Virginie is Switzerland’s high-flyer on the Völkl Freeski Team.
The 28-year-old can boast numerous titles to her name, including halfpipe World Champion, overall halfpipe World Cup winner, European Open champion in both halfpipe and slopestyle, and many many more. This season she even hosted the world’s first ever girls only freeski invitational, the Nine Queens.
Following the unwritten Swiss rule, Virginie had pretty early contact with winter sports. Her parents taught the little Virginie skiing in the vast area of the Portes Du Soleil ski resort when she was only two years old. They supported her ski racing ambitions for ten years and still kept supporting her, when Virginie started park, pipe and her favourite, backcountry skiing. The biggest influence on her riding, and on her whole character as well, is her father. Considering Virginie’s great freestyle skills, he might not even be worried about his cute daughter’s favourite pastime in the summer. When Virginie is without skis under her feet, the all-rounder is a keen downhill mountain biker!
What Marker bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
I ride on the Griffon and the Squire, and mount them centered
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
Favorite skier: Tanner Hall
Ski hero growing up: Vreni Schneider & Candide Thovex
Home mountain: Châtel, les Portes-du-Soleil
Ideal day in the mountains: Powder and sunshine with my friends
How would you describe your style: Free
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career : Winning the European Open slopestyle in 2006
Favorite place to ride: Whistler
Best snow trip: Japan
What age did you start to ski: When I was 2 years old
What cant you live without: My passport
Favorite phone App: Hipstamatic
Goals and plans: To go to the Olympics in Sochi