Freeskier Sandra Lahnsteiner

“I love skiing and I love the creative work on snow with filmers and photographers, searching for great spots and trying to capture these perfect moments we are pleased to experience. Being able to share this platform of a female movie with other athletes is one thing that drives me, being able to discover the world on skis and ski at so many beautiful places around the world is like a dream coming true I not even had 15 years ago.”



Filmmaker Sandra Lahnsteiner

I love to see an idea I have in mind come to life and I simply love the creative work in the mountains with filmers and photographers. That’s how I became a filmmaker.

My Movies

After my first movie part in MADE IN AUSTRIA (2009) I put together the all girls ski movie AS WE ARE 2010.
I had additional movie parts in M-Line’s A HISTORY OF SNOW (2011) and ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE (2012) as well as in CHECK YOUR RISK (2011), FREERIDE DELUXE (2012) and SNOW COLLECTIVE (2012).
The second movie I produced was SHUKRAN MOROCCO (2012) before I started my own production company with SHADES OF WINTER.

Shades of Winter

SHADES OF WINTER is an all-female freeski movie featuring some of the best athletes while leaving their dream skiing all over the world. My goal with the movie 2013 was to show all different aspects of female freeskiing: backcountry powder in Japan, the legendary Nine Queens freestyle event, and big mountain lines in Alaska.
SHADES OF WINTER got recognised all over the world and was the only all female movie selected for the International Freeski Festivals IF3 where Matilda Rapaport, Lorraine Huber and myself got all the three nominations for Best Female Freeride for our Alaska segment.
On top the movie won the first ever ‚Femme Fatale Award’ of the North American Coldsmoke Tour 2014 awarded for the most inspiring female performance and presence.
Together with director/filmer/editior Mario Feil, beechstudios and long term friend and DOP Mathias Bergmann who already was on board of ‚As We Are’ 2010 we are working on the second ‚Shades of Winter’ movie coming fall 2014. Our goal is simply to step it up in every single aspec: skiing, cinematography, story telling, distribution and promotion. Our next movie will not just be another female ski movie and I hope we can keep inspiring.


PURE is my second “Shades of Winter” movie. sharing my plattform of “Shades of Winter” with female athletes from all over the world you can again expect high performance skiing at its best. Together with director Mario Feil and DOP Mathias Bergmann we stepped it up in every aspect of movie making. PURE will leave its footprints and get you pumped to get out in the mountains


The film BETWEEN, a Red Bull Media House co-production, filmed in Ultra HD 4K (DP Mathias Bergmann), follows me and my team both on and off the mountains and documents our overcoming challenges, adapting to difficult circumstances as well as compelling journeys and thrilling destinations. Between earth and sky, ocean and mountains, old friends and new, between daily challenges and once-in-a-lifetime thrills – follow the Shades of Winter crew on their journey around the globe. Their adventure takes the women from a volcano in Hawaii to daring descents of Alaska’s mythical giants, from sparkling waves to glittering powder – and always towards adrenaline-fuelled highs, lasting memories and true friendship.

Starring: Janina Kuzma, Julia Mancuso, Carissa Moore (surfing), Evelina Nilsson, Sandra Lahnsteiner, Matilda Rapaport* & Nadine Wallner


Coach Sandra Lahnsteiner


I love to work as a athletic / physical coach as it is both challenging myself to stay up-to-date with new ideas of sport science and to find individual strategies for high performance athletes and incredible satisfying to be part of their sucessful careers. I mainly work with top alpine ski racers like Anna Fenninger, Nici Schmidhofer or up-and-coming athlete Franziska Gritsch.

As mental coach for athletes / clients in sport & business I can combine my personal experience in extreme sport with my creativity.

education & certification

Master of Sports Science & Coaching, University of Salzburg – ÖBS Mentalcoach  – B-license coach Alpine Ski Racing



additional information

I graduated with a Master degree in Sport  Science and Coaching from the University in Salzburg. Already during my years as a student I discovered my passion for athletic and physical training and got the chance to work as private coach for at that time up-and-coming Kart driver Martin Ragginer for three years who is nowadays racing in the Porsche Mobil Super Cup.

Coming from alpine skiing myself I knew that I wanted to work with alpine ski racers. In addition to the highest possible coaching qualification in skiing (C-Trainer license) I got certified as an official ÖBS mental coach. In 2004 I started working as private coach of the talented at this time 14 year old Anna Fenninger. This was the start of a final 10 year long partnership working as individual athletic and mental coach of Olympic Gold medalist 2014 ANNA FENNINGER and winner of the Overall World Cup 2014.

Since 4 years I am also working as individual athletic coach of Austrian World Cup racer NICI SCHMIDHOFER as well as with up-and-coming alpine skier Franziska Gritsch.

As mental coach I currently work high performance athletes in Alpine Ski Racing, Kite-surfing and Golf.

Additionally I work as mental and athletic coach at the Skihotelfachschule Bad Hofgastein, a specific school for young alpine ski racers.

Seasons working as ski-, athletic and mental coach of the Austrian Ski Federation Europacup team as well as with the junior team of Salzburg round off my experience on the coaching side.


I love to travel the world on skis.

Click on the map to read more about my experiences in the Alps – Japan – Morocco – Canada – Alaska and more.

Sandra Lahnsteiner

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