Shortly after qualifying for the Freeride World Tour, he decided to leave the contest scene and take on special projects instead. Over the past two seasons he has been travelling with the Legs of Steel crew and the creme de la creme of freeskiers to shoot their new movie, Passenger.
Hey Fabi, tell us, how it felt to be involved in this film project.
Last winter I turned my back on the Freeride World Tour, because I was no longer convinced by the contest format and didn't want to manage the dual burden of contests and filming – I've missed perfect filming days due to contests and vice versa. It was time to concentrate on one thing and this project made the decision easy for me. We had a really great time because we were filming over a time period of two years and had enough time to really collect great material.
Where and with whom did you travel?
I filmed the first lines with the LOS crew in Obergurgl right after my win at the Freeride World Tour Qualifier in the spring of 2014 and afterwards we went to Pitztal to look for spots – and we found some great ones.
I travelled a lot with Tom Leitner. We share a similar approach to lines and both love to hike. Tobi Tritscher, who was part of a lot of other projects of the Legs of Steel crew, came along. And then there was Alaska!
Yes, definitely. The six weeks in Alaska were incredible! The whole crew was there and we could use the heli as much as we wanted to explore the amazing mountains. I'm not usually a fan of heli rides, because I prefer to hike the mountains with my own strength, but, hey, why not see the landscape from above and then ride the sickest lines?
Did you get all the shots you wanted?
Unfortunately, the weather in Alaska is often far from perfect and there were times when we couldn't leave the cabin for days, let alone fly in a heli. But when we could go, we were ready and used our opportunity.
In six weeks I only spent 10 days in the heli, but we got so much great material, it's insane! Our filmers created a short edit for the Intersection World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, Canada, and they won. So the Alaska segment of the film is definitely something to look forward to, just like the rest of the film. I'm really happy and proud of the result!
So, now that you don’t need to plan your year around contests, what are you up to this winter?
We have a big trip planned for this winter and I can’t wait to get started. I’m already really excited, but there’s still so much to organise and prepare before we can leave.
I also passed the HGV driver’s license and I am currently remodelling an old fire truck into a kind of caravan which I will use to travel to the Middle East and the Caucasus. I really want to travel all across the globe and explore different countries – there are so many great places out there.
Who will join you?
I don’t want to give away too much, but it will be a mixed bag of international riders and friends who will come along. Here and there new riders will join. I’m sure it will be a great adventure and we will ride amazing lines.
Get a taste of the action from Legs Of Steel’s Passenger in the video below.
Watch the full Passenger freeski film now for free on Red Bull TV!