So filmmaking is no longer an option for your professional future?
I've been making movies over and over again for 15 years now and it's partly a full-time job. And although you put all your time into the project, in the end there is little or nothing left to live on. That's why many Europeans participate in the FWT, just like I did until two years ago. In this country it is the best way to get sponsorship deals or to be able to live the sport professionally, while it is completely different in America. The freeriders get into the big film productions through their sponsors, who buy the riders from the films, and can thus professionally practice the sport. Almost all of them have the goal to participate in a big and well-known production at some point.
If I had been offered a job by MSP or TGR [both are big ski movie production companies, editor's note] during my active time in FWT, I would certainly have turned my back on the World Tour, just like Angel Collinson and Cody Townsend did when they got an offer to film. In Europe you're a successful freeride athlete if you have a FWT title or if you're in the lead, in America the title doesn't matter much, there you're a superstar if you're in one of the big movies by the likes of MSP, TGR or Sherpas Cinema.
Are you currently looking for a way out or within the ski industry?
I have the feeling that I also want to do something different, something new, and not just ski or make ski films. Skiing will of course always be my biggest passion, but I need new challenges, such as my Bachelor's degree in business administration. It takes more than just that: »Yeah, it snowed, let's go powder«. I'm looking for a new task that I enjoy very much and that challenges me in another direction and broadens my horizon.