Crowned Swiss Champion and Junior World Champion when she was just 17 years old, Marie embodies a determination to succeed that is rare in someone so young. In fact, when we mentioned her age back then, she didn’t mince words. “I can’t wait till I’m 18, so I can take on new challenges! In the higher categories, the competition is a lot tougher.”

Clearly an athlete with a competitive streak and a taste for pushing the envelope, and with a second Junior World Champion title under her belt, Marie is firmly established as a benchmark in her category, ready for the next step in her career.

Hailing from the village of Morgins, where skiing is a way of life, she began competitive downhill skiing in childhood. By her early teens, however, she was already itching to get out of the slalom gates – the backcountry, with its chest-deep powder was beckoning. Laurent de Martin had long been one of her role models, but as freeride skiing was not yet an Olympic sport, there was no Swiss Freeride Federation to support a move away from downhill racing. Marie wasn’t about to let a little thing like that stop her though. With the help of her father, who now doubles as her trainer and agent, she struck out on her own to conquer the freeride circuit.

Is Marie looking for extreme challenges like Valaisan Jérémie Heitz from Les Marécottes, who skis the world’s steepest slopes? On the contrary, she claims to want to follow her own path. “I am more interested in backcountry freeriding and not just steep slopes”, she says, admitting to a healthy fear of potential injuries. It’s clear she’s not just a thrill-seeker, but a serious athlete who recognizes her limits and is determined to progress.

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