Arlberg: The top 4 Female Ski Guides – Do you know them?

Did you ever book a female ski guide at the Arlberg? Or in general?

I am sure there are a lot of excellent 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 essential to delivering 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. Therefore, people who want to become an Austrian certified ski guide need to follow all the Austrian Snowsport Association’s steps. 

To pass all the steps from the first level in ski instructing to a fully certified ski guide. 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, who I think are fabulous skiers and outstanding characters and who provide the best service you can find on the mountain. 

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 passionate 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 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 experienced 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 and a series of experimental ski films by Austrian filmmaker Hanno Mackowitz. She won the ‘Best Freeride Female’ film award at the International Freeski Film Festival (iF3). 

The ski instructor’s daughter from Lech am Arlberg, Austria, is a UIAGM ski guide, Level III ski instructor, and a sought-after freeride coach in Austria. Each year, she runs the trendy ‘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 isIn addition, 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 for 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. She works as a hiking guide in the summer and shares her knowledge and experience 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 pretty flexible and adaptable. She is a 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) 

I also would like to introduce myself as I am a female ski guide based at the Arlberg.I am Nina Gigele, and I want to engage you through our passion for skiing.

I am a passionate skier and started my career in a traditional Austrian way, ski racing, although I had to stop ski racing due to an injury. During my recovery, I finished level one in ski instructing, starting my career as a ski instructor and freeride/ski guide. After that, I became a fully certified ski coach (C Level) and started working for the Austrian Ski Team and other great Racing Teams. Besides that, I became a fully certified ski instructor, and I also got the opportunity to travel to NZ, Canada, and around Europe to learn from different ski schools worldwide. For 5 years, I have been running my ski school at the Arlberg and providing luxurious moments through great ski adventures. Find more information here. 

Why do I want to introduce those amazing power women?

These incredible women are faithful power women and strong. Each individual has their 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 excellent and very experienced female ski guides at the Arlberg helps you make decisions. 

Who will be your following 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. 

Photo credits: Nina Gigele and all the female ski guides provided pictures. 


2 thoughts on “Arlberg: The top 4 Female Ski Guides – Do you know them?

  1. Daryl Swenton says:

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