AS WE ARE in Lech am Arlberg

Our girls ski movie “AS WE ARE” presented by Gore-Tex® was shown in the Postgarage this Thursday in Lech am Arlberg. It was pretty funny because after having toured around with Warren Miller for 2 years to places like Boston, Berlin and Hamburg where there were sometimes over 2,000 people per show, I was so nervous! Would there be enough people there? Would they like it? Did our camera man/director/cutter Mathias Bergmann have to use that drop of me where I didn’t know where I was going…and so on. In the end there was no reason for worry, the audience loved the movie and how motivating it is to start freeriding and doing some fun airs and pillows. People enjoyed finding out more about each of the athletes and how they came to be the skiers they are today. The venue itself was awesome, the perfect place for a film night. Big thanks to my sister Tamara for these pics!

The venue in the Postgarage Lech

Our moderator Stefan Jochum was great as always, and he loved the movie 🙂

Thanks guys for coming!

Busy although not skiing

This has been a tough season so far. I’m still sick with a nasty virus, which is affecting my airways and keeping me from skiing and training. My physiotherapist Bernd Neier helped me heaps by telling me to not regard this as lost time, but as an opportunity to work on other imporant things I now have time for, such as mental and proprioceptive training. And there are lots of other things going on. Warren Miller’s 61st ski film “Wintervention” was shown in St. Anton, and I was there to have a chat to the audience to give them some behind-the-scenes insight into filming our segment at the Arlberg. It was really fun!

Warren Miller's "Wintervention" in St. Anton am Arlberg

Then it was off to the Big Mountain Hochfügen to support the girls on one of the major Freeride World Tour events this season. The conditions were better than the riders expected and the girls rode strong, showing good turns and technique. Janette Hargin impressed the judges the most with a fast, confident line, taking plenty of speed over multiple features, especially a big cliff at the end of her run.

Jackie Paaso and Maria Kuzma, 2 competitors in the BM Hochfügen

At the start of this week I too joined the rest of the winter sports world at the ISPO in Munich. Freeride sport in general was a major focal point, and rocker skis are the shit right now. Here’s Kästle skis new BMX (big mountain) line, complete with rocker in the tip and every width underfoot you could wish for.

Kästle BMX line for 2011-2012

Finding myself on the wall at the KJUS stand

AS WE ARE Film Tour

Last year we filmed our very own girls ski movie, “AS WE ARE”, which is currently touring around Europe. „AS WE ARE“ is a celebration of women’s skiing in a male-dominated world of sports where female athletes are notably absent in most ski movies. The 48 minute full-HD film is more than just great ski action in the backcountry. It tells the story of six freeride girls who started their journey as strangers and end up becoming fast friends, a journey which takes them to the best snow and backcountry terrain in the Alps.

AS WE ARE Film Tour Poster

AS WE ARE European Film Tour presented by Gore-Tex®

– Innsbruck/AUT            27.10.10, 20.00 Metropol Kino Innsbruck

– London/GB                        28.10.10, Freeski Film Festival, Clapham Grand, London

– Hartkirchen/AUT            30.10.10, 20.00 Musikschule Hartkirchen

– Salzburg/AUT            05.11.10, 20.00 SN Saal Salzburg

– Vienna/AUT                        18.11.10, Vienna Freeski Film Festival, WUK

– Amsterdam/NED            19.11.10, Dutch Freeski Film Festival, Amsterdam

– Ebensee/AUT            26.11.10, 19.30, Arbeiterheim Ebensee

– Kitzbühel/AUT            08.12.10, Special Event mit Casino Spielkapital

– Lienz/AUT                        10.12.10, Lienz

– Rosenheim/GER            14.12.10 20.00 Ballhaus Rosenheim

The Movie – Fact Sheet

Athletes: Laura Bohleber (SUI), Lorraine Huber (AUT), Sandra Lahnsteiner (AUT), Giulia Monego (ITA), Melissa Presslaber (AUT), Pia Widmesser (GER)

Producer: Sandra Lahnsteiner

Camera: Mathias Bergmann from sweetshots, Kenny Cowburn

Director and Editor: Mathias Bergmann

Film locations: Gastein (Aut), Lech am Arlberg(Aut), St. Jakob i.D. (Aut), Hochfügen (Aut), Verbier (Sui)

Length: 48min

Format: Full HD pro

Click here for all information, our trailer, and upcoming tour dates.

