“Living in the mountains is an outstanding enrichment to my life. I am thankful for the possibility to be out there and to be a part of it. In addition to taking part in international freeride competitions, I truly enjoy sharing my experiences and love for winter sports by guiding and coaching” – Liz Kristoferitsch
Flow Snowboarding had the chance to connect with Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Liz Kristoferitsch and discovered where the foundation for her love of the mountains came from. You don’t really have to look too far beyond where she grew up. Kristoferitsch grew up with a big family in Graz, Styria in Austria. Freeriding and mountaineering are the two main passions of life for Miss Kristoferitsch.
What was life growing up in Austria like?
“I truly love these intense moments filled with nature, freedom, emotions and the elements. There is a feeling about this place with its long term friendships that is hard to compare. I really enjoy my current life in the Dalaas village at Arlberg, and I also feel comfortable in Innsbruck where I have lived for almost ten years.”
What do you consider to be your home mountain?
Since I´ve been living at Arlberg for so many years, it is the place that I know best. I love to ride here.
What is your current snowboard set up? Boots, Board, Bindings? Do you switch it up for park and powder?
My freeride setup consists of Flow’s Hylite Focus boots, NX2-AT bindings and Rad Air Tanker 162 Board. I rarely switch and stick to my favorite set up.
Do you listen to music when you snowboard?
Sometimes I enjoy the sounds of the snow, sometimes I do listen to music. I kind of like to have one ear plug playing music. When it´s music it is either rock, punk, or very relaxing tones.
Did you start skiing first or has it always been snowboarding?
It is a family tradition- as a child at the age of three you are put on skis. In 1992 I was allowed to make my own choice and bought a snowboard, a decision that influenced my life a whole lot.
Where was the first place you went snowboarding? How old were you?
At the age of 14 at Niederalpl, a small ski area in Styria. My friends and I all had boards but no clue about how to ride. It was quite a task but at the end of the day I had managed riding the t-bar and doing some turns. That made me really proud. For the next week every single muscle ached, it was so worth it.
How was the winter in Austria this past winter?
Last season there was little amount of snowfall throughout the whole winter. Knowing where to go in the area was necessary to get some good turns. Still, I had some very good days in Austria riding powder. Only two hours south the amount of snow was tripled, so it was a good idea to go there some days.
For somebody planning their first snowboarding trip to Austria, what resorts should they definitely check out?
Arlberg, Austria and Maloja, Switzerland
What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?
Hot springs are fantastic.
Where is your favorite place to travel, not related to snowboarding?
I love quiet places near the sea. I’ve discovered Asia has such a great beach life.
What do you do during the summer months, in the off season? Do you chase the snow or take a break?
My winter starts in November and lasts until May of June. In between I take a break for relaxing and summer activities like mountain biking and hiking. Some days I go up the mountain for blackberries and I can take time to visit my family, which is hardly possible during the winter season.
You are a seasoned veteran to competing in freeride contests. Do you still nervous during contests?
I used to be very nervous, could hardly eat a bite before my run. During the years I have developed routines on contest days that help me to concentrate better and be less nervous. Anyway, with the first turn any nervousness is gone and I enjoy the ride.
The competition podium are a familiar home for you. How much does placing in competitions matter to you?
Standing on the podium is always special and a great honor for me. Every year the field becomes stronger. The challenges continue to get bigger in freeriding. Standing on the podium after a competition feels good. That experience is worth a lot in the world of freeride competitions.
You took a trip to Mongolia last year. Tell us a little about your trip.
In May 2013, I was part of an expedition to the Tavan Bogd mountain range in Mongolia. Hiking and skiing in this remote area where Mongolia boarders China and Russia turned out to be an amazing experience. Read more about Kristoferitsch’s Mongolia Trip: lizkristoferitsch.com/freeskiingmongolia/story.html
What kind of activities and hobbies do you have other than snowboarding?
For a change I love skiing as well as mountain biking and hiking. When I am home I enjoy cooking, reading a good book and a glass of good wine.
Any words or thoughts you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support?
Thank you for your amazing spirit!
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