After Irian completed sport school in the Netherlands he moved to Austria to follow his passion. He aquired the qualifications ‘Staatliche Snowboardlehrer’ and “Snowboardführer” snowboard guide, also ski and crosscountry teacher. Since 2003 he is travelling the world both guiding and competing in freeride competitions.
‚I love to share my passion and knowledge for the mountains with my guests. My goal is to offer safety, to make the best out of everiday weather situation and offer unforgettable days riding the best powder that can be found.‚
Whether freeriding near the piste or in backcountry, doing a hut to hut ski/splitboard tour or heli-skiing, each day is a new experience. Irian is the perfect guide who takes your winter thrills to the next level.
However, safety is always the most important consideration. Among others I give safety courses for beginners and to young professional freeriders.
For many years he has competed in Chinese Downhill and Big Mountain competitions. He was the first and only Dutch man to compete in the Freeride World Tour.
Among others I made:
2nd place Freeride Inferno in Ischl Austria 2010
2nd place Weisse Rausch St Anton Austria 2010
1e place FWQ Adraline Ride in Chopok Slowakije 2011
1e place Nature Ride in Brand Austria 2012
1e place FWQ Hochfügen Austria 2012
2nd place FWQ La Clusaz France 2013
1e place FWQ Graibiburn, New Zealand 2014
4 th place FWT Charmonix, France 2014
FOTO & FILM
He often snowboard to shoot films and take photos. Together with friends, the ‘Gnarlberg Steinbock’ crew, they made a movie called ‘By Fair Means’, which won the Freeride Film Festival 2013. You can find my images in various Dutch Magazines including cover shots for Taste and Deep.
During the summer I run a bike school with my friend Bas Elhorst. At MTB Tours and Trails we provide mountain biking camps all over Europe. In the summer I also work as a photographer, videographer and sport teacher, plus I repair old houses and get involved in a lot more…
When I have spare time from exploring the mountains by bike or board I also like to climb, surf, breakdance, kayak, travel and get involved in most outdoor activities.