"I love the feeling of getting to the top of the mountain and being surrounded by incredible views"
I was lucky enough to be born very close to the mountains so I've been thrown on the skis at the age of 3, skiing between my dad's legs to begin with and independently the year after.
I've been racing since I was 18, when I realized I needed something more adventurous. I thought it was free-riding but quite soon I realized that the most adventurous part of this new activity wasn't the activity itself but escaping from the police as in Italy you're not always allowed to do it.
That's why I also started ski touring and mountaineering. I love the feeling of getting to the top of the mountain and being alone, surrounded by incredible views, the silence and the fresh snow.
University degree delayed my ski instructor's course, which is why I didn't get my qualification until I was 25 (quite late for the Italian standard). This, however, allowed me to get a Master's degree in Engineering, which enabled me to work in the ski industry, as R&D for Nordica to begin with, developing new technology for skis and boots, and as a product manager for Shred after, developing helmets, goggles and body protection for skiing and biking.
My first teaching experience was in Italy, working as a ski coach in the local ski club (children category). After a few seasons, I decided to leave the ski club to teach and coach for different ski schools all around the Alps, from the Dolomites, through Austria to France. This allowed me to get in touch with people from all over the world.
I fell in love with the French Alps and decided to take a gap year and stay in France for a full season… but ended up working for 7 seasons instead.