Big Mountain skiing
1st place St Moritz Engadin Snow 2009
3rd Place NZ Open Big Mountain 2014
1st Place Verbier Freeride Week 2* 2015
Date of birth
Rock Climbing, Sailing, Gliding
“Never say no to a good opportunity”
Professional skier, climber, and qualified pilot & structural engineer- "Never say no to a good opportunity".
Fraser spent his early years in Wellington learning to ski in the club run ski fields in Canterbury NZ during the winter holidays. Relocating to Wanaka (central South Island) at the age of 11 skiing soon became a major part of his life taking up race training along sides Jossi & Byron Wells.
Competition skiing started for Fraser in 2005; a number of podiums were made during the following years including New Zealand champion for his age group for Slope style, Half Pipe, & Big Mountain before traveling to Europe in 2009 to land his first international result, (Engadin Snow Invitational, St Moritz 1st Place). Shortly afterward he suffered a major injury in Verbier including a broken jaw, cheek bone, nose, and major tooth damage. During recover Fraser signed up for an engineering degree and is now a qualified engineer. Fraser is also active in his community volunteering at the local airfield and taking a place on the board at the local Ski Club assisting with sponsoring local athletes and young beginners, and providing coaching. His skiing style is smooth and fast with a mix of freestyle tricks.
What is your favorite ski in the Collection?
Why do you like this ski?
The One has very little classic camber grounding you to the snow. The tip and tail rocker is a dream in soft snow and the ski is surprisingly versatile.
What conditions do you use this ski for?
Freeriding in the ski resorts in any conditions.
What other skis in the collection do you ride?
V-Werks BMT 109
Can you tell us a little about each pair of skis, and about what sort of conditions you use them for?
I recently skied in Bolivia climbing and skiing high peaks around the city of La Paz, the V-Werks were light weight, great for climbing, and held there own on the ski down in some variable condition
What about bindings? What bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
Marker jester - I typically mount my bindings at +3 or 4cm from the Volkl reference mark.
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
10 - 12
Home mountain: Treble Cone
Your Height: 178cm
Ski hero growing up: Seth Morrison
Ideal day in the mountains: Good snow, good friends, and a helicopter thrown in for good measure.
How would you describe your style: Fluid and fast.
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career: Engadinesnow 1st place 2009 (then shortly afterwards I broke my jaw, nose and extensive tooth damage in Verbier)
Favorite place to ride: Verbier (Europe) Treble Cone (NZ)
Best snow trip: Japan with the Legs of Steel crew in 2014
What age did you start to ski: I can't even remember (very early)
What cant you live without: music
Favorite phone App. Snapchat
Goals and plans: Compete in the FWT, incorporate sailplane flying and skiing in a ski edit, travel to far out places, make a ski edit to be proud of.