kOnneX: the ski film

The time has come! Our new experimental ski film kOnneX by filmmaker extraordinaire Hanno Mackowitz with original ?sound design by Marcus Loeber is now online, free of charge! Take five minutes ?timeout and immerse yourself in powder snow. 

Ski films present perfect sequences, everything looks so easy and elegant; the line, the conditions and the skier’s skills, everything is in perfect harmony. That’s why it is easy to forget how large and difficult a task it is to make all the elements come together perfectly.

The real attraction to the sport comes from the relationship between the rider, his or her skills, and the environment, which when combined, make for exceptional experiences in often cold and hostile surroundings. kOnneX is the continuation of last winter’s experimental film Lorraine. The Movie. Unlike other ski films, this film’s focus is on the perfect interaction between the individual elements of snow, ski and skier, and the resulting fluidity when these elements are connected. The film doesn’t require dialogue; the long-lasting impression is forged in the sound effects and music, which have been composed specifically for this film.

Make sure you plug in some good quality speakers or earphones to get the full experience. 

 

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!

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!

Filming for Shades of Winter

I started filming for the all-girls ski movie “Shades of Winter” at home in Zürs am Arlberg this week. Janina Kuzma from New Zealand joined me here to film some big mountain lines, cliff drops, powder turns and pillow lines. I’m really excited to be part of this project since filming for the all-girls ski movie “As We Are” in 2010. Although we haven’t had significant snow falls at the Arlberg during the past 10 days, the cold temperatures and windless weather have preserved the snow beautifully. There was a lot of sluff in the bigger lines with very stable conditions. Filming this week also provided me with ideal training for the upcoming comps in March.

Check out some of the photos on my facebook page.

 

Women’s Freeride & Yoga Camp 2013

I’m really excited to let you know that together with my outerwear partner KJUS, I’m directing the Women’s Freeride & Yoga Camp this winter from 27  to 29 January 2013 in Lech am Arlberg. Bookings are now open on the KJUS World website! The all-inclusive camp is directed at advanced female skiers. This year local ski guide Geli Häusl will be guiding and coaching with me. There are going to be 14 spots available so grab your spot now.

And to get you in the right mood, here’s a video from last year’s camp:

New Partnership with Lech Zürs Tourism

I’m really happy to announce that I’ve just signed a contract with Lech Zürs Tourism making me their official freeride testimonial for the next 3 years. From next winter on I’ll be sporting the Lech Zürs Arlberg logo on my helmet and beanies and working closely together with the marketing department regarding all marketing activities geared towards freeriders and off-piste skiers. Representing the region where I grew up and learned to ski is a dream come true for me and one that makes me very proud.

Tourism director Hermann Fercher with Lorraine Huber (c) Lech Zuers Tourism

 

Women’s Freeride & Yoga Camp in Lech

The Women’s Freeride & Yoga Camp with KJUS and Kästle Skis from 18 to 20 March this year was a huge success! I was very proud to welcome the 12 participants who had applied for 2 days freeriding in one of Austria’s best freeride areas, Lech Zürs am Arlberg. When I first started directing women’s camps in 2007 it was hard to get a group of female skiers together, now we had two fully booked groups of ripping women, raring to go! Local Hero Geli Kaufmann and I guided the women during the camp and many new friends were made.

Women's Freeride & Yoga Camp

Lots of new friends were made at this year's Women's Freeride & Yoga Camp in Lech

A lot of the participants were experienced off-piste skiers and also enjoy ski touring, but only rarely with other women. It is a great experience to ski in a female-only group, the group vibe is incredibly supportive and hugely encouraging, a perfect environment for learning new skills and improving confidence. The camp this year focussed on skiing some great runs together and honing off-piste skiing technique. Participants were able to test the newest KJUS jackets and Kästle freeride skis. A guided Yoga session was offered for optimal recovery the following day, and participants really enjoyed the wellness-area and good food and wine in our Hotel Kristberg. We were even accompanied by professional camera man Carsten Darr for a day, check out the video below! I hope to make next year’s camp even better so sign up to my newsletter to stay informed.

Check out photos of the camp here.

Amazing powder at the Arlberg

Today was one of those very special powder days. It snowed 50 cm on top of a decent base in the Arlberg region during the past 24 hours, the deepest powder we’ve had since around 3 years. Although we were a large group of 9 riders – some friends came up from Innsbruck – we skied a lot of excellent runs in the lower elevations (below tree line) in St. Anton where the stability was good. I took my longer and wider Kästle BMX108 in 188cm out today, a good choice for today’s conditions where you could just point your skis and haul arse.

Waiting for the St. Christoph chair to open this morning during avi control work

 

Martin stoked after landing a sweet backflip in the pow pow. This pic was taken before the big dump on Saturday.

 

This week, I’ve really enjoyed skiing the shorter and 4mm narrower FX104 in 184cm, a wood/metal laminate ski, light, regular camber, long side cut (the radius feels longer than 26m). I definitely found it easier to turn in tighter terrain and the ski felt really lively and gave me great control. A really noticeable difference to the BMX108 is how much easier it carves on the groomers.

Kästle FX104

The Kästle FX104 in 184cm

 

On the last run today I dropped a cliff and landed in a big bomb hole, smashing my knee into my jaw. I had to get 4 stitches under my chin which sucked, but knee/teeth/tounge are all good so I got lucky! Skiing again tomorrow!

Winter is on!

Last week it snowed up to 1 meter from the northwest – the ideal weather direction for the Arlberg region – winter is on! I’ve had some great days skiing with the girls at Stubai Glacier and first off-piste runs in St. Anton with Stefan, Björn and Geli. My legs feel really strong and snappy, without the quad burn I typically have at the start of the season. For my first day skiing off-piste again I used my Kästle BMX108 in 188cm, a ski I know well and use for competition. This week I’ll be testing the new Kästle FX104 in 184cm, I’m curious to see how the shorter length will suit me. I’ll report back to you here.

The snow in St. Anton on Saturday was surprisingly good and what we like to call “creme cheese”: a rather compact yet soft snow layer which carries a skiers weight easily, so no breaking through to rocks. Right now I’m mainly focussing on good technique and keeping my weight over my skis. I’m trying to keep the pace high and ski all the way to the bottom of the run without stopping, something I have to do anyhow if I want to keep up with my skiing buddies Stefan and Björn. We were lapping “Bachseite” in St. Anton, perfect terrain to get your freeride legs back. More soon!