05/03/2014 | by Youri Barneoud
When your electronic music and drug loving cousing hits you up regarding tickets to Snowbombing, the infamous season ender/music festival in the Austrian town of Mayrhofen, you know the event has grown into something big. Well, it’s grown to a size where even we could not resist being involved, alas in a rather quirky way.
We kicked the first day of Snowbombing off with the “Onboard Ride and Seek Boarder Cross of Destiny.” In a nutshell, a number of nutcases on snowboards (and for whatever reason, also a few punters on skis) rode down a makeshift boardercross parcours straight through Vans Penken Park’s halfpipe. On the hotzone.tv the course has been labelled “now infamous”, we would rather call it “perilous”. The skiers found it easier to clear the “drop of doom”, but Chris Kröll was almost as fast and came in as the best snowboarder. Afterwards, Drew Stevenson convinced us to hug people and dance to DJ Chico’s mellow club sounds (on the hill, that was!), and an unpleasant drizzle from the clouds that closed in around us. Down in the valley, numerous live and DJ acts made sure the 7000 ticket holders got the best value for their money – all night long, in all possible locations from the Racket Club to the Schlüssl Alm, from Groove Armada to Booka Shade.
On Thursday things looked better weather-wise, and the pro comp went down in the Penken Park. Tom Tramnitz, Chris and Rudi Kröll, Tom „Beckna“ Eberharter, Herby Thaler, Michi Stanschitz, Seb Kern and Sparrow Knox launched themselves over the big jump in the park, with a packed Grillhof Alm watching in awe. In the End Chris „CK“ Kröll won the competion. The sun, beers, Jagers and once again DJ beats made sure the assembled crowd got as hot as it gets. Main act on the mountain stage was Norman Jay and friends. Later it went down again in the village’s clubs, with Skream & Benga being the definite highlight of the night.
Friday was the final day on the mountain – and apart from the deteriorating it was even better than the day before. The pro/am competition was open tosnowbombers and pros alike. Plenty of Eristoff Vodka helped to do away with fear or common sense of any kind. First timers, naked riders, backflips, heavy slams – everyone was having a great time, and this was before the legendary Waterslide kicked off. Once again we quote from the hotzone.tv blog: “Never before has the Penken witnessed Iron man, a storm trooper and a more than a couple of naked people attempt to to ride across the water to safety.” Then things immediately got out of hand with the Wax Wreckaz spinning their tunes at the Grillhof Alm with support by FBBB’s Dj Chico and the inimitable MC Henry Jackson. And the traditional Eristoff forest party was the best thing ever, even though noone attending seemed to remember anything but the stellar Dizzee Rascal performance.
Good times ratio at Snowbombing 2012: 11/10.