15/12/2011 | by Uli Köhler
Arnette Goggles ran a video contest last season to uncover some of the most promising rookie riders in Europe. The winners from the different countries not only won a bunch of swag and support for the upcoming season, they also netted a roadtrip across the glaciers of the continent this fall. This video shows what went down…
What a crew – five of the lucky winners of the Arnette ALL EYES ON ME Snow Rookie Project 2011, filmer Felix Urbauer and photographer Lorenz Holder gathered in beautiful Saas Fee late at night in the beginning of October. Earlier this year Thomas Kigle (GER), Gregor Betschon (CH), Louis Labertrande (F) Marius Bakken (NO), Andreas Grong (NO) and Roland Hörtnagl (A) applied with their own videos to take part in the project and ended up in the top five of the participating countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Norway. In the end, each of them won Arnette product support for the upcoming season 2011/2012 along with this road trip through some of the Alps’ hotspots.
The set-up was perfect that Friday night in Saas Fee. Motivation and excitement to start off a ten day road trip couldn’t have been higher. Nobody knew that there were three down days full of weather antics to outlive. We’ve been told that the Saas Fee Glacier hadn’t been closed for so many days in a row in the last two decades. However, weather is what you have to deal with when you want to go snowboarding.
But Arnette wouldn’t be Arnette if they didn’t make the most fun out of it – no matter what it is. Of course they found some fun alternatives like skateboarding, racing go-carts, summer sledding or playing golf in the beautiful surroundings of Saas Fee. And finally, on the fourth day, the glacier opened and the rookies could show their skills in the park.
Later that day the trip went on and the crew stopped at one of the coolest playgrounds Europe has to offer: The Freestyle Academy in Laax. Time to pull some crazy tricks into the foam pit, do some trampolining or skate the academy’s lovely bowl. Also Arnette team rider Alex Tank joined the crew that night to stay for the rest of the tour , which was quite entertaining and inspiring for everyone.
Leaving Laax behind, the tour buses headed for the last stop of the trip at the Kaunertal Glacier. A perfectly shaped park waited to be checked out. After shooting some artsy pictures due to foggy conditions on the first day, the next two days turned out to be perfectly sunny and everyone was happy, enjoying loads of laps in the park and the obligatory last-night-of-the-trip-party to the fullest.
All in all, the trip was a great experience for the rookies and they returned home with their first professional photos and video footage.
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