s Progression Days. Besides the great skiing, the best thing was the many new friendships formed with like-minded women who also love to ski. See you at the Women’s Progression Days 2015!

 

 

berg&abenteuer filmfestival graz

Our film “Lorraine” was presented in full HD at the berg&abenteuer filmfestival graz last week. I’ve derived so much joy out of this film. Hanno Mackowitz (idea, camera and editing), Marcus Loeber (music) and I joined together to each bring what we do best and love most into this unique project, a real team effort.

Screengrab from the film "Lorraine", by Hanno Mackowitz

Screengrab from the film “Lorraine”, by Hanno Mackowitz

 

Screengrab from the film "Lorraine", by Hanno Mackowitz

Screengrab from the film “Lorraine”, by Hanno Mackowitz

“Lorraine” is a ski film shot with a RED camera in Zürs and Stuben am Arlberg. The super-slow-motion images, accompanied by minimalistic classical music, induce a process of deceleration in the viewer. The viewer has time to take in the mysterious winter landscapes and the dynamic movements of a skier in powder snow. The music was composed especially to these images, with the goal of bringing the viewer into a state of flow.

What do you think about the idea of making this kind of movie? Please feel free to use the comments section below! Stay tuned for further screenings at a cinema near you!

Women’s Progression Days by Lorraine Huber

Since 2008 I have been guiding and coaching women to help develop their skills and confidence in freeride skiing. For 2014, the program will be bigger and better than ever. I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be working together with Arlberg’s best and most experienced female guides to enlarge next year’s program to a total of 4 groups, including, for the first time, one snowboard group. The guides are Angelika Häusl, Angelika Kaufmann, Liz Kristoferitsch, and myself.

The program is geared towards good to excellent off-piste skiers and snowboarders wanting to bring their riding to the next level. Join us and experience some of the best runs the Arlberg has to offer and yes: experience the “female stoke phenomenon” as I like to call it and be amazed. We’re going to rock the Arlberg!

Please put the following date in your calendars: 9 to 12 Januray 2014. Arrival day is the 9th January and we’ll be skiing/riding together a full 3 days. I’ll be offering an all-inclusive package as well as packages without accom/lift tickets. The program is packed with extras such as an instructor-led Yoga session, test gear, film night, and more.

Registration and bookings will be open at the end of next week on lorrainehuber.com, so check back here soon!

IF3 Movie Awards: Best Freeride Female

I recently received an award from the International Freeski Film Festival for “Best Freeride Female” for my segment in Alaska in the all-female freeski movie “Shades of Winter”. Since I’m in Australia at the moment visiting family I wasn’t able to accept the award personally, so I’d like to share this acceptance speech with you now for the award night to thank the key people involved in me winning this award. I’m feeling totally overwhelmed and so very happy right now!

Also, Sandra Lahnsteiner and Matilda Rapaport were nominated for the award, which shows how awesome our segment in Alaska is. You get a sneak peek at some of our Alaska footage in the film below. Also, check the film tour infos to catch the movie at a place near you.

Shades of Winter Trailer Online

Last season, I had the opportunity to film with an amazing group of girls for the all-female freeski film “Shades of Winter“, produced by Sandra Lahnsteiner. This is Sandy’s third film and she is absolutely killing it, providing us female athletes with an ideal platform to showcase our skiing as well as celebrate our shared love of the sport. The film shows the high level of female freeskiing today with a stacked roster of freestyle as well as big mountain athletes. You can see me skiing in a segment we shot in Haines, Alaska, this year, together with Sandra Lahnsteiner and Matilda Rapaport.

Shades of Winter premiered on 15th September at the International Freeski Film Festival (IF3) in Montreal, Canada. The next screening is during the IF3 Innsbruck on Saturday, 5th October. Don’t miss it!

In the meantime, check out the Shades of Winter trailer here:

 

Filmfest St. Anton

„Berge – Menschen – Abenteuer“ so lautet der Untertitel des Filmfest St. Anton, das nach zwei erfolgreichen “Außenterminen” in Wien und Kufstein in der letzten Augustwoche (28.8 – 31.8.13) bereits zum 19. Mal wieder in St. Anton am Arlberg, im stimmungsvollen Arlberg-well.com, stattfindet. Vermittelt von Filmen begeben wir uns wieder auf die Suche nach Naturerfahrungen, Abenteuern und Herausforderungen. Das Festival präsentiert sich dieses Jahr ganz europäisch – Szenegäste aus Italien, der Schweiz, Frankreich, England, Polen, Deutschland und Österreich werden erwartet.

Ich bin dieses Jahr erstmals beim Filmfest St. Anton als Moderatorin dabei, und darf unseren Film “Lorraine. Freeriden am Arlberg zu G-Dur” gefilmt von Hanno Mackowitz präsentieren.

