Jess grew up shredding the slopes of Turoa. In 2019 she topped the Freeride World Qualifier Tour rankings and earned her place on the Freeride World Tour. She landed on the podium in only her second ever FWT comp, winning the 2020 Kicking Horse Mountain stop in Canada.
1st place 2020 FWT Kicking Horse, Canada; 1st place 2019 FWQ Nendaz Freeride 4*, 1st place 2019 FWQ The North Face Frontier 4*, 1st place 2019 FWQ Open Faces Silvretta Montafon 4*
Big mountain skier Jess Hotter had a remarkable 2018-19 season competing on the Freeride World Qualifier Tour. With three wins at four-star events, the highest tier on the qualifying circuit, she couldn’t be beaten and easily topped the women’s ski rankings by a huge margin. Her impressive results meant that Jess made her breakthrough on to the Freeride World Tour to compete as one of the world’s best freeride athletes.
Jess won the Snow Sports NZ Breakthrough Season Award in 2019.
Her 2020 season got off to an outstanding start with Jess winning The North Face Frontier 4-star at the Winter Games NZ. With the Northern Hemisphere season underway, Jess wasted no time landing her first Freeride World Tour podium, winning at stop 2 in Kicking Horse, Canada.
Click below to listen to an interview with the Low Pressure Podcast recorded right after her win.
She finished the season ranked fourth overall which gave her a ticket to FWT21.
When she's not busy competing, Jess works as a ski patroller and freeride coach at NZ's Treble Cone Ski Area.