Snickers Nordpark Sessions 2009

When: Feb 19-22

Where: Innsbruck, Austria


Wolle Beer – all photos; Stefan Eigner

After two second places, Rudi Kröll (AUT) from Zillertal valley finally managed to take victory at the legendary CHECK THE RIPPER contest at the SNICKERS NORDPARK SESSIONS 2009 presented by Atomic, Sandy Gecek (AUT) won the female snowboarders’ comp.

On Thursday, a blue bird sky welcomed the riders to the SNICKERS NORDPARK SESSIONS 2009 presented by Atomic. The event began with the Skyline Expression Session at the Skyline Park and the SNICKERS Highest Air Session at the quarter-pipe. Wolle Beer (AUT) was the rider of the day: he showed the highest air of the session and was also chosen the most impressive rider winning over Sani
Alibabic
(AUT) and Lars Oesterle (GER).

On Friday night, the floodlight event Hit da Pipe took place at the super-pipe of the Skyline Park. As it was snowing heavily, the organizers decided to do just a relaxed jam session without a judging panel. A lot of old warheads, young rippers and wellknown legends enjoyed the amicable session in the pipe.

Check The Ripper: „Mission accomplished!“

On Saturday, the legendary Check the Ripper event took place for the 15th consecutive year. Again, it was snowing heavily, while the participants tried to detect the best all-round rippers on skis and snowboards: at this unique contest format, they first had to ride some freestyle elements and then the unprepared, super-steep Eastern Slope. The riders had to show a mixture of freeriding and freestyle skills: they got a time bonus for their tricks on the kickers and then had to ride the freeride slope as fast as possible.

At the snowboarders’, “Ästhetiker” Rudi Kröll (AUT) wanted to finally take victory at this contest after he had been second twice. He showed a perfect Cab 900 winning him a time bonus of 11.5 seconds and was able to keep this lead up to the finish line. “Mission accomplished!” he stated afterwards. “I’m stoked that I was able to take victory at these difficult conditions with bad visibility and lots of powder. It’s cool to be the over-all winner!” Surprisingly, event organizer and freerider Tobi Örley (AUT) was the fastest at the Eastern slope and took second. David Reinthaler (AUT) was third. The trio on the podium got non-cash prizes like a Bionicon mountain bike and a surf board. Rudi Kroell also won a trip to the Chillhouse Surfcamp Bali. He will take his girlfriend Sandy Gecek (AUT) with him who won the female snowboarders’ (AUT) took third.


Tobi Örley, Rudi Kröll and David Reinthaler

After the prize-giving, the participants of the SNICKERS NORDPARK SESSIONS presented by Atomic enjoyed the legendary wild-boar BBQ and the party at WOLKE 7 near Hungerburg.

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Results

1. Rudi Kroell (AUT)
2. Tobi Oerley (AUT)
3. David Reinthaler (AUT)

1. Sandy Gecek (AUT)
2. Kathrin Gappmayr (AUT)
3. Bettina Koeffler (AUT


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Snickers Nordpark Sessions 2009

Freestyle sessions, parties and the 15th CHECK THE RIPPER contest including the legendary wild boar BBQ: the snowboard scene is looking forward to the SNICKERS NORDPARK SESSIONS 2009 presented by Atomic at Innsbruck’s Nordpark.

From February 19th to 22nd 2009, many internationally renowned riders will join in the sessions at the snow park, the half-pipe and the allmountain course!

The warm-up: Skyline Expression Session
On February 19th 2009, the Skyline Expression Session will once again give the SNICKERS NORDPARK SESSIONS the go-ahead. For this open session, new extra obstacles will be erected at the Nordpark’s Skyline Park allowing the riders to show creative and innovative manoeuvres. This format guarantees high-level freestyle riding within the scope of a photo-shooting. At the afternoon, the SNICKERS Highest Air Session will take place at the Skyline Park’s quarter-pipe.

Under floodlight: Hit da Pipe
On Friday evening, February 20th 2009, the Hit da Pipe Session will be held at the 120-metre super-pipe, which will be perfectly prepared for the event. All riders are welcome to enjoy a joint evening with a nice BBQ high above the lights of Innsbruck.

Wanted: the ultimate Ripper!
Finally, the traditional Check the Ripper competition will once again be the highlight of the SNICKERS NORDPARK SESSIONS: at February 21st 2009 (bad weather day: February 22nd), it will take place for the 15th time! Sporting a worldwide unique format, this contest will identify the ultimate all-round rippers on snowboards and skis. The course will lead over several freestyle elements, perfectly shaped banks and the ungroomed, 70-percent steep Osthang (East Slope) down to the finish line. This combination of style and speed is truly unique: you can only win if you get the time bonus for showing stylish tricks at the park section and if you are also one of the
strongest freeriders at the off-piste terrain.

High-carat non-cash prizes like surfboards, travels, downhill MTBs and more await the participants… And the legendary wild boar BBQ concluding the Check the Ripper contest on Saturday as well as several parties during the week will for sure also add to some terrific days at the SNICKERS NORDPARK SESSIONS presented by Atomic!

For more information please go to www.nordparksessions.com


Rider: Joshi Schaschl