About me

Name: Manuela Mandl

Julbo White Session – Volcanic Kingdom / Iceland 2017

Manu by Klaus Polzer

Place: Innsbruck, Wien/ Austria (Portrait in “Madame Wien“)
Sponsors: Berghaus , Julbo Eyewear, SP Bindings, Furberg Snowboards, Zanier Gloves , Pieps, Contour , Mawaii

Supported by the Viennese Ski Club – WSV since 2015

Contact: manuela.mandl@gmx.net

Feel free to contact me if you wanna talk about cooperations or have any questions!

Follow me on Instagram: @manuelamandl

Find me on facebook: Manuela Mandl Winterlife

Snowboarder Freeride Worldchampion 2018, Winner Verbier Xtreme 2022, competing in the FreerideWorldTour 2017/2018/2019/2021/2022, Category Snowboard Women. Qualification through the FreerideWorldQualifierSeries Europe(2016 and 2017). Injured during season 2020. Resignation from full time competing 2023 (Reportage in “Die Presse“) Have a look on my Rider Profile with the Freeride Worldtour.

Viennese “Sportswomen of the Year” 2018

Passionate about splitboarding, alpinism, surfing, mountainbiking and architecture. Interested in politics, feminism, empowerment for the Outdoors.

Experienced in giving talks about snow safety, movie projects, females in outdoor sports and mental health in competitive sports.

Enrolled at the Academy of fine arts Vienna/Master of Architecure (currently on hold)

Ambassador for Protect Our Winters Austria/Athlete Alliance, Exploristas.at, Platz für Wien, LEA – Lets’s empower Austria

Participant of Sister Summit 2022


Born, raised and still living part of the year in Vienna, I was lucky enough to spend all my winter vacations as a scholar in the mountainrange called ‘Schladminger Tauern’ in Styria/Austria. My family owns a holiday hut there, and we kids would race the local bottom lift from dusk till dawn.

At the age of 14 I changed from skiing to snowboarding and fell in love with that feeling of flowing free, despite blue knees, a bruised butt and multible heavy crashes during my first attempts.

Aged 16 local friends took me along to snowboard down the South Wall of Dachstein, which is the most eastern Glacier of the Alps, through the Schwadrinn route. That run included a mandatory drop at that time. I was scared to death snowboarding in No Fall Zones, didn’t own the right equipment, but after the first round wanted to go up again immediatly.

I was hooked by the greatness of mountain scapes up high, the exposure to the elements and the immersion during powder turns. In those moments, when I’m in a big line or cruising a turn, I feel free and completely present in the moment.

Over the years I aquired a profound knowledge about mountain safety, avalanche risks and alpinism through a diverse range of courses with different mountain guides, saac camps, ISTA and courses at university.

It always was a big part of my efforts during winter to go into competing on the FreerideWorldTour , where I enjoyed travelling to remote places with a tightly knit community of international riders sharing the same passion.

At the same time I always produced movies and edits trying to inspire people to explore the great outdoors during winter, but also sharing and explaining my views of the world. Sometimes it is more to find answers for myself, than to please any audience. Recently I’m working on movie projects grasping the essence of personalities from different generations in the outdoors.



Edits on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/user9839746

One response to “About me

  1. Hi there! Thanks for liking my posts and giving time to my blog. You have a great blog and the photographs are just amazing. It must be great living in a country full of snow. It was nice meeting you, looking forward reading your posts.

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