Safe and Free - Freeride Deluxe in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

Tom Copsey Tom Copsey

Michael Macho and co. rip the epic pow of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, as the QParks crew report…

“Freeriding gets me hyped. I just can’t imagine something better than the feeling while riding untracked snow or shooting through the forest. It is simply the best thing to do!” that’s how powder-pro Michael Macho describes his favourite sport: freeriding. To bring a taste of that feeling home to you, Michael Macho, Lorenz Haunschmid and Paul Senoner went on a pow trip for 2 days – and our media-crew went with them. In the gathered footage, we now let you dive into the freeride world of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and provide you with useful safety tips in the article.

Laurenz Haunschmidt gets some. Photo: Roland Haschka
Laurenz Haunschmidt gets some. Photo: Roland Haschka

It just can’t get any better than drawing the first lines in a slope covered with fresh powder. The silence out there and the feeling of freedom put you into a state of complete harmony between yourself and the nature. However, it can get pretty dangerous out there. That is why the ski-area Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis tries to give every snowboarder the possibility to get in touch with freeriding safely. 11 different routes, totalling to a length of 16 kilometres, offer an endless amount of stoke, no matter if you are a beginner or an advanced rider.

Decent terrain.
Legit terrain. Photo: Roland Haschka

Our media department tried to document this most prestigious form of snowboarding. They made their way out to Serfauss-Fiss-Ladis fully equipped with photo and film cameras. When local snowboarder Michael Macho heard about these plans, he was immediately down for the trip, and finally stayed for two days with our crew. Looking back on an amazing weekend he told us: “The conditions were perfect, since it had snowed 20 to 30 cm during the night. I met up with the dudes at 10 o’clock at the bottom station were we checked our equipment. Afterwards we went straight to northern part of the mountain, where we could film some sprays and a few tree runs. It was really nice!”

Michael Putz slashes Serfaus. Photo: Patrick Steiner
Michael Putz slashes Serfaus. Photo: Patrick Steiner

As mentioned above, freeriding can be really dangerous. To reduce the risks, you should always be prepared meticulously for a day in the powder. Michael talked with us about the necessary equipment and precautions: “I never leave my house without an equipment check. You should always take a shovel, the LVS, a probe, the first aid box and, of course, your helmet with you. Apart from the equipment, you should not forget to check out the avalanche alert level and the snow profile.”

Lauri Haunschmidt. Photo: Patrick_Steiner
Lauri Haunschmidt. Photo: Patrick_Steiner

That´s exactly why the ski resort Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis has established so called ‘Freeride Bases’, where you can get information about the difficulty levels and the conditions of the lines. For those who still lack some backcountry knowledge, the resort also offers guidance and courses! Whether you are a rookie or a pro, freeriding is one of the most exciting things. Michael Macho is of the same opinion: “There is nothing that can compete with freeriding!”

Plotting. Photo: Patrick Steiner.
Plotting. Photo: Patrick Steiner.

After you successfully checking your equipment you are perfectly prepared for an endless powder session. But before you head off to hike up the mountains, you should definitely take a look at our snowboard edit and the picture gallery. For further news and updates visit our website or the Facebook fan page.

 

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