HI LAURA, TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR YOURSELF
Hey guys! I am Laura Berghuis, a 17-year old freestyle mogul skier from Mierlo, a small village in the Netherlands.
Since I can remember my family has been going to Switzerland for holidays, so I was on skis before I could walk, when I was just 1,5 years old. My mom actually started a mogul skiing club, so by the time I was 4 I joined the club and started skiing for real. We participated in kids competitions in Germany and Austria with the club when I got a bit older and this is where it all started. I was hooked on moguls!
A lot of hard work and smaller competitions later I was allowed to start competing on a European level 2 years ago. Together with my sister and mom I’ve been travelling all over to compete in the Europe cup in the winter, and train for the next comp season over the summer. This season I actually got my first podium in the Europe cup plus my first green light for the junior world championships in Russia. So it’s safe to say its been a good one ☺.
WHAT ATTRACTS YOU TO SKIING SO MUCH?
Considering i’m from The Netherlands, there’s not a lot of skiing options here besides training in the indoor halls. So if you want to ski on real snow and train on a real mogul course, there’s a lot of travelling involved. The fact that I get to travel to all these amazing places and do what I love everyday all-together is something I think is one of the most amazing things about this sport. To see all the countries & cultures and venture all the different nature scenes is something I’m so grateful for.
Besides the travelling I also love the vibe around the sport. Most of the time with high-level sports everyone is a bit uptight and doing their own thing, but not with mogul skiing. For instance when we lost our luggage while travelling everyone pitched in so we were able to ski the day after with all the extra stuff everyone else brought. Even though it’s all different teams, it feels like you’re travelling with one big friend group.
INSPIRE US. WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL?
WHAT’S YOUR BEST MEMORY FROM SKIING SO FAR?
Hmmm there are so many amazing memories I have from skiing so this one is tough! But I’ll have to say the moment I realised I got podium at the Europe cup in jÿvaskÿla, Finland. I got 4th in the qualifications so in the finals there were only 3 more girls to go after me. After my run I was scanning the scores like crazy and saw that I was still first and that there were only 2 more girls to go. It was sure I got podium. I ended up third place and the feeling I got when I realised this, was something I’ve never felt before. It just didn’t feel real.
WHY DO YOU THINK YOU MATCH WITH CORTAZU SO WELL?
Well first off, Cortazu feels like one big happy ski family, and I love that!
I also really like the fact that it’s a Dutch brand and we get the opportunity to grow together. Besides that, the items are amazing. One competition season and normally my gear would absorb all the water whenever it rains or snows, but not this year! I travelled all over Europe and had some bad weather days (believe me, it was bad) but the gear never failed me and I stayed dry all season.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CORTAZU ITEMS?
My absolute favourite is the special edition Mountain Hard Shell for women. It has been my “uniform” this past comp season and I love it so much. The fabric and colours are amazing. I wear it whenever I go hiking or skiing and like I said is perfect for all weather conditions. It’s water-proof for the rainy skiing days and has zippers underneath the arms for the warm summer trainings. I’m so happy with this one!