Isabelle Hanssen Laax She can Ski Sunday

She can Ski Sunday: Isabelle Hanssen

In Lifestyleby sheandski

Picture above: Photographer: @haluxvisions (Halux Visions)

Isabelle Hanssen


  • Age: 24 years
    Three #hashtags that describe you:#skiing #passionate #athlete
  • Where can we find you:
    Summer: Cardrona, Wanaka, New Zealand.
    Winter:Laax, Switzerland (This winter)

1. Where does your passion for skiing come from?

When I was about 12 years old my dad took me, my brother and sister on a ski holiday to Val Thorens in France, which we continued to do every year for one week. That’s when I fell in love with skiing, it just felt natural to me, something with sliding on snow made me feel whole. I did a freestyle clinic at one of the indoor domes, and that’s when my life changed, getting to do that first 180 and box slide was the start of an entire lifetime of chasing that same feeling. After focusing on only rails for a long time I entered a halfpipe contest as a joke, that ended up being really fun and making me want to do it more, I felt myself improve every run. Very quickly it became a full time addiction, I wanted to do it more and more and I could never get enough.

2. How is your summer vs. Winter?

I never really escape winter; it’s always on my mind. On any given day, even in June, it’s likely that I’m planning, preparing, training or recovering. I usually spend my summers over in New Zealand, chasing the snow. I try and spend as much time in the snow as possible. Fotograaf: @haluxvisions (Halux Visions)

Isabelle Hanssen - She can Ski Sunday

3. What are your dreams for the next four years?

My main goal is to ski as much as possible, to reach my full potential and become the best skier I can be. One of my dreams is to compete at the Olympics, so my focus is on 2022. Besides that I really want to promote freestyle skiing in The Netherlands, to help the community grow and create more support for the skiers here. I hope to one day manage the Dutch freeski team, and support them in a way that all they have to focus on is skiing. Because I know how hard it is to do it all by yourself.

4. What should not be missing in your backpack when you go skiing for a day?

Definitely a banana, because it gives me energy when I need it and when I don’t want to sit down and take a break haha.

5. How do you stay fit during summer?

I promised myself a while ago that I would do anything I can to reach my full potential. Training and nutrition is a big part of that. I train in the gym year round, in the off season I focus on progression, getting stronger, faster and better. And during the winter season it is about maintaining those things. So whenever I’m not on the mountain you will likely find me hitting the gym.
Photographer: @haluxvisions (Halux Visions)

Isabelle Hanssen Laax Freestyle Skiing

6. Freestyle skiing is your thing! How so?

I never meant for skiing to become my ‘Job’ I was just following my dreams and doing what made me happy. It wasn’t until I started halfpipe skiing that I realized I could actually do this full time and make a career out of it. Being from a country that offers absolutely no support for freestyle skiing it’s extremely difficult to compete on a high level, it all comes down to you. Your dedication, your work and your ability to figure things out. So far I’ve been managing quite well haha, but it isn’t easy. At the moment I’m taking some time off from competing to focus on progression, because it’s very difficult to both compete and progress with the budget and time that I have. Hoping that by doing this I can take my skiing to the next level, and when I return to competing I will get even better results.