Freeskier Magazine article

Stoked to be featured in this awesome article on Freeskier Magazine! Thank you Erika Dahlby!

“Conquering Mountains: These 5 ladies are on a quest for a never-ending winter”

“In the search for an endless winter, these ladies have traveled all over the globe, looking for that last bit of snow. They’re living the dream, usually traveling between hemispheres and working where it’s convenient to ensure they have the ultimate shred season.”

“Hanssen has her sights set on competing in halfpipe during the 2018 Winter Olympics for her home country of the Netherlands. When she’s home in Holland, which is very little, she skis at one of the indoor ski domes. She spends most of her winters in Breckenridge, Colorado and travels to Cardrona, New Zealand for the summer. She’s currently ranked 14th in the FIS world halfpipe standings and with her dedication we’re sure to see that number head upwards.”

Check out the full article here

Today was such a good day!! ☀

Een foto die is geplaatst door Isabelle Hanssen (@isabellehanssen) op

FIS Continental Cup

With only a few days of training back in the halfpipe we started off the southern hemisphere season here in New Zealand with the FIS Continental Cup at Cardrona.

It was a 3 run final, with very challenging and changing weather.
I was very excited to be back competing and it was definitely a good warm up contest for the NZ Freeski open, which is happening in about a week.

I landed two of my safe runs but unfortunately caught an edge on my 3rd run. Luckily my safe runs were good enough to grab 2nd place! Stoked for Keri Herman for grabbing 1st place and Britt Hawes in 3rd place.

Photo by Ben Read

Photo by Ben Read

Photo by Ben Read

I look forward to the NZ Freeski Open, and hopefully will have had some more training by then.
Thank you Snow Sports NZ for organizing a great event!

Dutch Cup tour and Dutch Championships Big air

The Dutch Cup tour is a series of slopestyle and big air events, held at several indoor domes. Besides the winners of each event they also have an overall tour ranking. Your 5 best results will count for the overall ranking.

The Dutch Championships held in Laax Switzerland are also part of the tour. This year the weather was really bad, so we only got to compete in slopestyle. Halfpipe was canceled and Big air was moved to the Dutch Cup finals indoors.

So this past weekend I competed in the Dutch Cup Slopestyle Final and the Dutch Championships Big air.

I managed to win both contests and also win the Overall Dutch Cup tour for Woman freeski.

Shot from the big air contest. Photo made by Jascha Vd Wijden.

How the AFP rankings work, and how I went from 8th place to 21st.

As some of you might have seen in my earlier post back in February I was ranked 8th on the AFP Halfpipe world ranking. I wanted to take the time to explain to you how I ended up on the 21st place at the end of this season.

The AFP ranking system works like this. You have an overall ranking that is based on your top 3 Halfpipe and top 3 Slopestyle results in the last 52 weeks. Then for both disciplines there is a separate ranking based on your best 5 Halfpipe results or 5 best Slopestyle results.

Because not many girls compete in Halfpipe on World Cup level, if you compete (even if you get last) you always get a fair amount of points. So if you compete in all of the high ranked events the chances are at the end of the season you will be ranked in the top 25 on the AFP Halfpipe world ranking.

Because the Dutch ski federation decided at the beginning of the season all skiers had to prove themselves World Cup worthy. I was not allowed to compete in World Cups.
So I missed out on some really big events and missed a lot of points that other girls were gaining.

Even though I was not allowed to compete in World Cups I managed to fight my way to the 8th place in February. I did this by winning a few of the smaller competitions and making top 10 in silver and platinum ranked events.

After this the Federation decided I had proven myself and they allowed me to compete in World Cups. I was already back in the Netherlands and did not have the budget to fly back to America to compete in the Park City Grand Prix World Cup. So Again I missed out on a lot of points and was going down in the ranking.

There was one World Cup left in France and I managed to find the funding to go there and compete. At the end of January I got sick and had multiple throat infections. While still fighting this illness and not being able to sleep my body wasn’t competition ready. Because of this I wasn’t able to perform at my usual level. I ended up in 14th place in France. (I’m getting a tonsillectomy in about a week).

I missed out on a lot of points because I did not have the budget to continue traveling to competitions in Canada and America. This is why I ended up in 21st place (and a 13th place in the overall ranking). So basically when I ran out of budget my ranking went down.

I’ve talked to the AFP about this and they are considering changing the ranking to taking only 3 of your best results. So that people with a smaller travel budget can still get a fair ranking. Because now if you compete in 4 or 5 platinum events and end up last you get a higher ranking than someone who might compete better but can only do one or two.

