The snow princess


“As like as Dory sometimes I’m a mindless one… but ‘at work’ I’m always determined and self-confident”

Marta Bassino was born in Cuneo on February 27th 1996, and was already on skis at the age of two, thanks to her father, who coached her for more than ten years and still accompanies her today on this path, giving her advice and support. Since her tender age she attracted the attention of the coaches by her talent and her peculiar skiing style.

During her early career, she was also introduced to other sports, like athletics, tennis (which are still part of her normal workout and preparation program), diving and gymnastics. Thanks to this polyhedric background, she perfectly learned how to know her body and the perception of it in the space, gaining a tremendous combination of agility and strength skills.

She competed with the “Val Vermenagna” ski club until the age of 15; then in 2011 she was called up in the “Alpi Occidentali” (Western Alps) regional team of the Italian Skiing Federation.

During the 2011-2012 season she caused a sensation by winning three titles at the junior National championships; widely recognised as an exceptional talent, she was immediately aggregated to the B-national squad and made her debut in the European Cup, earning immediately some good results (e.g. a 12th and 16th place in two downhills held at Sankt Anton im Arlberg).

In the 2012-2013 Marta took part in the World Junior Championship in Le Massif (Canada), carrying out a 6th place in the downhill (being the only 1996 birth athlete in the final top 10); in 2013 she was also recruited by the Italian Army skiing team (C.S. Esercito), which permitted her to professionalize her passion.

Permanently named in the B-national squad for the 2013-2014 season, Marta improved her performances in European Cup, earning several top-ten rankings and finally a 1st and 2nd place on the Sestriere olympic track. During the same season she also took part in the World Junior Championship in Jasna (Slovakia), becoming champion in the giant and securing the possibility to made her debut in the 2014 World Cup Finals at Lenzerheide (Switzerland).

Recognizing her excellent performances, the Italian Federation chose to give her a permanent place in the main squad to take part into 2014-2015 World Cup; Marta showed no sign of letting up and made several top 10 and top 20 rankings, making also her debut in the 2015 World Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek (USA). She finally grabbed the 22nd place in the World Cup Giant Slalom standing. In july 2015 she also graduated at the Limone Piemonte Sport High School.

In the 2015-2016 season Marta landed with more regularity in the Top Ten in the World Cup, earning points not only in giant slalom, but also in alpine combined and downhill, finishing 45th in the overall World Cup and and 13th in the giant slalom classification.

In 2016-2017 Marta marks her best ski season to date: she gains her first World Cup podiums (three third places in giant slalom, at Soelden, Kronplatz and Aspen) and improves her performances in supergiant and alpine combined too, finishing 18th in the overall and 6th in the giant slalom standing.

Marta is actually one of the best regarded rising star of the alpine skiing scene worldwide, thanks to her incredibile talent bounded by a driving ambition, strenght of will and seriousness while on skis. Her modest and naturally handsome attitude gives her an increasing popularity amongst the fans too.

During the off-season, Marta resides in Borgo San Dalmazzo, Province of Cuneo (in the Italian region Piedmont); in time off, her main hobbies are reading books, hiking in the mountains, spending time with family and friends and riding motorbikes.