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Backcountry Skiers

Christina Lustenberger Descends the Black Friar

From World Cup ski racing to impressive accomplishments as an ACMG ski guide, Lusti’s tale of injury and attainment provide important insight into what it means to be a skier.

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Ski guide and mountaineer Christina Lustenberger, or Lusti for some, successfully undertook the first ski descent of Black Friar, a burley ski mountaineering line nestled among the peaks not far from her home base of Revelstoke. In Black Crow’s short film of the descent, Lusti explains her transition from being a World Cup and Olympic ski racer to an accomplished ski mountaineer and guide, a transition marked by five torn ACL’s and her decision to follow her passion for freeskiing rather than pursuing the podium. Her impressive accomplishments as a ski mountaineer are balanced by her insight on time in the mountains—know the conditions, be humble, be uncertain, and continuously pursue fun and challenging lines.