Eva Walkner - Free Ski Mountaineering

How do you prepare (in summer and autumn) for the approaching winter season?
I do training almost every day, endurance training such as climbing, running, cycling, and power training. I lift weights at a gym at least three times a week. I have a friend, Evelyn Meier, who trains at the Olympic training centre under Reini and others, and she writes out a training plan which I stick to with total strictness. And fun activities are also part of training, such as indoor climbing, river surfing, longboarding, ... On the water ramp I get that feeling of confidence ready for winter, for my tricks in backcountry skiing.

What motivates you to constantly work on yourself to be always ready to reach the summit?
The real motivation is to be able to do, through the whole winter, what I love doing the most. I mean, who has the chance to do that?! To be outside in the mountains skiing. Travelling around and seeing the world. Every day, the whole winter long. There's nothing more beautiful, and that's motivation enough for me.

What does free ski mountaineering mean to you?

For many motivated freeriders, it's crucial to have the chance to make as many runs as possible. The more the merrier. Sensory overload and experiences that last only a matter of seconds.  Freeriding itself is a form of consuming without thinking too much, without being concerned too much about the mountain itself, and with only one goal - at the end of the day to have completed as many runs as possible. When deep-snow skiing in a skiing area, the skier often doesn't give a thought to the hidden dangers there, or to nature, but in free ski mountaineering you are far more conscious and clear of the experience and the moment. Free ski mountaineering represents challenge, individuality, and environment sustainability.

Roger Schüli, Swiss top-class all-rounder: "Alpine activity up and down the mountain."

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