Einen Schwerpunkt der Veranstaltung bildet das Thema Frauenklettern: Ines Papert, Barbara Zangerl und Nina Caprez sind vor Ort und führen mit ihren Filmen vor Augen, dass schwere Kletterrouten keine reine Männerdomäne mehr sind.

Wann & Wo?

28.08 – 31.08.13
Das Filmfest findet im Arlberg-well.com statt.
Hannes-Schneider-Weg 11, 6580 St. Anton a. Arlberg

Anfahrt:

Mit dem Zug nach St. Anton a. Arlberg und dann zu Fuß in 5 Minuten zum Filmfest
Mit dem Auto: A12 bzw. S16, Ausfahrt St. Anton a. Arlberg. Bitte beim ausgeschilderten Parkplatz parken.

Tickets:

Abendkarte: 13 € (erm.: 10 €), Wochenkarte: 35 €
Karten-VVK in allen Raiffeisenbanken, beim TVB St. Anton a. Arlberg und unter www.stantonamarlberg.com

Samstag, 31.08.

Beginn: 20 Uhr

“Lorraine. Freeriden am Arlberg zu G-Dur” ein Film von Hanno Mackowitz, ca. 10 Minuten.

Alle weiteren Infos zum Programm findet ihr hier.

 

Ich freue mich auf EUER KOMMEN!

Das Filmfest St. Anton gastiert in Wien und Kufstein

„Berge – Menschen – Abenteuer“ so lautet der Untertitel des Filmfests St. Anton, das in der letzten Augustwoche
(28.8 – 31.8.13) bereits zum 19. Mal stattfindet.
Am 20. Juni gastiert das Bergfilmfest für einen Abend ab 19 Uhr im Wiener WUK. Gefährliche Kletterrouten, atemberaubende Kameraeinstellungen und viele Stars der Kletter-, Bergsteiger- und Mountainbikeszene erwarten den abenteuerhungrigen Großstädter. Diesjähriger Schwerpunkt des Filmfests in St. Anton wie in Wien wird Frauenklettern sein.

Bergluft schnuppern in der Großstadt!
Das Filmfest St. Anton bringt einen breiten Querschnitt sowohl des internationalen Berg- und Abenteuerfilms als auch der vielen bemerkenswerten Szene-Filme, die in Tirol und in Österreich hergestellt werden, nach Wien. Das Spektrum umfasst Alpinismus, Klettern und Bouldern, Mountainbiken und Freeriden. Geografisch führen die Filme von den heimischen Alpen bis hin zu den Bergen der Welt.

Ticketpreise:
Abendkassa € 13.- ab 18:00 im WUK
ermässigt € 10,- (Studenten, Schüler, Alpenverein, Raiffeisenklub)
VVK € 10,-

Vorverkaufsstellen:
WUK
http://www.wuk.at/event/id/16450
Tickets ab Montag 13.05. online

Jugendinfo Wien
Babenbergerstraße 1
Ecke Burgring
1010 Wien
Tel. +43/1/4000-84 100
www.jugendinfowien.at

Programm WIEN: www.filmfest-stanton.at. Zu sehen ist auch unser neuer Film “Lorraine. Freeriden am Arlberg zu G-Dur”, ein Film von Hanno Mackowitz.

Gleich darauf am Freitag den 21. Juni kommt das Filmfest St. Anton nach Kufstein!

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The Alaskan Reality

Now, after having had the incredible luck of four blue-bird days in a row of skiing in Haines, Alaska, I feel like my life as a skier has changed forever. The Alaskan mountains are like nothing I’ve ever seen before; skiing this terrain is completely different to anything else I’ve ever done before. First of all, the sheer size of the mountains, with their steep spines, enormous glaciers and crevasses, and ridge lines crowned by meter-high cornices completely overwhelm you. The helicopter can drop you off on the top of lines that are otherwise simply impossible to access.

Ready to drop in!

Ready to drop in!

On my very first day, my very first line, I was towed in by the helicopter and dropped off on a small pyramid-shaped peak on top of a ridge line, offering just enough space for me to get my skis on. A second later the heli and the noise was gone and I was all alone, standing there quite petrified, without time for my mind to adjust to the steepness and exposure. On top of that, there’s a film crew waiting and ready for me to drop in. In that moment I really felt like everything I’ve ever learnt as a skier, all the skills I’ve acquired and all the experience gained, would be put to the test. But I also kept calm and believed I could do it, and then I nailed that run.

Haines, Alaska, is home to the most beautiful mountains to ski in the world

Haines, Alaska, is home to the most beautiful mountains to ski in the world

Alaska makes you a better and stronger skier, especially mentally, because here there is no room whatsoever for self-doubt, hesitation or uncertainties. If you’re skiing big mountain lines here, you better know what you’re doing and you better send it, because there can be serious consequences if you don’t.

You can check out my facebook album of photos from this Alaska trip so far here.