I am immensely proud to be working with the companies I present to you here, some of which I have collaborated with for over 13 years now. The following companies have something in common: they all strive at creating the highest performing and quality products and services for their customers, and follow what they do with passion! What should I say? We’re a good match!
Bergans of Norway dates back to 1908, when Ole Ferdinand Bergan invented and patented the world’s first anatomical backpack. His idea to “dress up” and stabilise the backpack turned out to be the start of an adventure that has evolved over 100 years. Today, backpacks, functional outdoor clothing, sleeping bags and tents are part of the portfolio of Bergans of Norway, as well as the ALLY brand of packable canoes. The company is well known for their innovative approach to business; high technology and “green values” influence all parts of how the business operates. This valuable characteristic has also won the brand international recognition and several awards worldwide. Today, the company is the market leader of the outdoor brands in Norway and is among the world’s leading manufacturers of advanced outdoor equipment and functional clothing.
I couldn’t be more proud to be the official freeride testimonial for Lech Zürs since 2012. Lech Zürs am Arlberg is not only where I grew up and where I discovered my passion for skiing, it just happens to be one of the best ski areas worldwide. The Arlberg is characterised by typically heavy snowfalls, a huge variety of terrain with an intelligently thought-out lift system, beautiful villages each with their own character, the highest standards of hospitality, and a strong ski tradition of more than 100 years. I couldn’t imagine a better place to base myself, train for contests or produce our next ski movie.
I started working with Kästle – a highly specialised ski manufacturer from Austria – in 2008. The majority of Kästle’s skis are produced in Vorarlberg, a mere hour away from home. Performance and technology have top priority at Kästle, which is shown through the high-quality, modern yet timeless design of the skis. Kästle strips away the gimmicks and gizmos that plague many commercial skis resulting in advanced and elegant ski designs that deliver uncompromising performance. It is very special to be part of the Kästle family and to be involved with developing the new range of freeride skis.
So, I admit it: I used to see cars simply as a way to get myself and my belongings from A to B. Now that I’m driving an Audi quattro however, I know better. I love driving my Audi for its incredible driving dynamics in all situations and in all seasons: it makes driving really fun, especially on the winding mountain roads I’m frequently on. My Audi also makes long trips a lot more comfortable, and the permanent four-wheel drive from Audi gives me the decisive plus in safety too. Now I find myself happy to drive instead of feeling like I have to.
SCOTT is my longest standing sponsor and a true player in the freeride market. Their employees love freeriding – both skiing and biking – and produce state of the art products tailored specifically to the needs of freeriders. SCOTT has me covered with goggles, helmets, ski poles, body protection and sunglasses.
Strolz is an institution in Lech and stands for the pioneering spirit of a whole region. Founded in 1921 by Ambros Strolz senior, the former shoemaker’s workshop is now a company with 150 staff and 7 stores in Lech, Zu?rs and Stuben. The Strolz sport and fashion store in Lech am Arlberg is one of the world’s top stores and a stay in Lech isn’t complete without a visit here. Strolz is looking after me by keeping my gear perfectly tuned as well as providing me among other things with state-of-the-art insoles for my ski boots as well as other footwear.
Dalbello is an Italian ski boot specialist founded in 1974 by Alessandro Dal Bello and located next to the mountains in Asolo, Italy. Dalbello is the only manufacturer that produces every single boot in its own factory.
With new technologies and fitting systems, Dalbello will elevate performance and comfort of the ski boot to the highest level. Product advantages, continuous victories in all disciplines and ambitious marketing efforts will make Dalbello one of the best selling ski boot brands by 2020.
Roeckl Sports is a specialist glove manufacturer from Germany, founded in 1839 and boasting over 175 years of family tradition in the art of glove-making. Through their wealth of experience and their undivided focus on gloves, the Munich-based company today owns numerous patents, exclusive materials and processing methods, which have made them the market leader on the sports gloves market, both in terms of quality and quantity. With great enthusiasm and lots of passion, they develop and manufacture perfect gloves for cycling and horse-riding, cross-country skiing/biathlon, Alpine skiing, Nordic walking and – last but not least – for multisport/outdoor activities.
Since Pieps made the world’s first 3-antenna beacon in 2003, they have continuously redefined the market in avalanche rescue with true innovations to reduce complexity in an emergency. Hailing from Austria, Pieps can look back on 40 years of experience and know-how in developing premium products of the highest standards, always in collaboration with professional mountain guides, mountain rescue teams, instructors and scientists. For the best and most reliable avalanche rescue equipment, look no further!
At Black Diamond, it’s all about climbing and skiing. Their strength lies in the fact that they’re a company of users: Black Diamond employees climb and ski with a passion and push themselves to create the best gear possible. Black Diamond has me covered for all my technical climbing gear needs.
Marc Todesco from Verbier Massage Reboutage has me covered with his very own brand for everything to do with supplements. I’m excited about this partnership because Marc is so motivated and leading a healthy lifestyle is his passion. Organic and high-quality supplements you can trust! Check out his website by clicking the logo above, as well as www.facebook.com/NUTRIMZIZE.
The Olympiazentrum Vorarlberg provides me with a variety of key services including the use of training facilities, group athlete training, physiotherapy, massage therapy and sports performance diagnostics. Having these opportunities is especially important for me as a freeride athlete, since our sport has no structure, trainers or organisational body whatsoever.