Small in stature she may be, but Vali Höll packs a punch the fastest women in the world already fear. Born on the short side of the millennium and raised among the deep greens of the Saalbach Valley by bike-enthusiast parents with a ski lodge, Vali seemed preordained for success in the action sports world. Riding motorbikes and taking to the snow not long after her first steps, she signed a 6 year contract with YT at just 13 years old. Racing in the sparsely populated junior women's category at her first World Cup in 2018, Vali was unknown to most, but already decked out in the blue and silver quarters of a Red Bull helmet. Under a weight of expectation that would have crushed many others, she went from strength to strength.
Vali's first win in Croatia, turned into a perfect season, topped off with a gold medal. 2019 saw her again breeze the overall and defend her World Championship title, laying down podium times in the elite category that continued to turn heads. Whether we could see her carry her bright white kit and rainbow stripes into 2021 following her first elite race on her home track is a question the calm and collected competitor would rather you didn't vocalise. Not to be mistaken for being aloof, Vali's quiet demeanour seems to be the making of a wise woman; a true professional set to be at the very tip of the sharp end for years to come. Young talent personified, she is the literal future of the sport.