Laura Bohleber is a truly international inhabitant of the world. After growing up in Germany, Laura spent a few of her teenage years living in the southern hemisphere in the spectacular setting of New Zealand. Her love of the mountains grew while she was down south, and she knew she wanted to live surrounded by glorious peaks when she eventually returned to Europe. Bohleber has spent the last six winters living in the Swiss freeride mecca of Verbier, and also completed her studies in psychology down by the lake at the University of Lausanne. Since breaking through onto the competitive freeride scene in 2007 with a superb second place finish at the world-famous Nissan Verbier Xtreme, Laura has continued to evolve and document her skiing all over the world. While this talented and petite freeskier has been fortunate enough to travel far and wide through skiing, she still recognizes her local mountains as some of the most stunning on the globe. Generous in character and always aware of the bigger picture, Laura recently returned from a charitable trip to Peru. Laura's journey into South America saw her and two friends climbing and skiing down three towering peaks in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, raising much-needed funds for socially deprived children and youths in the area. This season, Bohleber will be part of the Sweetshot Productions crew filming the first ever girls' freeski movie, so keep your eyes peeled for the results!
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: Our SUMMITS4KIDS project in Peru, which saw a group of us climbing and skiing down three mountains in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in Peru. We raised money for a center called CETA in Cajamarka, which works with socially deprived children and adolescents. Check out www.greenski.org/summits4kids for more details!
Q: What's the best thing about riding for a living?
A: Spending hours and hours, and days and days out in the mountains. Could you ask for a better office?
Q: Who do you enjoy riding with the most, and why?
A: I love riding with friends but I also love meeting new people who can show you their secret spots on the mountain - especially when you're discovering new spots!
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to ride, and why?
A: There are so many beautiful spots to ride on our globe. I love the forests in B.C. Canada, the high summits of Peru but also the steep faces of the Valais region in Switzerland.
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: Filming for the first European Girls Freeski movie and, as always, discovering new and beautiful places to ride.
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: I'm really enjoying the fact that more and more girls are becoming involved in the worlld of freeriding, that's really great. Other than that, I think that all of us will have to think more and more about the ecological issues that continue to approach us - the health of our planet!
Q: Have you got any plans to film a new video part, and if yes, with which film company?
A: Yes, with Sweetshot Productions.
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not riding?
A: Anything to do with the mountains: running, hiking, climbing, mountain biking. But I also love the sea.
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: The SUMMITS4KIDS project.
Q: If you didn't ride for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: Something artistic, or maybe working with kids in some way.
Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: Jumping into deep powder when the landing is so soft.