2017 freeride world champion skier Lorraine Huber from Lech am Arlberg, Austria, is retiring from the Freeride World Tour (FWT) after 8 seasons of competition. “I’ve had 8 intense and unforgettable years on the FWT and I am very happy to end my competition career on such a high” says Huber.
During the past 2018 season, Huber dominated the fourth tour stop in Fieberbrunn in Austria with a win, followed by a second place at the Xtreme Verbier in Switzerland, the final stop of the FWT, placing her in third place overall. In 2017, Huber achieved her ultimate dream of winning the World Champion title. She also became runner-up champion in 2014. She was awarded Vorarlberg Sportswoman of the Year in 2017 and received the Golden Medal of Achievement in Sport from her home state of Vorarlberg, Austria.
“Lorraine Huber is one of the best female skiers we’ve seen on the Tour, winning a World Title and demonstrating one of the strongest characters and commitment to her sport. Lorraine has been a major actor in the sport’s progression, she has shared her passion, and is now willing to pass on her experience to future generations, which is fantastic. Thank you Lorraine!” says Nicolas Hale-Woods, CEO of the Freeride World Tour.
Although Huber is retiring from competitive freeriding, by no means does this suggest retirement from professional skiing; “I want to put all my energy into new projects now. It’s especially important for me to pass on my knowledge and experience in the sport of freeriding to future generations – particularly to female skiers. To this end, I plan on expanding my women’s freeride camps in Lech am Arlberg. I will also be busy with the production of ski film projects. My next big goal is to complete my master’s degree in mental strength coaching at the University of Salzburg. This will enable me to coach athletes professionally in reaching their full potential.”