Shades of Winter Athletes | Nadine Wallner

To celebrate our sponsorship and the outstanding female athletes involved in the Shades of Winter free ski project we sat down with each of the athletes to chat through what the film means to them and what inspires them to get out every day to unleash their remarkable.

First up in the series is professional freeride athlete Nadine Wallner. After taking to the Austrian slopes at tender ages of three years old Nadine new that Skiing would be mean everything for her. Beginning her career as a racer but quickly changed to freeride as her father was a mountain tour guide allowing here easy access to unexplored mountain territories where she could push her skills without limits.


“I think that the mountains and skiing make me open minded and get the real values of life” 


Born:  Klosterle at Arlberg, Austria

Biggest Achievement: 2-time Freeride World Tour Champion

Ski Focus: Freeki and Mountaineering


Check out our interview to learn more about Nadine:

Q. What is your life motto?

Nadine. Flexibility to accept things as they are and not as they would like to.

Q. What was your first experience of skiing?

Nadine. At the age of three I began on boards, which meant the world to me. Traditionally I grew up as a ski racer but as my father was an experienced mountain guide I joined him on many tours which allowed me to broaden my skills. I learned at an early age the different types of skiing and grew to love them all.

Q. How did you meet Sandra Lahnsteiner and become part of the Shades of Winter project?

Nadine. I know Sandra from skiing and she asked me one day with Mel if I want to be part of the Shades family, it didn’t take me long to say yes, being part of this great thing.

Q. Where has been your favourite place to ski?

Nadine. My home mountain the Arlberg. Stuben at the Arlberg. Where I grew up!

Q. What drew you to freeriding?

Nadine. I guess it was the endless, calm and splendid mountain world where I could free my mind and join time in nature without thinking. The life and the world is rushing too much.

Q. Describe how it feels to carve fresh powder in the back country?

Nadine. It´s a feeling of freedom and being in the moment and the feeling to be close to nature and the mountains.

Q. Who has been your biggest inspiration in your skiing career?

Nadine. I guess I would say it was my dad. He showed me a lot of stuff and set my roots in my young years.

Q. What’s your next big goal?

Nadine. I want to do more steep skiing stuff, progress my self more in alpinism. And getting some projects filmed with Sandra for Shades of Winter.

Q. What advice do you have for someone aspiring to get into freeriding?

Nadine. Spend as much time out there in the mountains, get experience and never stop doing what your doing, the rest will come itself.


Follow Nadine’s adventure over on her Facebook page.


Stay tuned for the next athlete feature in the Shades of Winter series.

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