Sep 30, 2015


While our days now start getting shorter, I'm proud to present two trailers to you.

Our movie 'PROFILE - characters on skis' by Midiafilm just got the 'movie of the year' award at the iF3 festival in the AM category, which makes us quite proud. I joined them for two fun trips to Gressoney last season - we had lots of snow, tasty pizza and funny sessions.

Gressoney - (c) Hans-Martin Kudlinski
Here is the trailer to our new movie, which will be shown at the AlpCon CinemaTour during the next months.

Here's an other cool project of a good friend of mine ( Our this seasons movie is called 'Triangle' and is produced by FreeRidersLife and Artisual

Tomorrow my new season will start in Hintertux ... see you guys up there.

Mar 16, 2015

FWQ 3* at Silvretta Montafon + some short News

Last weekend was a pleasure. ;)

Some good friends and I have been competing at the FWQ 3* event at Silvretta Montafon - beautifull weather and snow conditions waited for us... it was a weekend full of good and hilarious moments.
At the day before the competition, we rather skied some fun runs than spend much time on a proper facecheck. But still after the ridersmeeting, we used our photos to scope a nice line for the competition.
Photo: mia*knoll/
Photo: mia*knoll/
I chose a line in the middle of the face, got a little stuck before my third feature, but ended up winning the event - I was really happy to to share the podium with my team buddy Olle Regnér and congrats to Kristoffer Turdell for a really sick run!
After some bad luck at the previous comps, it was a big relief.

Here is my winner run:

After the competition, Me & The Fools stayed in Montafon to work on our 4th episode.
We built some BC booters and also filmed a little in the Nike Snowpark Montafon.

Right now, I'm sitting in the car on our way to do some filming for Midiafilm. Here are some screenshots of our last trip ... talk to you soon.

Feb 21, 2015

You & The Fools


I wanted to introduce you guys shortly to a new EpicTV series  by El-Flamingo which is called 'You&TheFools' - the first episode features Neil Williman, Pete Oswald, Sven Rauber, Flo Preuss and me.

The new year started with a heavy load of fresh snow, so the first day of shooting at Silvretta Montafon was all about collecting some faceshots in the woods - nothing better to wish for...

Some days later the skies open up and we had a great time above the trees. Sven and I look for some natural hits, while Neil and Pete hiked a cool couloir.

Pete Oswald sumed up the shooting days quite on point: "Filming with the El Flamingo guys on Episode 1 of You&The Fools was just bloody good tomfoolery, we pulled fun out of every minute, but I think we skied good too!"

So I'm proud to present Episode 1 to you, enjoy:

Last week, we (Max Kroneck, Simon Wohlgennant, Thomas Kigle and I) went back to Silvretta Montafon - 5 days of shooting, 5 days of bluebird. ;)
Finding some untracked lines wasn't possible inside the resort, so we used our skins and hiked into some untouched zones.

Episode 2 will drop soon, so watch out... here are some impressions:

Note: Meanwhile the 2nd Episode is also online - here it is ... lean back and enjoy. ;)

Nov 9, 2014

Chasing Powder - Trial and Error!

Hi guys,

In March 2014 the snow conditions in most parts of the alps were far from perfect. So we decided to go on a roadtrip and search for some fresh powder. 'Chasing Powder' tells the story of living in a motorhome for two weeks, camping next to the road, exploring the backcountry, building jumps, hucking cliffs and pure freedom!  The search brought us south. We spent most of the time cruising around the Italian Dolomites - have fun watching it:

"14 days of straight skiing have never been more fun!" - Jochen Mesle -
"Does it get any better than just beeing guided by the pleasure of skiing?" - Max Kroneck -
"For a trip like this you need the right crew. That`s what we had for sure!"  - Julian Zenzmaier -

Directed & produced by Johannes Müller & Philipp Becker (El Flamingo Films)
Still Photography: Rasmus Kaessmann

We also already had a lot of fun at the world premiere of Whiteroom Productions new movie 'Trial and Error'. I'm proud to say, that it is the funniest freeride movie I ever saw. 
Here is your chance to have a good laugh:

Thanks for stopping by,

Jun 25, 2014

short Season Review in pictures


because the last blog post was full of words, this one will be focused on some photos and clips, which sum up my season pretty good.
After coming back to Austria (after my surftrip to Tenerife) the season started as usual with the Film Festivals, some park skiing and fun windlip sessions.

