The Hintertux Park Opening is the very first Opening of the season and went successfully down last weekend from September 30th – October 3rd at Hintertux glacier. Riders were so hyped to be back on their snowboards, that they didn’t care much that the weather wasn’t on their side this weekend. Betterpark Hintertux was the place to be with many riders showing up to ride the perfectly prepared setup. Best conditions for the first days back on snow. Winter returned just in time with fresh snow last week to stoke riders with some powder runs. A perfect start into the new season!
GOING BIG – Zillertal local Werni Stock hosted Werni’s Big Air Session by Quiksilver at Betterpark Hintertux. On Saturday morning weather and wind conditions allowed the jam session to happen on the big jump. The international field of riders like Halldor Helgason, Mons Roisland and Stale Sandbech, provided many wow-moments. Outstanding rider of the was Norwegian Torgeir Bergrem, who started the session with a Cab 9 and was going big until the end. Host Werni Stock said: “I am so happy we were able to pull off the Big Air Session, we really weren’t lucky with the weather. Sick riding from all, the fun level was high! It was another great Opening!”
Results Werni’s BigAir Session by Quiksilver
- Best Man: Torgeir Bergrem (NOR)
- Best Woman: Enni Rukajärvi (FIN)
- Best Trick: Torgeir Bergrem (NOR) – Cab 9
- Best Style: Bendik Gjerdalen (NOR) – FS 7 Nose
- Most Creative Rider by Quiksilver: Fridtjof “Fridge” Tischendorf (NOR)
- Best Line: Mons Roisland (NOR)
- Best Slam: Torgeir Bergrem (NOR)
DANCING ON THE RAILS – What a night! The 2nd edition of the SANE! Snowboarding Metal Battle Rail Contest went down on Saturday at the valley station of Hintertux glacier. The bad weather had no impact on the motivation of the riders, who delivered a truly crazy show on the stair set. Fabian Fraid (AUT) and Maisie Hill (GB) were happy about the main titles! “The riding level was super high despite challenging conditions. Riders destroyed the setup pretty much. It couldn’t have been any better!” says Michi Schatz from the SANE! Crew. Great atmosphere with many spectators who defied the bad weather. Host and DJ Max Glatzl kept everyone in good spirits and provided best tunes thanks to Soundboks. After the prize-giving everyone headed directly next doors to Hohenhaus Tenne for the big Opening Party.
Results SANE! Snowboarding Metal Battle
- Best Overall Men: Fabian Fraidl (AUT)
- Best Overall Girl: Maisie Hill (GB)
- Best Trick Men: Fridtjof “Fridge” Tischendorf (NOR)
- Best Trick Girl: Maisie Hill (GB)
- Best Style Men: Davide Boggio (ITA)
- Best Style Girl: Mia Brookes (GB)
- Soundboks Master of the Legends: Simon Pircher (AUT)
EARN SOME CASH – The Cash for Tricks Session on the rails and the Burton Quarterpipe Session offered the perfect opportunity to earn some extra pocket money. Both top riders as well as up-and-coming riders joined in. Despite the fact it’s just the beginning of the season, many technically difficult tricks have been seen. Especially Mia Brookes (GB) stood out.
SMALL BECOMES BIG – The Kids Shred is a long-standing tradition at the Opening. Snowboard legends Gigi Rüf and Steve Gruber took over the coaching roles and assisted the kids with the support of the Grilogang (Nina Grilc and kids). Photographer Markus “Fischi” Fischer captured these unforgettable moments. DJ Row won the kids hearts with his DJ workshop. The enthusiasm and the motivation of the little ones is truly inspiring, the future of the sport is in good hands.
TEST BEFORE YOU BUY – Numerous snowboard brands, among them Burton, Salomon, Deeluxe, Aleck and Slash Snowboards were present at Tuxer Fernerhaus with their demo-fleet and brand-new material. An offer to test which many visitors of the Opening made good use of.
ACTION! – The RIDE Movie Night celebrated its revival at Tux Center after a two-years-break.
The snowboard-family enjoyed watching the latest movies and edits, among them Ride’s new team movie “Sincerely Yours”.
Thanks for the support to Quiksilver, Burton, Deeluxe, Nixon, 686, Soundboks, Aleck and Ride