Rising ski star


“I want to become one of the best female skiers in the world.”

So says Queenstown skier Margaux Hackett, daughter of bungy pioneer AJ Hackett, who’s been building up her competition portfolio ahead of her next big challenge, the Slopestyle World Cup in Stubai, Austria, starting today.

Born and raised in the French Alps, the 19-year-old started skiing at the age of three.

“From that point my love for the mountains only grew,” Hackett says.

After racing in competitions until she turned 12, Hackett says she wanted to do something “a little more fun” and joined a freestyle team in France.

She went on to compete in slopestyle, halfpipe and big mountain events, before heading to Queenstown at the age of 16 to do a winter season at Cardrona. “I’ve been chasing winters ever since and am competing in slopestyle and big air events.”

Hackett’s aiming for podium finishes at WC events and hopes to make it to the X Games and Winter Olympics 2022. She finished 11th in the Big Air comp in Modena, Italy, earlier this month.

Margaux says it’s “a little bit tricky getting used to doing tricks on scaffolding jumps”, causing her to crash a few times.

“It’s only been motivating me more to learn more and get after it.” She adds: “Just witnessing the level of riding and creativity gets me even more excited.”