We also had a quite successful online release of our El-Flamingo movie on EpicTV - if you haven't seen it yet or want to look at it again you can watch it here:

Shooting an advertising clip for Rollei Actioncams.
First film trip to Italy for Drawing Lines and El-Flamingo - finally some powder.
Day 1 of ISPO.
Day 2 of ISPO.

Heaps of snow at the first competition in Engadin.

Filming for Whiteroom.

Equipment for the two week long El-Flamingo roadtrip.
BC kicker session in the Dolomites.
Having some fun while filming.
Inrun to the BC kicker ... wanna go back!!!
Back to Austira... finally back on the podium at a competition: FWQ 3* Kitzsteinhorn.

Hiking ... it was worth every single step.
... and back to park skiing in slushy conditions.
Second last run of the season (06.06.14).
Last run of the season (03.07.14).
Now it's time to finish my Master's Degree, afterwards  for a 7 week long surf trip and then its already fall and I'll be back on skis.

Thanks for stopping by,

An insight into my mind... (contest season review)

Well, let's start this blog with a quote of my good buddy Jules 'The King':
"What I'm thinking a lot at the moment is how much of a mental thing competition skiing and also how mental filming can be..."
I have been thinking a lot (maybe too much) about my approach to skiing this season, so I decided to try to put some thoughts down and give you an insight into my mind here (Sorry, I wasn't able to cut the text - there are a lot of thoughts filling my brain, as you might know, ha ha)...

My contest season started in Engadin with tough conditions in the Face -not for having fun, but for planning a contest run: it was a picture book-like day, huge amount of fresh powder and a cloudless beautiful day. The 'problem' was, that the landings of the cliffs in the lines that appealed me most were to deep. ;) So I ended up looking at the face for 3 hours to find a creative alternative (2 airs at the top, followed by a nice sized backflip and two possible outruns depending on how clean my backy is stomped), instead of having fun in the powder and started to ask myself if it is worth it to 'give away' such a nice day for one contestrun. 
I hiked to the top to drop in at around 2.30 pm ... unfortunately with an empty battery in my helmetcam so I have no footage of my run. The thing is I was pretty satisfied with it except for my bottom air which I backslapped, so after a nice final run at the Corvatsch North-West-Face after the comp I was kind of bummed about hearing my score (6,4 out of 10 points). But without an external footage it's hard to judge your own run, because there are a lot of mixed feelings while doing a comprun. 

Next stop was in Hochfügen, my most favorite event. I planned a really cool line over some months before the comp and was really looking forward to try it at the contest day. But as it turned out and everyone knows, northern Tyrol has been absent of huge snowfalls this season, so my bottom cliff wasn't an option anymore which was pretty demotivating. 
Next plan... my old line from the year before, when I ended up 7th. 
Went too big at the first hit... lost both skis... no score.
360 in Hochfügen (c)
0,1 seconds before the no score ...(c)

So ... "What tactic should I use for the next comp?" was the question I asked myself and my friends ... decided to try to ski 'with the handbrake on'. Adjusting my riding just to have a higher possibility to get a good score was a hard first step for me. Those thought jumped back into my mind just some seconds before the takeoff of my planned 360 at the 3* event in Axamer Lizum, so I slowed down and fucked up my trick. Bad mindgame? 

Two days after the comp I returned to the face and redid my run two times with full speed and way cleaner... 

backflip in Kappl (c) Guy Fattal Photography
Next weekend, next comp, next tactics? 

