Meet Coalition Snow Athlete Ione Gangoiti Perez
From the Pyrenees to British Columbia and soon South America, you’ll most likely find Ione skiing the biggest and gnarliest lines out there.
Name: Ione Gangoiti Perez
Home Mountain: Whistler, BC
Photo Credits: Shannon Martin
In the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains is a small mountain town Formigal where freeskier Ione is from. Growing up she was surrounded by family and friends who are all skiers, so it was only destiny that she too fell in love with the same mountain culture as well. For the past six years you’d most likely find her shredding the gnarliest lines in Whistler or competing in the qualifiers for the Freeride World Tour. This summer, she’s got plans to follow the snow to South America.
Which Coalition skis do you use?
My favorites are the Abyss! They are stiffer and better to go fast. The SOS are more playful - but for competition I prefer the Abyss because they give me more stability.
How were your competitions last season?
This year was not so good. I went to Kicking Horse and had a really ugly crash - I rolled over some rocks and got a concussion. It was so bad! When I finished rolling I started checking everything and only my pinky was ugly and I was thinking, wow I’m so lucky. Then I went to Crystal and it was cancelled due to weather. During inspection I was not feeling confidence and I was actually glad it was cancelled...
Now I’m going to South America so there will be more competitions so I’m hoping to start over again and gain some confidence. I need to ski more and be confident again after the big crash in Kicking Horse.
How do you going to build up confidence again?
I think skiing with friends and trying to do challenging terrain will help - and skiing every day! During winter I am working a lot and it is hard to train and have time for everything. But in South America I’m going to be working only weekends and holidays so I’m going to have time to ride with friends. When you're riding with friends everything is more fluid, it’s the best.
Are you going to compete in South America?
I think, if there are local competitions in South America, I would compete in those rather than the qualifiers. One four star competition is about $200 American dollars to enter. Then you have to pay that, travel, hostel, tickets and many many things. You have to work so pay that so you don’t really have time to train. I’m going to be working until mid-august in Chile. Then I have a campervan so we don’t have any travel plans yet. If there is no snow somewhere then we will follow the snow!