02/01/2014 | by Sam Oetiker
Ever fancied trying your hand at splitboarding? The good news is that Völkl are giving you the opportunity to do just that, providing you with all the equipment, guidance and expertise to have a super sick first go up in the Austrian Alps. Read on for the full details…
This winter, ambitious freeriders will have the opportunity to explore the best backcountry resorts by freeriding and splitboard touring. Together with a local mountain guide and former Freeride World Tour Winner/Voekl rider Aline Bock, the camp-groups will access and ride uncharted snowy terrain. On all missions, Voelkl Snowboards will be offering brand-new Voelkl Splitboards from next season’s line 2014/2015 for free testing. Marker, Deeluxe and Ortovox will also supply and demo their newest products to test for unlimited freeride fun. Please sign up for the camps now to assure your spot because of limited availability. All dates, prices and registration info is listed at www.voelkl-snowboards.com.
If you love riding fresh snow far away from the crowds, choosing your own line in the untouched backcountry and pushing yourself, this camp is made for you. Making memories that you will never forget on powder days with friends is what Freeriding and the Voelkl Split and Freeride camps are all about!
Adventuring in the vast backcountry has been a big challenge for many snowboarders in the past. Trekking through deep snow, getting stuck on flat terrain and strenuous ascents are very tiring. Now with splitboarding, snowboarders can find better touring routes that save energy and open up new ways to explore the most remote backcountry areas accessing new uncharted territory.
Interested freeriders can register for one of the five weekend camps and test the new Voelkl Splitboard 2014/2015 set-ups while getting tips from former Freeride World Tour Winner Aline Bock. Deeluxe is providing their newest freeride boots for free testing and Marker is offering helmets and goggles to try out. Ortovox will provide some avalanche transceivers for the campers to up their skills and practice for emergency situations.
The Voelkl Split & Freeride Camps will be set up in some of the best freeriding resorts of the Tyrolean Alps in Austria. Locations will be chosen from the beautiful Gradonna Mountain Resort in Kals to the majestic and massive terrain of the Großglockner Mountain. From powder-pillow-paradise and tree-run heaven of Ski-optimal Hochzillertal Kaltenbach to the high-alpine touring in the breathtaking setting up on Hintertux Glacier to rapelling into amazing steep powder fields up on Stubai Glacier, every location of the weekend camps will have a lot to offer.
To get prepared for the challenges of the backcountry all participants will get to know the basics of avalanche safety awareness and risk management before their first ascent. With the help of a certified mountain guide the campers will check the avalanche forecast and weather report together before planning their tour for the following day.
Whether the Voelkl Split and Freeride camp is booked in at the 4**** Superior luxury Chalets at the bottom of the Großglockner, in 4**** hotels in the Zillertal or Stubaital, in a rustic mountain hut, all camps will provide breakfast and dinner making sure there will always be wellness facilities with Sauna, Pool or hot tub available for your comfort.
The Voelkl Split & Freeride Camp Dates 2014 at a glance:
14.- 16. March 2014 Gradonna Mountain Resort Kals – Großglockner East-Tyrol
04.- 06. April 2014 Ski-optimal Hochzillertal Kaltenbach
11.- 13. April 2014 Hintertux Glacier
25.- 27. April 2014 Stubai Glacier
01.- 04. Mai 2014 Stubai Glacier
Freeriding at Austria´s highest mountain: the Großglockner – Luxury Chalets Gradonna Mountain Resort – 14.-16. March 2014
There is no freerider who’s heart wouldn´t beat faster at the sight of Austria´s highest mountain, the majestic Großglockner! The big crowds have not discovered this resort yet. The splitboard missions start from the chalets of the Gradonna Mountain Resort and the Kalser mountain guides will introduce you to their endless touring and freeride terrain in the winterwonderland around the Großglockner. www.gradonna.at
Backcountry DeLuxe at Ski-optimal Hochzillertal Kaltenbach – 04.-06. April 2014
Without any doubt, Zillertal is one of the best freeride destinations in the Alps. Not without a reason, Ski-optimal Hochzillertal Kaltenbach has been awarded with the title of the best ski area in the world last year. The freeride terrain ranges from long tree runs to pillow paradise to high alpine chutes and huge faces for world-class wide powder turns. The hip and unique accomodation at the Mountain & Soul Lifestyle Hotel fits perfectly with this mountain. www.hochzillertal.at
Alpine cabin camp at Hintertux Glacier – 11.-13. April 2014
When the snow starts melting in lower resorts, the proper touring season is just beginning up on the glaciers. Hintertux Glacier is Austria´s only year-round ski area and it provides great freeriding and touring opportunities. From the Schlegeis run to the Laermstange and up to the Hoher Riffler, the conditions can be just perfect in April. The Diggl Freeride Farm is the perfect mountain cabin for expeditions to and from the freeride area on Hintertux Glacier. www.hintertuxergletscher.at
Powder Department Camps Stubai Glacier – 25.-27. April & 01.-04. May 2014
The Powder Department up on Stubai Glacier’s beautiful high alpine terrain scores with perfect snow conditions and absolute snow safety on it’s numerous freeride runs through late spring.Together with a local mountain guide from the Freeridecenter Stubai, the splitboarders will go on a mission for the last untouched powder of the season. There is no better place to stay as at the 4**** Hotel Stubaierhof Neustift that is managed for freeriders by a freerider www.stubaiergletscher.at
About Aline Bock: As a former freestyle snowboarder, Aline quikly discovered her strengths in combining the playful elements of freestyle and freeriding. With her creative choices on the lines she rides along with her strong performance on all mountains, Aline became Vize World Champion the first year of joining in the Freeride World Tour and claimed the title of the Freeride World Tour Champion in 2010. Since then, the German snowboarder has been focusing on big mountain and backcountry film projects, travelling to the most beautiful freeride resorts on the planet. Aline is a regular in the best powder zones of Alaska, Norway, Japan etc. Nevertheless, there is nothing better for her than a good day out in the powder with friends going splitboard touring around the snowy mountains of the Alps. ’For me, splitboarding is a new way of moving in the mountains,’’ Aline Bock explains. ‘’It has given me a whole new horizon. Many lines that I have only seen from the slopes are getting accessible and I love the experience in nature, far away from the crowds. I am always happy to share my passion.“ www.alinebock.de
Partners: Voelkl Snowboards, Marker, Deeluxe, Ortovox. ABS Airbag, Blue Tomato
Info, prices and registration at www.voelkl-snowboards.com