Looking for a versatile female skier? Then you have to keep your eyes focused on Janina Kuzma, who is definitely one of the most versatile female riders on our planet.2009, she won the NZ Freeski Open in the Halfpipe as well as in the Big Mountain category, the latter one for the fifth time in a row! Freeriding still might be her strongest discipline as the 25-year-old delivered a series of top big mountain results placing 3rd overall on the Freeride World Tour in 2011 and 3rd at the Verbier Extremes. Among other reasons, her top rankings can be ascribed to the fact that Janina is one of the lucky cast of people who spend the whole year in the snow. Depending on what season, she either lives in her adopted hometown Wanaka in New Zealand, in Fernie in British Columbia or she is traveling the world to experience another fascinating mountain region.
Her interest in our whole planet dates back to her childhood days. She was born in Australia, lived in exotic places like Borneo and learned skiing at the age of five in Austria. The naturalised New Zealander has a twin sister, Maria, who is one of the world’s best freeride snowboarders. Janina’s biggest goal is still on two boards, however: The title of the Freeride World champion.
What Marker bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
I use the Marker Jester 16
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
Favorite skier: Hugo Harrison / Ingrid Backstrom
Ski hero growing up: Jen Ashton
Home mountain: Cardrona Alpine Resort
Ideal day in the mountains: Pow, Pow, Pow unlimited and shearing it all with my friends.
How would you describe your style: Aggressive
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career: Canadian freeski champ, Red Mountain
Favorite place to ride: Europe, NZ
Best snow trip: The Ride Guide Switzerland
What age did you start to ski: 5
What cant you live without: Chris
Favorite phone App. Angry Birds
Goals and plans:Keep freeriding and pushing the limits. See where this Pipe thing will take me…2014 Olympics