Just one ingredient missing

Even the world’s best snowboard pros have no influence over the Snow Gods

21st February 2007 – It was all set up: Freestyle snowboarding fans all over the world were eagerly looking forward to the 2007 edition of the Red Bull Gap Session. Added to that, a carefully selected group of top international riders was ready and waiting to push the progression of snowboarding even further than they did this time last year.

There was just one ingredient missing, and a pretty crucial one at that: the snow. The Olympic ski stadium of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany, the host arena for the Red Bull Gap Session, has suffered from poor snow conditions all winter long, much like the rest of the European Alps. It’s just one of those things we have to accept – the weather has played a cruel trick on us snowboarders this year, and one which has now also forced the cancellation of the Red Bull Gap Session 2007.

The warm weather conditions currently passing over Germany made transporting 35,000 cubic meters of snow to the stadium an impossible task. Even the eight snow guns within the ski stadium and the thousands of crossed fingers could not generate a sufficient quantity of snow for the kicker construction. And instead of building a gigantic kicker for the invited riders to attempt to break the world airtime record, event organizers have been faced with beautiful green fields and a distinctly late spring-like atmosphere.

Rather than scale down the event with a smaller kicker that would have been dwarfed by its predecessor, the organizers have reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s event. However, they’re confident that the Red Bull Gap Session will return with a vengeance in 2008, with the kind of kicker to stop you dead in your tracks. Until next year.

For more information: www.theredbullgapsession.com

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