SLUSHY FUN DURING FIRST OPENING DAY!
While many international pros had shown up in the Betterpark Hintertux on the pre-opening day on Thursday, a few clouds seemed to keep riders from having the same freestyle fun on the first official opening day. However, came afternoon the weather had improved and the riders were rewarded with almost spring-like conditions on slushy park lines. Austrian riders like Mathias Weissenbacher, Michi Schatz, Steve Gruber and Wolle Beer as well as international pros like Seppe Smits, Björn Simons and Mario Käppeli were riding. The latter was stoked on his day on the mountain: “At the beginning I wasn’t quite sure if things would work out snowboarding-wise. We went up on the mountain nonetheless, where conditions kept improving. We eventually had a sick session on the medium line!”Benni Mösl sending it over the medium kicker line.
The test area was surprisingly busy and visitors eagerly tested the latest snowboard gear from various brands. The crowds enjoyed riding the many new jib obstacles in the park. And during the adidas Jersey Jam host Henry Jackson pushed riders to show tricks for drink vouchers on the adidas barriers. A perfect ending to the first opening day, which will continue with the premiere of the new Pirates movie Distorted Reality and the Opening Warm Up Parties in Hintertux.Michi Schatz being Michi Schatz: dominating the adidas jib feature.
Tomorrow, a lot of top riders will show up again. “I am super motivated,” tells us Mario. “I haven’t strapped in to a snowboard in a long time. Even though the weather might be changeable I am sure I will have another good day!” The entire Opening program can be found here: http://opening.hotzone.tvMario Kaeppeli having fun on day 1