Home moutain: Lech am Arlberg
Sponsors: Kjus, Kästle, Scott, Pieps, ABS, Garmont, Love your Feet
Favorite skier: [url=http://www.wepowder.nl/nieuws/girlpowder-ingrid-backstrom-21-08-1978-seattle-usa]Ingrid Backstrom[/url] and Candide Thovex
Lorraine was born in Lech, right in the middle of the Alps. Her dad was a ski instructor, so no wonder she started skiing right away! She was in ski school a lot as a kid, but surprisingly she doesn’t have a racing background like many other pro’s. At the age of 8 she moved to Torquay, Australia. But luckily she got to go visit her dad on her summer holiday (our winter) for 6 weeks every year.. So lots and lots of skiing as a kid! Lorraine went to college in Vienna and Innsbruck to study business. She has also passed all her ski instructor degrees. She is a fully certified Ski Führer and also a snowboard Staatliche.
I was lucky enough to set up an interview with her over skype. Topics we discussed were life as a pro skier and how to achieve that. We also had a long chat about competing in the FWT (see part 2 this interview). Lorraine is currently in Torquay, Australia after having competed in a few comps in New-Zealand. And very successfully, [url=http://skilori.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/3rd-place-at-the-nz-freeski-open/]she was 3rd in the NZ Freeski open.[/url]
Only 5 years ago Lorraine would never have actually thought she would be a pro skier. That was never really her plan, she kind of rolled into it. This of course does not mean she hasn’t worked super hard to achieve this! Coz it sure doesn’t sound easy to me! So how did she achieve this? After university Lorraine set up her own freeride center in Sölden. She organized freeride camps, which she also guided as a ski führer. As a coordinator of the Kästle Adventure Tours, Lorraine still enjoys coaching and directing programs such as the Skeena Heliskiing Camp in Canada or the Women’s Freeride & Yoga Camp in Lech, Austria. Lorraine is a fully certified ski mountain guide and hence one of the most experienced and qualified female big mountain skiers in Europe. If you can’t wait to ski with her, your best chance is to join one of her [url=http://www.kjusklub.com/en/Events/events.php]freeride camps with KJUS[/url]. These camps combines yoga and freeride. The level is people who want to check out powder, off piste and freeride. So you don’t have to be a pro to ski with a pro!
She entered her first competitions in 2004 and 2005. At that time she started to receive product support from Atomic and Mammut to cover travel costs. In 2007 she took the big decision to go pro. She now has had 2 seasons of serious competing.
Lorraine: [i]“I really like competing. It is a good way to improve your skiing. I used to be super nervous for a competitions, when I just started. I just wasn’t fiscally and mentally ready for them, I guess. Nowadays I work all year round towards the completion. My training is pretty much year round. Training is so important is you want to compete at the highest level, but also to prevent injuries.” [/i]
Schedule of a pro skier:
Aug-Sept: competing and training in NZ
Oct-Nov: off snow training: strength and plyrometrics
Dec till mid Jan: on snow technical ski training, twice a week strength training, recovery training
Mid Jan-April: competing (and filming)
Any advice you would like to give young riders?
Lorraine: [i]“Ski as much as you can. Look at videos of riders you like. Find out what you like about their style and ask yourself how you can incorporate this in your own skiing. Ski with people who are better than you, push yourself! But don’t push yourself to hard at once. It is possible to push your fear level up. For example cliff jumps, start small and build it up, build up your confidence. Make sure you stomp the landing and you can go big on a small jump, then move up. That will set yourself up to success, instead to fail.”[/i]
If you could choose between skiing with men or girls both at a top level, what would you choose?
[i]“Definitely the girls. I mean, I like skiing with the guys. But when you ski with girls that have the same ability, it feels like a bond. We both made it to that level in a male dominated industry. It can be inspiring. But to be fair, I mostly ski with guys. It is good to train with people who share the same goal.[/i]
Even though competing is her main focus, it is definitely not her only one. As you guys sure have picked up by now, she is also starring in the girls only ski movie ‘As we Are’ (insert link trailer).
How was it to film a girls only movie?
[i]It was cool and fun, but also hard work. Us girls made all the decisions. We choose the locations and made sure it was safe. That was a really good challenge, and I loved it! Normally the guys make the decisions. A lot of girls can’t make these decisions, they don’t have the qualifications. That made the project really meaningful. Also it was a tough snow year. The snowpack was super unstable with a lot of weak layers. Because we were all girls, it was a totally different atmosphere with other dynamics.[/i]
Join us to see [url=http://www.wepowder.nl/nieuws/19-november-wepowder-filmavond-0]the premiere in Amsterdam[/url] on the 19th of November. Due to other obligations Lorraine unfortunately won’t be able to make it.. But rumor has it that some else from the all girl cast will be joining us.. And yes I have also interviewed her! So next week we’ll find out what it takes to make a ski movie.