I hope that from now on I will be able to compete in all high level competitions so I can end up with an accurate ranking next year.

Two Days in laax – Isabelle Hanssen

Two days of riding by Isabelle Hanssen in Laax.

Supported by: OVYO, Ramp Sports, POC, DaleBoot, Yuki Threads, Pimp Hands, De Mediahub, Buitensport Four Seasons, La Resistance & Shrick.

Music: ODESZA – Say My Name (feat. Zyra)

Cinematography & Editing by Danny Warley

Two Days in laax – Isabelle Hanssen from Daniel Warley on Vimeo.

Dutch Championships in Laax

To end the season I headed over to Laax Switzerland for some training and to compete in the Dutch Championships.

I decided to compete in the European Freeski Open in slopestyle, just for fun!
Here is a shot of me and Giulia Tanno at the top of the course!

Also got to meet up and ride with my Pimp Hands teammate Alexandra Nicole!

Check out some photos of training in Laax! Made by Christian Nuessli.

The forecast had some really bad weather planned for the Dutch Championships and we were all hoping it would get better. Our first and only training day was canceled. They mixed up the schedule a little bit and were going to try to do halfpipe the following day.

That morning I got up, looked out the window.. blue bird! Got all excited and ready to go. Then when I got to the gondola everyone was there standing around. The wind gusts on the mountain were so extreme all lifts were closed. We waited around for a few hours hoping it would calm down, but unfortunately it didn’t.

Waiting around for the lifts to open!

Late that afternoon the blue skies disappeared and made room for some snowy clouds.. snow.. snow and more snow was heading our way.

The next day all competitions were canceled again.. so we went to find some pow!

We went to the riders meeting on Thursday night, with only one day left to hold any competition. The weather was looking really nice for the next day.
Because most of the Dutch riders train slopestyle all year the priority was the slopestyle contest. Laax promised to clear the course and remove all 3 meters of snow. Halfpipe and big air got officially canceled. I was very bummed because I was there for the halfpipe contest but decided to compete in slopetyle as it was the only contest that was being held. (also snowboard parallel slalom, and boarder cross were held that week).

Slopestyle course

I was very happy I was there to represent our sport in my category. I hope as we continue more Dutch freestyle skiers will start competing.

Then it was time to go home! Get healthy, train and work!

Tignes World Cup

After a great 2,5 months in the US and ending the trip with a amazing result (9th) in the Grand Prix in Mammoth (read the article here sorry it’s in dutch!) It was time to head home. After spending a little less then 2 weeks at home I hopped on a airplane to France.

I spend one week in Meribel 3 Vallees hoping to get some Halfpipe training in before going over to Tignes for the SFR Halfpipe World Cup. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on my side and I ended up only being able to ski pipe for 2 days. But the guys from the DC Area 43 park were very nice, they even kept the halfpipe closed to public on the two days!

Finally the weather cleared up and I got to ride this amazing halfpipe!

Then it was time to go to Tignes.

Got to meet up with my friend Laila for registration! Due to some mixed up schedules and some delay registration was all jokes and giggles!

Me and Sabrina at our first training!

Lots of fun skiing with all these amazing girls!

Unfortunately I couldn’t pull it together for the qualifications and ended up in 14th with a messy run. Definitely not happy with it because I know I can do better. But like they say better luck next time! And there will be a next time :) I’ve had a great season and I’m not letting this one contest put me down.

Now I’m in Laax Switzerland training till the Dutch Championships!

Artikel De Gelderlander – Op doorreis naar de wereldTop

Bedankt De Gelderlander en Thijs Stevens voor het artikel!

8th place on the Association of Freeskiing Professionals world rankings!

Moved up to 8th place on the world ranking list!

Isabelle Hanssen bereikt top 10 positie op wereldranglijst

Het talent uit Nijmegen heeft dus weer haar ski’s laten spreken en mede door goede resultaten in Amerika is ze nu de top 10 met een grote grijns binnen komen stormen. Op de discipline halfpipe staat ze nu op de 8e plaats en ze was er zelf dan ook erg over te spreken. “Ja dit is echt prachtig!” Aldus een enorm trotse Isabelle. “Dit is een mooi resultaat waar ik een heleboel voor heb gelaten en waar ik hard voor heb moeten werken. Het is echt geweldig om te zien dat het zo uitpakt en zeggen dat ik ‘erg blij’ ben zou een understatement zijn, ik heb er eigenlijk geen woorden voor zo geweldig!”

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