23-year-old Annika Schlachter, originally from Allgäu in South Germany, is a multi-talent in the mountains. No matter if skiing, mountaineering, biking, or climbing – Annika is all in. She is especially known for her fast turns off-piste and letting the boys only see her spray while freeriding.
At the age of 2, she already had her first experiences on skis. While in school, Annika focused on ski racing and participated in several FIS races. However, she has always had an eye on the “real” mountains and possibilities apart from the slopes. Thanks to her family, she had the opportunity to explore the mountains around her. During summer, she loves chasing down trails on her enduro bike. With the help of her brother and her dad, who are part of the ski mountaineering scene, she gained experience in ski mountaineering and discovered her love for it.
A few higher peaks in the Alps which she could summit together with her family raised Annikas’ interest in mountaineering even further. After finishing school, she accomplished the education for the Level 4 ISIA ski instuctor and she is a certified hiking guide in Tirol. In 2017, Annika started to study sports economic at the University of Innsbruck. There she has the mountains right in her backyard and can fully live her passion by exploring the mountains in all different ways. Lately, freeriding and steep couloirs got into her focus and that is where she feels home. Besides riding many trails on her bike during summer, Annika started to get more interested in climbing. Improving her climbing and technical skills gives her the ability to realize even more challenging projects in the mountains.
Over the next few years, Annika wants to improve herself even further by going on steeper projects and increasing the technical severity. In addition, she wants to participate in more freeride contests. Besides starting her master´s degree in strategic management, she also wants to become a certified freeride guide.
However, it is most important to her to have a great time with good friends and family in the mountains.
- Two year solo bike-packing trip
- 5 months Altaj traverse with own horse, camel and dog
- 3 month hunting expedition New Zealand Alps
- Jordan traverse with own donkey
- Survival training Canadian Rocky Mountains
- Maasai warrior training in Kenya