French freestyle skier Kevin Rolland is a Champagne Mumm ambassador for the Audi Quattro Winter Games in Queenstown.

What was your greatest holiday?

I think my favourite holiday was in the Maldives, I kept seeing commercials and pictures of the Maldives in magazines and it was my dream to eventually go there. At 22, I was able to make it happen and it was everything I thought it would be!

If we bump into you on holiday, what are you most likely to be doing? I would be freediving. I love to be underwater - seeing the different kinds of marine life in each location is my second passion
after skiing.


If we could teleport you to one place in NZ for a week-long holiday, where would it be?

Probably Cardrona in Queenstown. It's one of the best ski resorts I've experienced, as it's a place where freestyle skiing is so encouraged. Seventy per cent of the resort is filled with freestyle modules which is unique. European resorts could learn from its example!
How about for a dream holiday internationally? I would travel around the Caribbean on a boat and spend my days diving into the most beautiful oceans.

Kevin Rolland - French freestyle skier.
Kevin Rolland - French freestyle skier.

What's the dumbest thing you've ever done when travelling?

Once I bought the same plane ticket twice by mistake ... turns out you only need one to board.

Aisle seat or window seat? Window of course. I like to watch the landscapes unfold below me - and to put my pillow on the wall.

Complete this sentence: I can't travel without ...

Depending where I'm going, my ski gear, or my fins and mask. Skiing and freediving pretty much make up my travel itinerary, wherever I go.

What's the best travel tip you've ever been given?


Not to sleep on the eve of a long trip because it helps to sleep on the plane and with jet lag

What was the most memorable meal you've had while travelling? I am a big fan of sushi and I had the chance during a trip to Japan to taste the work of a great sushi master in Tokyo. It was exactly as you would imagine it: Impeccable.

What's the best thing you've brought back from a trip? A knife forged live in front of me at a fish market in Tokyo

Favourite airport to land at? Queenstown because the landscape is so beautiful with no buildings, and you feel as though you're in another world.

What's the next trip you've got planned?

I think my next skiing trip will surely be South Korea for the Peyongchang Olympics, although my next holiday destination will probably be French Polynesia.