Planned to ski the face in Kappl as I would do it for fun or while filming (a small 360', a backy and a mid-sized 360)... clean first trick, tried to do a really slow backy at the big standard cliff to stomp it clean in the tricky landing section... did a too low set up turn, ended up being too slow (which I knew right before the flip, but it's really hard to change the plan in a blink of an eye before the takeoff)... crashed, lost a ski and broke my bindings in the next turn ... no score.

After more or less four unsatisfying comps my mind was fragile. 

Is it worth it doing the Freeride World Qualifiers? (which takes a lot of time, money and it's hard to film or do trips besides the comps)

Is it worth it to change my riding, just to have a higher chance of stomping everything totally clean to get a good score?
Is it worth it to stop trying to progress the Freestyle part inside of Freeride competitions?

To land a cliff or even a double- or triple-cliff clean is somehow different to stomp a 360, a 540 (like Patrick Baskins) or even a 720 (like Fabio Studer) clean of a fair-sized cliff.
While doing that you take a high risk to your score (not a high risk to your safety, which must be prevented) so I still have the opinion that it might be worth it to ease the score here a little. 
Because being creative even in Big Mountain lines is what true Freeriding is for me... meaning on the one hand skiing creative, highly technical lines or on the other hand doing creative tricks out of natural hits.

And seeing guys having a different approach in competitive skiing than in filming or just freeriding for fun, makes me kind of sad, even when they are just thinking about changing their approach.
In every contest the choice of the face and the kind of judging should be suited for every rider - so everyone has the chance to win, while being true to themselves and not adjusting the riding to the judging.

After those ups and downs... the El-Flamingo guys and I (also with Jules and Max on board) started our two weeks long roadtrip into the Southern Alps. I has been two awesome weeks, which have been really important for me to clear my mind and get as stoked on skiing again as I used to and want to be.

After the trip I headed to the next comp in Silvretta Montafon, one of my most favorite resorts! There was a 'last minute' face change, because the originally planned 'Hochjoch' face was too sunaffected.
But the Zamangspitze-Face has also a huge potential for a comp, so I planned a nice, safe line for my run. While hiking up, I noticed that the conditions are, not as anticipated, quite good... decided to do a big 360 at a totally blind takeoff, because I was keen to try it ... couldn't stomp it clean... 18th place.
Was it worth it?
I think so ... ;)

But, for the last two comps, I think that I've learned my lesson and tried to try ;) a more mellow approach...
After winning last year, I finally ended up on the podium at the X OverRide at Kitzsteinhorn again. After breaking my pole at the takeoff to my 360 in the super soggy snow, I managed to land a backy and two more cliffs and got rewarded with the 3rd place.

A week before the final comp this season in Obergurgl (4*) I injured my lip pretty bad with my knee - It was too bad, because I finally started to feel happy with my skiing and was really motivated for the last comp.
So I grabbed my full-face helmet, skied a safe line and ended up 10th.

Well... for next season I started to work together with a mental coach to become the master of my mind. ;) ... I'm gonna be prepared and motivated, ha ha!

Cheers and sorry for stealing your time,

Jan 19, 2014

still waiting...

Hey guys,

well... as the title says, we're all 'still waiting' for the winter to come in here in Tyrol.

But it has still been a very fun time up there - so here are the first impressions of my season for you.

For me, the season started with some park skiing and many fun windlip sessions at our local glacier resorts. I put together a little edit two months ago, so if you haven't seen it yet or want to watch it again ... enjoy ;)

Afterwards, it started to snow a little. But it was always connected to strong winds - so we still don't have an acceptable and stable base here. This brings us to my next edit with the same title, haha.
'#2 - still waiting -' includes some shots form the last two months here in Tyrol and some b-shots from the first two days of shooting for El-Flamingo and FreeRidersLife, where we went to Italy to catch some powder:

The lack of snow here also caused the organizers to postpone the first Freeride World Qualifier in Axamer Lizum, which I wanted to attend, so let's hope for better conditions next Saturday at the FWQ 2* event in Kappl. I'm really motivated to start into the competition season, so bring it on winter ... ;)

Talk to you soon...