Above Marion Haerty at Air Ride with TNF, 2022. Photo: ©Mathis Dumas.
Marion Haerty is not afraid of a challenge. In her latest film project for The North Face, ‘Line and Air’, the four-time Freeride World Tour champion joins fellow big mountain rider Géraldine Fasnacht to explore some of the steepest faces in the Swiss backcountry. But there’s a twist. To access the lines, the two women fly up from the valley in a tiny propellor plane, landing on precarious glaciers and ascending the rest of the way on foot. To Géraldine – a wingsuit flyer, qualified pilot and owner of said plane – this is all in a day’s work. For Marion, it’s a leap of faith that promises to test her limits. As Xavier de Le Rue puts it: “A project like this requires a cool head. You need to have the mental strength for it….and you need to want it.”
“Maybe I could use the natural playground of my country to express myself on a snowboard? This is why I chose to be a freerider”
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Marion Haerty in the last decade, however, it’s that she wants it. Seizing opportunities is her M.O. After all, she tells me plainly, “As a woman, you don’t have the chance to do a video project or have a budget every year.”
That tenacious attitude has been key to Marion’s snowboarding career so far. Having been given her first board for Christmas at 10-years-old, she learned to ride in the French resort of Chamrousse and was soon dreaming of emulating her magazine heroes like Margot Rozies and Leanne Pelosi. “I was like, ‘OK, this is what I want to do when I grow up!’”