Hintertux Park Opening

Tom Copsey Tom Copsey

The lodge up on Hintertux glacier, Photo: Alex Roberts

A few of the crew, myself included, just got back from a weekend in the Zillertal for the Hintertux park opening shindig. So I figured I’d shunt the memories to some big web server thingy here.

Nice guys that they are, the Hot Zone.TV crew had arranged for us to spend Friday night up in a lodge right by the glacier, just below the second gondola station. This was an unforgettable experience – a peaceful sunset in the snow covered alpine, a couple a beers and a bit of hobnobbing with other media types. Then a hearty bit of Austrian nosh served by Mr Mountain Man himself washed down with, of course, schnapps.

Munchie’s Muck Muller and Hot-Zone.TV’s Gery. Thanks dudes. Photo: Alex Roberts

“Now, time for the surprise” Muck announced – a bit of caving for a movie premiere. We all met up outside the lodge and by torchlight followed one another down some snowy steps into a fissure in the mountainside. One by one, we followed the winding cave, through a couple of tight squeezes, low ceilings and pools that you expected Gollum to be chilling next to, stroking his Precious, until the cave opened up into an atrium where there was space for the 40 or so cavemen and women and a screen, projector… and more schnapps.

Cave premiere. Photo: Alex Roberts

The film was the team flick of the Hot Zone riders, so we took in the show as the bottle of schnapps did the rounds, dodged the drips from above and snapped a few shots of the riders in this rather unique setting. Actually, it’s rather fortunate that I’m here to write this and not blindly wandering to the centre of the earth as we left in dribs and drabs and took the wrong turn in the cave. Luckily Sami figured out the right way back, or we might still be in there eating raw fish in loincloths, getting emaciated and making strange sounds in the back of our throats, gollum, gollum.

The Hot-Zone.TV riders. Photo: Alex Roberts

Back in the lodge, after a couple more schnapps it was time to hit the sack. “Bring your sleeping bags,” Muck had warned us, “there are blankets but you never know what kind of animals are living in them.” Indeed, though sadly Muck failed to remind us to bring earplugs as we were in a kind of dorm thing with 30 other schnapped-out dudes. And schnapped-out dudes snore. LOUDLY. So the night’s kip could have been better, but it was a super cool experience nonetheless. Apart from beardy weirdy snoring, that is.

The dorm in the lodge. Yes, we were all good friends after a night kipping there. Photo: Alex Roberts

The morning eventually came and we were amped to get our first shred of the season underway. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas and as we finished breakfast it started snowing. We hung around for a bit hoping it would clear, but no joy, so we headed down and to Mayrhofen to say ‘easy now’ to the boys at the Hungerpain hotel. They’ve been doing a bit of renovating over the summer so if you need a bed in Mayrhofen for a few days and are on a budget, give the boys a shout – www.hungerpain.net or email {encode=”hotel@hungerpain.net” title=”hotel@hungerpain.net”}.

“You film me, I shoot you.” Photo: Sami

PARTY PARTY PARTY! Yep, no visit to the Zillertal seems complete without some kind of mashup of monumental proportions and this trip was no different. It was the premiere of Fat Gypsy Productions’ latest release Gip-Sity, and the Austrian crew certainly went to town with the openers – all done in that Sin-City comic book style. Pretty crazy. The riding was good from a selection of shreds like Gruber, Chris & Rudi Kröll, Michi Bacher, Tadej Valentan, Gimpl and a bunch of others and the soundtrack was rocking. It might have been a tad too long but it’s well worth checking out. Then came lashings of terrible booze of many different varieties (thanks Fenke, and if you ever need a killer shop in Mayrhofen look no further than the Seeker – www.theseeker.at) and so after probably one too many I legged it to the ghetto to sleep.

Fenky, owner of The Seeker shop in Mayrhofen and barman extraordinaire. Gyp-Sity premiere

The Hintertux park

Sunday was bluebird and I had a case of Pre-Hangover Euphoria early on so mustered the troops and got up there. Then we realised that we were actually still slightly worse for wear: Sami was acting like a drunk Finnish Borat, Alex was burping for Australia and the ride to the park gave me brain rattle so I had to sit down. Damn, getting old. Kids don’t get hangovers though, so they were all up there shredding the park with gay abandon. Ok, for those of you who don’t care what happened and just want to know what the park’s like, here you go:

The park’s looking pretty fun, great for an early season warm up, and this is what they got:

- bigger kicker with 2 takeoffs

- nice shaped pipe

- medium sized hip

- 2 small kickers

- a few rails, boxes and the like

So there you have it. Despite having a bastard behind the eyes when we went riding, it fully stoked me out to get back on a board again and now can’t wait for the next time. Roll on winter. And if you managed to get all the way to the end of this rambling, here’s your reward.

That’s all. Cheerio.

Tom

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