Girls Ski Movie “AS WE ARE” Trailer

You might have noticed that women are rarely featured in ski movies. So a year ago, five of my friends and I decided to make our own all-girls ski movie, and we’re proud to present you the trailer of “As We Are”. We traveled, skied, planned and lived together last season, visiting each of our home ski areas. The result is beautiful action footage in some of Europe’s best ski areas, and an inspiring tale of a group of girls having fun in the mountains. Get out there girls and go for it!

Athletes:
Laura Bohleber (CH), Pia Widmesser (GER), Lorraine Huber (AUT), Giulia Monego (ITA), Melissa Presslaber (AUT), Sandra Lahnsteiner (aut)

Producer: Sandra Lahnsteiner
Director: Mathias Bergmann
Camera: Mathias Bergmann, Kenny Cowburn
Editor: Mathias Bergmann sweetshots.at

Warren Miller Film Shoot @ Lech Zürs am Arlberg

Last year I was lucky enough to film a segment for Warren Miller’s “Dynasty” in the Lyngen Alps, the very north of Norway. So when Kästle told me I was to film with Warren Miller again this season, what’s more in my home town, I felt like the luckiest person on earth.

For once, snow and weather conditions totally cooperated, the film shoot from 7th to 17th March was a huge success with cold powder and one sunny day after another. My Kästle buddies Karine Falck-Pedersen and Hugo Harrisson were with me, and I found myself guiding the crew including camera director extraordinaire Tom Day and camera assistant Hanno Mackowitz to my favourite spots around Lech Zürs.

Setting up for the perfect shot. From left to right: Tom Day, Peter Mathis, Hanno Mackowitz

Hugo Harrisson shredding the pow in Zürs

The segment will touch on the long history of skiing at the Arlberg, as well as my own family history in Lech, which goes back 400 years. One of the oldest families in Lech, the Huber family resided in the “Huberhus” for 200 years, one of the oldest buildings in Lech and currently a museum.

And here's a taste of what's to come in next year's Warren Miller movie!

Girls Ski Movie

In an interview I once said that one of the things I still want to do is become involved in an all-girls ski movie. This season my chance has finally come! Sandy Lahnsteiner – fitness traininer, mental coach, ex-racer and a woman of action – contacted me in July about the chance to be one of 6 skiers in an all-girls ski movie. The story revolves around a road trip the girls undertake, each to their own home ski resorts. We will travel from Gastein, Austria, to St. Jakob (Eastern Tirol), Cortina (Italy), Lech am Arlberg (Austria), Oberstdorf (Germany) and finally Verbier (Switzerland). As well as some beautiful skiing action, the film looks at how the girls find inspiration from each other to ski the best lines possible. Our goal is to inspire as many people – foremost women, but also men – to grab a group of friends and head to the mountains for some fun skiing action!

The crew consists of:

Riders: Sandra Lahnsteiner (Gastein), Mel Presslaber (St. Jakob), Giulia Monego (Cortina), Lorraine Huber (Lech am Arlberg), Pia Widmesser (Oberstdorf), and Laura Bohleber (Verbier).

Camera: Mathias Bergmann from sweetshots, some of Europe’s best outdoor sports photographers.

The road-tripping girls from ski resorts across the Alps (pic by Mirja Geh)

Pics by Mirja Geh

Together the girls will find and ride the best lines in each of their home ski resorts (pic by Yves Garneau)

Join our fan page on facebook to follow us on our road trip. For more information about how to get involved in our all-girls film project, please contact me directly.

