Athletes & Guides

We are excited to announce an all-star line-up of world class athletes who will be in attendance at this year’s Alpine Academy. Come out and learn from the best!

  • Ines Papert

    Ines is an inspirational athlete and person who, in the last ten years, has been setting new standards for ice/mixed, rock and alpine climbing. She worked hard to become a four time Ice Climbing World Champion in difficulty. She has won 3 World Cup Overall Titles, and she completed the first M11 ascent by a women of the infamous route, Mission Impossible.


  • Stian Hagen

    Stian Hagen grew up in Oslo, Norway, and skiing has been a part of his life since he could walk. At the age of eighteen, he moved to Chamonix and quickly ticked off the classic extreme skiing lines, including the Mallory route on the north face of Aiguille du Midi, the Couturier Couloire on Aiguille du Vert, and the East face of Matterhorn, just to name a few. Stian is a UIAGM guide and former FWT competitor.


  • Luka Lindič

    Luka is a slovenian alpinist and one of the most promising of his generation. For his young age, he already has achieved ascents on famous routes and succeeded indifferent expeditions including K7 west, Bhagirathi IV/III/II and Hagshu north face. One of his favorite climbing partners is Arc’teryx team mate Ines Papert.


  • Katy Whittaker

    Katy has been a climber for as long as she can remember. Her favourite experiences have always been the easier trad climbing adventures on the big sea cliffs and mountains with close friends.


  • Jacob Slot

    Jacob’s telemarking exploits have taken him to some of the most remote spots on the planet, from 8000 meter peaks in Tibet, to the Wakon region in Afghanistan. He has skied major mountains in Peru, Columbia, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Spitzbergen, Japan and has numerous first descents throughout the Alps. Using the Austrian ski resort St.Anton am Arlberg as his base, Jacob continues to spend as much time as possible in Patagonia.


  • Maciej Ciesielski

    Maciej was born in the flattest area of Poland, luckily his physics teacher, a great alpinist and person, inspired Maciek to climb. He became a UIAGM guide and a Chamonix resident.

  • Matthias Scherer

    Born in Frankfurt Germany, Matthias grew up not exactly inthe right place to become a professional iceclimber or alpinist. 1993 he moved to the Alps, the year he started iceclimbing.


  • Paolo Marazzi

    Paolo’s partents introduced him to skiing, hiking and climbing when he was little, by now he’s totally addicted to being in the mountains with friends. Paolo is a telemarker, skier, climber and UIAGM guide aspirant.


  • Seb Mayer

    Seb works as a self-employed ski, snowboard and telemark instructor in Verbier, Switzerland. He participated in some great competitions like the Derby de la Meije, a long-distance downhill ski race anf won the telemark division four times.


  • Florian Reichert

    Trail, Cross Country, Mountain, Road, Track & Field … Flow loves to run in all these terrains and disciplines – as long as he feels challenged and close to nature. As a former track & field athlete Florian focused more and more on trail and mountain running.


  • Silvia Moser

    Silvia grew up in Cortina d’Ampezzo and skiing has been an inspiration since her youngest age. She is a professional freerider and loves to challenge herself not only during the Freeride World Tour, but also on backcountry trips. Every day out is a search of new experiences and and exploration. In 2015, Silvia won a FWT stage in Haines, Alaska.

  • Tanja Schmitt

    Tanja Schmitt grew up in South Africa before the family moved back to Germany/Frankfurt. Induced by the climbing spirit of her twin sister, she soon found herself on steep mountain faces. The unknown and unpredictable of each mountain trip fascinated her. With her then boyfriend, now husband Matthias Scherer, she followed the call of winter to Chamonix, where she began ice climbing and alpine mountaineering.


  • Jesse Huey

    Jesse is constantly training for the most beautiful, difficult, remote, technical faces in the world. Be it rock, ice, or mixed she loves them all. In the last several years she free climbed El Capitan in a single day, mixed climbed M11, put up first ascents all over North America, Asia, and Patagonia and repeated one of Alaska’s most difficult grade 6 routes.


  • Heike Schmitt

    Heike Schmitt grew up in South Africa before the family moved back to Germany/Frankfurt. Induced by the climbing spirit of her twin sister, she soon found herself on steep mountain faces. The unknown and unpredictable of each mountain trip fascinated her.


  • Isabelle Santoire

    As a French Canadian, Isabelle grew up in the extreme winters of Quebec. It wasn’t until she came to Switzerland, 20 years ago as a teacher, that she discovered the high mountains. She is now one of just 16 women in France to have made the mountains her home as a professional mountain guide and member of the UIAGM.


  • Paul McSorley

    On his first ever day at the cliffs Paul realized he had found his calling. For the last twenty years he has practiced all types of climbing all over the world. It doesn’t matter if he’s doing trad, sport, blocs, ice, mixed, alpine or aid, Paul just loves getting outside with his friends and going climbing


  • Will Gadd

    Will Gadd, also known as “Captain Adventure,” loves doing mountain sports in the same way that a black lab loves chasing tennis balls. He’s won numerous national and international sport climbing competitions, the X Games for ice climbing (three gold medals), the world cup for ice climbing and many other competitions. Will shares his adventures through writing, TV shows (more than 100), presentations and as a coach and guide.


  • Johannes Hofmann

    Johannes started skiing at the age of 4 on the snowy hills around Innsbruck. Until he saw MSP´s ski movie 1, starring Shane McConkey and Seth Morrison ripping steep and deep powder, he didn´t really like skiing. After competing in many big mountain competitions, Johannes focused more on touring, ski mountaineering and skiing off the beaten track.


  • Ptor Spricenieks

    Ptor is a legend. Coming from Canada, proud of his latvian roots, Ptor is a skiing world traveller. Over 70 premiere ski descends over 50 degrees, you bet he can ski steep! Noteable premiers have been Mt Robson N Face Canada (1995), Cerro Yaypuri Bolivia (2002), E Face Sarapo Peru (2011) Col des Pichettes France (2004), Shina Face Geshot Peak Pakistan (2014), Ulysses Last Stand Pic de L’Homme La Grave (2016). And La Grave is, where he is based since a couple years. We are happy to have him in the team!