“Before Ice and Palms, Jochen and me, we didn’t bike a lot. But now we both bike a ton, so we think there’s way more that’s possible,” Kroneck says about future plans for a multi-sport journey that’s in its nascent planning phase. “We should look to other sports like climbing. Right now there’s a movement for everyone to try to find some exotic, strange new route and new places to explore sports, but if you make combinations with different sports, you can start next to your door.”
To make these trips possible, Kroneck demands that his gear is up for any challenge. “For me it’s important that I’m able to use my equipment in every situation. The best thing is to just have one ski and that’s it,” he says of his particular taste in skis and boots. “In skiing it’s hard to say what my go-to ski is, but usually if I’m not filming, I have one setup I always use—that’s the Ranger 96 with the Ranger 130 boot and a super light pin binding—that’s it. I ski with this system on groomers and jumping and all the other things I like to do.”
In addition to performing for the camera, Kroneck also has passions in the visual arts, demonstrated by his pursuits in photography. He loves the perspective that life on the other side of the lens allows him. “If you can bring together the two different sides of the lens—the athlete and the photographer—you can do better at each,” he explains of the blending of vantage points. When he’s the one behind the camera, however, he looks to a setup that’s more fleet of foot. “If my job is just taking pictures, for me it’s super important to have lighter but more universal equipment—so that’s the touring equipment. I just want to move faster than the other guys to get a picture. The Hannibal 96 with a superlight binding with no brakes and the Traverse boot works for those situations.”
When he’s not taking pictures or biking to the mountains across Europe, Kroneck is working on expanding his career goals. “The training to be a mountain guide is three years and I’ve made it through one-and-a-half years of training so far,” he says of his current education-based objective. “When I was younger, I couldn’t imagine spending my whole year just standing on the slope and not going outside of the boundaries. So, from that point on, I knew that if I wanted to do something in that direction, I needed to be a mountain guide.”
Guide training seems like a natural progression for someone driven by the continued cultivation of a diverse mountain experience and he suggests that his success lies in his ability to see possibilities where others see only limitations. “It doesn’t matter if you find perfect conditions or not. If you don’t find perfect conditions, you need to choose something different—how you move and how you can have fun. There are a lot of opportunities to explore if you just look around the corner.