HIKE Premiere in Innsbruck

The Leokino in Innsbruck was bursting at the seams last night. The audience was treated to 2 special Tirolean movies: Coconut Production’s “Immer Höher, Immer Weiter” about Reini Sampl’s monoski descent of the 3768m Wildspitze (Austria’s second highest mountain), and Whatever Film’s “HIKE – A Freeride Project in the Austrian Alps“. HIKE is the finished product of some of the hardest but most rewarding freeride lines I have skied to date. Click here and here to read my blog entries about these “missions”.

Reini Sampl surrounded by his friends, who ultimately made it possible for him to climb and ski Austria's second highest mountain, the "Wildspitze", on his monoski.

“Immer Höher, Immer Weiter” which can be translated as “Always Higher, Always Further”, is a moving documentary about one man’s determination, despite all odds, and the strength of friendship which can make dreams come true.

Click here to download our movie HIKE on Vimeo for free.

Warren Miller Film Tour for “Dynasty”

November was a busy month involving travelling to Boston and being present at 11 “Dynasty” shows in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. After the first couple of shows (Hartford attracted over 5,000 people!) I lost my shyness on stage and gained a new-found confidence speaking in front of large groups of people. A great experience!

I wonder what I was saying in that photo, our MC Brent looks pretty shocked!

There were also 4 other shows to visit in Germany and Austria. All of them a great success!

I literally signed and wrote personal messages on hundreds of these posters.

The best news is that I’ll be filming with Warren Miller again this season, this time in my own home stomping ground: the Arlberg! Joining me are freeskiing super star Hugo Harrisson and Norway’s Karine Falck-Pedersen, both in the Kästle Pro Team.

More Pics from the Lyngen Alps

Here are some more stunning photos from my recent trip to the Lyngen Alps.

69 Degrees North with Warren Miller

I flew to Tromso in the north of Norway on the 24th April to meet up with the Warren Miller film crew. We are producing a segment for the next Warren Miller film about freeski mountaineering in the Lyngen Alps. The Lyngen Alps are located 500 km north of the Arctic circle at 69 degrees north latitude, the furthest north I’ve ever been. We’re too late in the season to see the Northern Lights because at this time of year it doesn’t really get dark anymore. We’re just 2 weeks out of the midnight sun, when the sun revolves around the North Pole and never goes down. The beauty of this place is hard to describe, but it certainly is the combination of the ocean and the mountains that make it so fascinating.

On the East side of the Lyngen Fjord is the Lyngen Lodge, a truly special place for ski tourers and tourists alike to discover the area. The brand new lodge with breathtaking views of the Lyngen Fjord is run by UIAGM mountain guide Graham Austick and Elisabeth Braathen. I felt instantly at home here. The level of service is outstanding, one of the best lodges I’ve ever stayed at. It is high class yet cozy. Some highlights include the great food and wine, the hot tub overlooking the Fjord and the library packed with mountaineering literature.

The view from the Lyngen Lodge

The view from the Lyngen Lodge

The Lyngen Lodge

The gorgeous Lyngen Lodge

Joining me on this trip are Kastle team mates Chris Davenport and Karine Falck-Pedersen; Tom Day, Josh Haskins and Colin Witherall behind the camera and photographer extraordinaire Peter Mathis. We are on a mission to document the beauty of this place and show what freeski mountaineering is all about.

One of the best things here is accessing the ski tours by our boat “The Spirit of Lyngen” and hiking directly from the shoreline. On Monday, which unexpectedly turned out to be blue a bird day, we took the boat to Uloya Island and hiked up to the summit of Blaatinden. The hike was 144o vertical meters and took us around 5 hours including filming.

The ski tours are accessed by boat or road

The ski tours are accessed by boat or road

Dream team Karine and Lori

Karine and me

Mountains, beach and surf: can this get any better?

Mountains, beach and surf: can this get any better?

The ski tours start directly at the shoreline

Our boat “Spirit of Lyngen” in the background

Chris Davenport enjoying the hike up

Chris Davenport enjoying the hike up

Skiing on Uloya Island from the summit of Blaatinden

Chris and Karine experiencing an incredible run at around 8pm