About Nico PORTEOUS
New Zealand-born Olympic gold medalist Nico Porteous was raised between the slopes of Aotearoa’s South Island and Europe. The boundary-pushing freestyle skier has long been drawn to the creative fluidity of the sport, and his growth as a professional athlete has been honed thanks to extensive travel, chasing winter year-round. Yet it’s in his home in the alpine town of Wānaka, on New Zealand's South Island, that Nico feels most inspired. For our Aotearoa Country Special, we spoke with Nico about carving a creative niche on skis, appreciation for Wānaka's raw natural beauty, and his favorite breweries and mountain-bike spots to explore around Otago.