- Age: 31 years
Three #hashtags that describe you:#roomski #skiingislife #goodmemories
- Where can we find you:
Summer: New Zealand, Queenstown
Winter: Austria (Lech/St. Anton/Fiss/Ischgl/Schladming) en France (Val Thorens)
1. Where does your passion for skiing come from?
My family is a fanatic wintersportfamily since back in the days. My grandma could tell me stories about skiing on wooden skis, where they had to walk up and there were no groomers ;). Skiing for me started at the same time when I learned how to walk ;).
2. How is your summer vs. Winter?
The last 2 years I worked during the European winter for Exclusive Mountain Guiding in Lech and during the European summer for NZSki in Queenstown, New Zealand. At this moment I am living the 5th winter in a row, without any summers! Although, there were some changes last september. I changed from working for a skischool to work for a college. When I was still working in New Zealand I did interviews via Skype for jobs in Holland, and I got the job :). Funny fact: during my interview I was still wearing my skipants but with a blazer on top of it ;). Lucky for me that the colleges in Holland have a lot of holidays, so i can still go skiing for about six weeks every European winter season and then six week to New Zealand during the European summer. Good recommendation 😉
3. What are your dreams for the next three years?
My biggest dream is to ski on every continent in my life. Current status: I skied in Europe, South America and Oceanic. The next trip will be Japan, I guess. And of course Heliskiing in Canada is really high on my bucketlist.
4. What should not be missing in your backpack when you go skiing for a day?
Next to the usual, shovel, probe and first aid kid (and of course my pieps) I always bring my camera along, which is one of my new passions to try and take the best action shots there are. And when you bring your guests off-piste, they will have amazing pictures as a memory of their holidays at Arlberg. It’s all about the good memories!
5. How do you stay fit during summer?
Sports at Calipso Fit Studio! Eventhough it would only be for a few weeks in between the season that we were in Holland, then I trained there for those few weeks. Also I do have a hometrainer for the rainy days, and a race bike for the sunny days.
6. You ski all year round, do you have tips for anyone else who wants to do this?
The best option off course is to be a ski instructor, then you are actually getting paid to go skiing! In principle its quite easy to start in Austria by getting your instructor degree “Anwarter”, but when you go to a different continent you need more degrees and a few more years of experience. A good reason to ski as much as possible, when this is what you want to do ;)!