01/04/2014 | by Ethan Morgan
Nike Snowpark Montafon / Austria – The second season gets started
After a grand season closer last April with the Nike Snake & Hammers event, the Nike Snowpark Montafon opens its gates again on 14 December 2013. In its second season the setup continues to be expanded, offering a new highlight with a new location for the Funpipe.
On 14 December 2013 the snowpark season kicks off at Silvretta Montafon, Vorarlberg’s largest ski area, together with partner Nike Snowboarding. Last year the Nike Snowpark Montafon offered a true jibber’s paradise with its multifaceted setup, and this winter the shape team has set out an ambitious goal: to build a park that’s even more diversified, creative and innovative. The location on the Grasjoch offers ideal conditions for a variety of different lines. When fully developed the park contains over 40 features, many with multiple riding options. Riders of all abilities will feel welcome here – kids and beginners can find numerous boxes, jibs and small jumps tailored to their ability level; advanced shredders will find features they may recognize from the preseason, like the stairset, the kinked wallride, the large pro kicker, and other toys. New this year: the expanded Medium Line, which has been bolstered with even more kickers.
Great news from Montafon: new terrain has been added to the park layout, meaning an even larger setup than last year. The playful Funpipe with its shorter walls and numerous curves—well-known from Nike Snake & Hammers 2013—will be ready at the start of the new year. To keep the Nike Snake & Hammers feeling going throughout the whole season, the top section of the pipe will feature additional banks and waves. The Freda chairlift (park lift) stretches above the entire length of the snowpark, offering a perfect overview of all the obstacles so that riders can visualize their next runs. The seven-man shape crew is on the job every day, ensuring that the park is always in top condition and continually renovated. It’s no wonder that the Nike pros will be showing up here throughout the season, and so you might find yourself standing next to riders like Ethan Morgan, Jamie Nicholls or Halldor Helgason on the in-run.
Four event highlights will spice up the season in the Nike Snowpark Montafon:
18 January 2014 – Sajas Park Games
16 February 2014 – Sprungbrett
08 March 2014 – Shred Champs, Chill & Destroy
28 – 30 March 2014 – Nike Snake & Hammers
At www.nikesnowparkmontafon.com riders can access all information about the park. For daily up-to-date news, check out www.facebook.com/nikesnowparkmontafon. Information about Nike Snowboarding is available at www.facebook.com/NikeSnowboarding