19/02/2013 | by Tom Copsey
Counting down the days, Saalbach Hinterglemm is getting ready for the Ästhetiker Winter MÄSH presented by G-Shock, the inaugural edition of the Music, Art and Snowboard Happening over February 13th to 15th 2013. Some of the best European Snowboarders will face off against Austrian Stars at the Nightpark of Hinterglemm in a unique Crew Battle format snowboard competition culminating in the great Night Finals on Friday. Three days of intense action and boardsport culture will hit the town with a extensive music lineup including the Stereo MCs vs Bam (Jungle Brothers) Dueling DJ Set, free open air Texta concert, The Ruff Pack and many more. The events Art element will see Alpine Palace host the interactive ‘Art Space’ and the ultimate Whiteout Bunker´s Up! Tour Longest Drive Golf Challenge – possibly the first at a snowboard contest – will wrap up the side events.
Crew Battle at the Nightpark Hinterglemm
Ästhetiker events have become famous for their `Gang Bang´ style teams formats, and this will yet again be front and center at the inaugural Winter MÄSH, featuring a 2-Man hit squad. Twelve invited teams will meet four qualified teams for the 16-team Head-to-Head Knockout night time finals, rail wizardry meeting air time, as the riders overall joint performance will determine the winners through a Team Format Judging system. For the Snowboard Team Battle, the Nightpark Hinterglemm has created a brand-new contest line: starting with the Fiat ‘Triple Down’ entry feature, before riders move on to the Vans Double Booter, through to the G-Shock Block before finishing in the renown Red Bull End Section right in front of the crowd at the Schwarzacher Restaurant in Hinterglemm.
First five Invited Snowboard Pro Teams announced
With the first confirmed invited 2-man teams, the snowboard action is guaranteed to get hot and heavy! `Young Guns` like Team YMCA’s Mathias Weissenbacher and Clemens Schattschneider already look like an imposing force on paper, but don’t take anything for granted with other raging bull new comers already teamed up, including Team The Collective boasting the impressive Swiss rider, Max Buri, and indomitable Norwegian, Brage Richenberg. Experience may still win the day, with The Homies consisting of Tonton Holland and Jules Raymond from Switzerland, Team G-Cocks captained by Chris Kroell teaming up with Mario Wanger, or Team Absolut captained by Herbie Thaler and team-mate Michi Stanschitz coming to the table. More invited teams will be announced shortly, finishing up the twelve teams directly invited into the 16-Team Head-to-Head Knockout main event to meet four teams coming from qualification.
Snowboard Qualification Inscription open for all teams
The Snowboard Qualifications is open to any and all 2-man crew’s, up until 25 teams. The best four Qualification teams will join the 12 invited crews for the 16-Team Head-to-Head main event culminating in the Friday night Finals. Inscription are now open on www.wintermash.com.
Three days of musical mayhem will kick off on Wednesday with the infamous Red Bull Brandwagen Street Party bringing “The Ruff Pack“ feat. Holunder (Blumentopf) to the streets of Saalbach Hinterglemm. Right after, the Desperados x Vice x Winter MÄSH Opening Party presents The New Tower Generation feat. DJ Buzz in the Älternative Location – the Glemmerkeller. Thursday Night´s FM4 Club presents the mighty Stereo MCs vs Bam (Jungle Brothers) Dueling DJ Set, supported by DJ Chrisfader and DJ Testa at the Der Schwarzacher in Hinterglemm. The Austrian HipHop Crew Texta will headling the closing act on site, honoring 20-years of Texta and Ästhetiker history with a free Open Air Concert backed by the S.K. Ambassadors post the Friday Night Finals. Watch the video about 20 years of Texta and Ästhetiker history here.
Identified dedicated walls in Hinterglemm turn into an interactive art space, where live Street Art pieces will be completed by !OnArt.eu artists, Mafia, Biocut and Fresh Max Aka Saim joined by Nic Ripz from the BlamBlamBlam Graffiti Gallery, Zurich. Flo Breitfuss and his team from glemmart.at will start the live wood carving creation of the Snowboard Contest winner’s trophies. Wednesday’s Art Space opening will present the raw wood and start with the first cut. The creation process can be visited all-MÄSH-long with the completed trophies being unveiled at Friday nights Art Space ‘Finish-sage’ before moving to the Nightpark Finals, ready for presentation to the MÄSH winning teams.
For the first time at a Snowboard contest, Whiteout Golfing Bunker´s Up! Tour and the Alpine Palace present a Longest Drive Golf Challenge – the “BIG BÄSH AT THE WINTER MÄSH.” Held on a full sized golf simulator, riders, media and special guests will get the chance to demonstrate their plastic whacking abilities – with real clubs, real balls on a cyber course at the Alpine Palace.