Jump for joy at Weißsee

After a very disappointing winter season with rare snowfall accompanied by hurricane winds every time, I have pretty mixed emotions about what is only my second, but will be my final competition this year. On the one hand, I am excited to finally have the thrill of a run again, but on the other, it…

2 runs on 20 centi: pretty good for this season!

Heres the quick edit of the 2 runs. Thanks to Rehall Outerwear for the great Blaze one-piece suit and accessories and Julbo Eyewear for amazing visibility with the Aerospace Goggles and Light Red Zebra Lenses! So this year’s snowfall, here in Pinzgau, has been about as depressing as watching current US politics. But finally Mother…

FWQ 2* Open Faces Kappl 2017: a lesson in concentration

It’s that time of year again! It’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Thanks to ReHall Outerwear, the era of the Dirty Banana is over. I have chosen the one-piece called Blaze to tackle the mountains and got to debut the suit at Kappl! Bright and early on Saturday…

Yay splitboarding finally!! Kloben it is…

Splitboard Tour Kloben from Fuschertörl 5. Mai 2016 with: Chris Hesselbach, Clemens Hiller, Philip Volker, Michi Riepl I was actually pretty happy to hear that my buddies were thinking about arranging a splitboard tour, now that the winter snowboard season is technically over. We have had a trying winter which didn’t really begin until February. There…

FWQ 3* Open Faces Montafon 2016: beware of sharks!

Coming off a 3rd place finish in Morgins, I was stoked for Montafon. I had wanted to take part in the Montafon race in it’s first year but it coincided with the race in Nendaz and I couldn’t make it on time to the riders’ meeting so couldn’t start. This time around was different! I…

FWQ 1* Open Faces Weißseegletscher 2014 – freeride paradise

Time for a local contest! The Weißsee glacier is a private freeriders paradise here in Pinzgau Austria. It was only a 1 star FWQ event (meaning the result wouldn’t help my ranking at all this year) but what a beautiful mountain. I rode up on Friday to have a face check, not actually knowing which…

FWQ 3* Open Faces Axamer Lizum 2014

Axamer Lizum was scheduled to be my  first contest of the season… back in January! Due to the really bad snow situation here in Austria, it was postponed to February 15th. I drove over to Axams (near Innsbruck) on Friday nice and easy to check the face. I arrived in the sunny weather parked right next to…

FWQ 1* Open Faces Hochkönig 2014

Friday, January 31st I went to Maria Alm to check out the snow and find a line according to the conditions. It was pretty miserable weather overall with loads of clouds and warm air melting the little leftover snow. The visibility, however, wasn’t actually half bad all things considered. The lifts to access the upper part of…

Patience is a virtue

Well, if patience is a virtue, this winter season is teaching us a character lesson in the Pinzgau region. Snow has been a rare resource here this winter. All of my attempts to get down to Italy or Osttirol where the snow is, have fallen through. Our hopes for a road trip last weekend, were shot down…