10/03/2009 | by Vera Jansen
50-70 cm´s of fresh pow pow in the Alps made cycling to work this morning pretty hard for me as I couldn´t really move my right leg (I´m regular) due to sore muscles… On Friday we drove to Kleinwalsertal, a small valley in the very South of Germany that is part of Austria but only accessible through Germany and not only offers a huge backcountry but also a perfect park. Heavy snow fall made a trip that normally takes 2,5 hours from Munich a 5 hours marathon. On Saturday, the Iron Night was supposed to happen, a rail contest that is part of the Wir Schanzen series. But as the contest was supposed to start in the late afternoon, we went shredding in half a meter of the white gold until our legs burned like a Bhut Jolokia, the world´s most spicy chili pod. It didn´t stop dumping for the whole day which meant that visibility was low and avalanche risk high so we stayed in pretty easy terrain, doing tree run after tree run and funny pillow lines.
Tom would say “I sweated like a rapist” but I think I will just leave it with “I sweated like a bear in a Finish sauna” when hiking up only three meters to get a bit more speed for a funny little pillow line in between some trees.
The event report about the Iron Night Saturday evening will follow soon, I´m just waiting for some pictures. For now I can only show you my dodgy digi cam shots and tell you that I felt really sorry for the shapers who started shaping at 7 in the morning and didn´t have a break nor a single powder run that day. It was once agan a funny event and the best trick session at the end revealed some unknown talents like the crazy young chap who did a one foot 50-50 to 180 off on the impressive up box – the drop was probably three meters and he slammed pretty bad the first three times (he must be born without ACL´s so he can´t torn them) but finally landed the trick! Stay tuned for more highlights of the Iron Night 2009 following soon in the event section of onboardmag.com!
Iron Night 2009, Kleinwalsertal.
When the contest was finished it started dumping again and within 15 minutes the streets were covered with a thick fresh layer! Party or early start next morning? We decided for the latter (I know – how boring is this?!! But when you are stuck in the office for the whole week and finally are at the right place at the right time it is not a hard decision whether to go to the 176th after contest party or enjoy the rare chance of waist deep powder!)
It was the right decision: When we woke up the next morning at 7.30, it was bluebird after it had snowed for the whole night! “First call, last chair lift” as a well-known snowboard brand with a “special blend” likes to put it…
Now I´m back in the office, going to Austrian Rookie Challenge in Damüls/ Austria next weekend – hope I´ll catch the right place and the right time again!