Nadine Wallner stems from the small village of Klosterle just west of the famous Arlberg region in Western Austria, where she still lives today. Thus one could say that Nadine is a natural born freerider. In her childhood years she honed her skiing skills as an alpine racer, but her father, a local mountain guide, took her out into the backcountry early on and set the tone for the years to come. Despite being only 23 years old, Nadine already holds a full degree as an Austrian Ski Instructor. Even more surprising is her impressive list of success at freeride competitions, though. While it normally takes big mountain freeriders several years to build up enough experience and confidence to be successful, Nadine Wallner won her first freeride competition 2011 and went on to win the Freeride World Qualifier events in Nendaz and at the Kitzsteinhorn 2012. Her real motivation for the lifestyle of a professional freerider, however, is her love for nature and mountains and therefore Nadine looks forward to travel the world for film and photo shoots just as much as competing on the Freeride World Tour this season. Be sure to see the results at a screen near you very soon!
- Date of birth
- Home mountain
- Stuben and Sonnenkopf am Arlberg
- Keep up the funk and have fun out there in the mountains!
- Sport- and rock climbing, slacklining, combined high-altitude tours, running, ice climbing, paragliding- enjoing the beauty of nature and mountains with friends.
2013 and 2014 Freeride World Tour Womens Ski Champion
- 1. Favorite Marker Binding
- Jester, Kingpin
- 2. Why?
- Jester gives you a safe feeling while competing and dropping high cliffs; the Kingpin is super light for touring and also a very stabel binding for all kind of skiing and conditions.
- 3. Favorite Marker Goggle and Helmet
- Big picture
- 4. Why?
- Wide open view and cool style
- 5. Why do you like being a part of the Marker team?
- Because it's a big family. They support me in all kind of ways. Cool to have them in the back, when you want to perform on a high level of skiing.
- 6. What age did you start skiing?
- When i was at the age of 3.
- 7. Biggest breakthrough in your ski career
- Freeride World Tour champion 2013 & 14
- 8. Favorite Place to ride
- My home mountain the Arlberg and everywhere where powder and great mountains are!
- 9. Your Best Ski Trip you have done
- I visited already many places with my skies, but my home mountain is just unique.
- 10. Ski destination where you haven’t been and would like to go?
- There are many places I never been and skied, but if I would have the choice I would say Himalaya.
- 11. Ski Hero/Role Model Growing up
- There are a lot of really good skiers, but the most famous names are not always the best skiers. So I would say, my dad and my brother.
- 12. What do you do when you are not skiing?
- Rock & Ice climbing, paragliding, being out there in the mountains and have fun with friends!
- 13. How do you train to keep in shape for skiing?
- Be out there in the mountains and nature almost everyday.
- 14. What can’t you live without
- Health, friends, mountains, skiing and having fun in life.
- 15. Motto/Words you live by
- Keep up the funk and have fun out there in the mountains! Nothing is impossible, fight for what you love!
- 16. Most Humbling moment
- My injury 2014, after a big crash in Alaska, I had an open fracture tib-fibula and it took me quite a long time to come back.
- 17. Favorite Social Media Channel
- Real life
- 18. Future Goals and Plans and Ambitions
- Mountain Guide Education; Attending international Freeride contests (FWT); travel and ski some steep lines all over the world.
- 19. How did you become involved in Ski Touring?
- My dad took me out there on touring skis when I was a kid.
- 20. What are your all time Favourite Ski Tours?
- Skitours with challenging ascents and fun, challenging descents.
- 21. What is in your pack when you go out ski touring?
- Shovel, probe, snowpulse airbag, chocolate, tea, binoculars, down jacket.