Did you ever book a female ski guide at the Arlberg? Or in general?
Well, I am sure there are a lot of amazing female ski guides, but not that many people know them.
As I am a female ski guide, I think it is necessary to support each other, and that’s my intention to share this blog article. I want to introduce all the incredible ladies who provide exceptional service to their guests. Each female ski guide has her individual qualities, which are essential to provide safe adventures and great value. Based at the Arlberg, and that’s why I share with you the top 4 Female Ski Guides – Do you know them?
How to become an Austrian certified ski guide?
First of all, there is no differentiation between females and males. People who want to become an Austrian certified ski guide need to follow all the steps which the Austrian Snowsport Association requires.
To pass all the steps from the first level in ski instructing to a fully certified ski guide, it takes some years. If someone wants to follow that professional path, it includes lots of training, workout, and focus towards the end goal. Besides that, it’s fundamental to work in a ski school and get the experiences you need when reaching the highest level.
Who are the female ski guides at the Arlberg?
Arlberg: The top 4 Female Ski Guides – Do you know them? I want to introduce you to some fantastic female personalities, whom I think are a fabulous skier but also outstanding personalities and who provide the best service you can find on the mountain and besides.
The first person I would like to introduce is Angelika Kaufmann. She was born and raised in Zug, Arlberg. Want to know more about her, check out her website.
Angelika Kaufmann also known as Geli
As a daughter of a passionated mountain guide, she started skiing at the age of 2. Since then, she got injected with the spirit of skiing. The typical Austrian way through racing and the ski-instructor exams brought her to the point where she is today. A ski guide in Lech am Arlberg. She loves the variation that skiing has, like racing, coaching, freeriding, but found herself in Freeski mountaineering.
Situated in Zug/Lech am Arlberg, she works as a professional ski instructor and ski guide. She is one of a few professional female blasters and works for the avalanche commission in her hometown. She has good knowledge about the snow, and it’s attributed, she keeps up with the latest skills, she follows her instinct, and maybe that’s the reason why she is mostly one step ahead.
“Being in the mountains and its grateful nature with all its challenges makes me happy, and I feel honored to live my dream out there.“ (Geli, Kaufmann)
Moreover, I’d like to introduce a lady who is a true power woman in the Freeride scene. Her name is Lorraine Huber.
Freeride Skier and Skiguide Lorraine Huber
2017 Freeride World Champion skier Lorraine Huber is recognized as one of the most athletic and most experienced female big mountain skiers in the world today. She is a long-term competitor in the Freeride World Tour and has podiumed over twenty-five times at international freeride competitions. Lorraine has been featured in ski films by Warren Miller and Shades of Winter, as well as in a series of experimental ski films by Austrian filmmaker Hanno Mackowitz. She is a winner of the ‘Best Freeride Female’ film award by the International Freeski Film Festival (iF3).
The ski instructor’s daughter from Lech am Arlberg, Austria, is a UIAGM ski guide and Level III ski instructor and a sought after freeride coach in Austria. Each year, she runs the highly popular ‘Women’s Progression Days’: a freeride camp for women to improve ski technique and risk management in the backcountry.
She also co-founded and managed Austria’s first-ever freeride school, the ‘Freeride Center Sölden,’ for five years. Lorraine is a presenter at film festivals, a columnist for a freeride magazine, and works as a professional speaker. Fascinated by the mental side of her sport, Lorraine is currently studying a Master’s degree in mental strength coaching at the University of Salzburg.
There is one more female ski guide I’d like to share with you. The guide’s name is Geli Häusl.
The local skier and mum Geli Häusl
Geli is a true powerhouse as she is managing her family but also running her ski school. She is an entirely Austrian certified ski instructor and ski guide located in the heart of the Arlberg. Geli gained her experience in professional freeskiing in different countries such as Iran, Alaska, Argentina, Nepal, and Scandinavia. The mum of daughter Jana obtained view podiums on freeride contests and skied for great film productions. In the summer, she works as a hiking guide and shares her knowledge and experience about living in the mountains. Her unique selling point focuses on her great experience, especially the local knowledge about the Arlberg and the areas around. She is quite flexible and adaptable. She is very authentic and emphasized personality.
Geli’s quote fascinates and motivates her community and me.
Skiing is her passion, and mountains are her life! (Geli Häusl)
Why do I want to introduce those amazing power women?
These wonderful women are true power women and strong. Each individual has its personal unique life story, and they know how to push them forward. Besides the excellent ski skills they all provide, they manage their company and also educate them continually. The clients who ski with them are fully satisfied and usually ski with them for a long time. Their skills, empathy, authenticity, and knowledge are their USP.
To come back to the question, I asked at the beginning:
Arlberg: The top 4 Female Ski Guides – Do you know them? Did you ever book a female ski guide?
I hope the introduction about tremendous and very experienced female ski guides based at the Arlberg helps you with your decision making.
Who will be your next ski guide or ski coach/instructor? Maybe a female one?
Let’s get out of your comfort zone and ski with a female ski guide. The goal is to have fun and improve your skills. It is all about experiencing a luxurious moment of life, the joyful adventures.