Hometown: Allein, Aosta Valley, Italy
Currently resides: Great-Saint-Bernard - Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, Italy
Current sponsors: Backcountry Access, K2 Snowboarding, Level Gloves, Bollé, Picture Organic Clothing, Oxeego
Bindings: Surge ST Pro

Born in the Aosta Valley, a small alpine region in Northwest Italy, Ettore Personnettaz has always been drawn to the mountains. His love of the mountains, and specifically the snow, led him to explore freestyle and freeride snowboarding, and become a National Snowboard Instructor. Now, Ettore focuses on the backcountry, where he loves to discover new routes and first descents. Wanting to share his passion, Ettore founded Freeride Alliance with a team of pro friends. The organization has a goal of promoting a respect for the mountains, sharing their appreciation for nature, and, in general, the importance of having a good approach to snowboarding/skiing peaks.

Q & A

Talk about your most epic splitboard adventure:

In the last few years, I had epic adventures on the top of four “Pyramid” peaks of Aosta Valley: Grivola 3.969m (descent from the South-East and North-West Faces) the most beautiful "Himalayan" mountain, Punta Tersiva 3.505m (descent from North-East Face), Becca di Luseney 3.504m (first descent from North-West Face) and Becca di Monciair 3.544m (descent from North-East Face).


What has most influenced your backcountry riding?

I'm lucky to have snowboarder friends with whom I share a passion for our mountains. We are always looking for quiet places with untouched slopes, away from the bustle of everyday life. We are looking for the real contact with nature. I think this is the spirit that gave birth to snowboarding and continues to make it unique.


What are you most excited about for the 23/24 season?

I have some projects related to splitboarding and I will organize the Splitboard Day Aosta Valley in December 2023. During the winter, based on the conditions, I intend to propose multi-day "Wild Splitboard Camps" and some days dedicated to "how to move" off-piste, reducing risks and learning to use self-rescue equipment.


What inspires you?

The study and the pursuit of the perfect line from a mountain: beautiful, aesthetic, continuous, without interruption ... breathless ... from the top!


Why ride Spark R&D gear?

I ride Spark R&D gear for its simplicity, constant innovation, and maximum efficiency in any conditions in the mountains. It is perfect for conquering new peaks and descents.