In the Dutch oven.
After a down day in the rain checking out all Salzburg has to offer (some nice car parks for skating and a lot of Mozart souvenir shops) the team headed to sunny Sölden for the second leg of their shoot. Solden happens to be the home town of Rudi our photographer who knows every inch of the mountain – so we were incredibly looked after. Being so high up with snow conditions were epic for this time of year and we even got some pow turns in – check out what Ben had to say about day one…
Private kicker? Stoked!
Well the first day in Solden started with opening curtains to a complete bluebird day. I wasn’t really informed for what we were doing today until the morning when Rudi, the photographer said ‘we have a private kicker with snowmobile lift access.’ The excitement of the group suddenly went through the roof when this was mentioned!
Sure enough when we got up top we were diverted into a little valley where avalanches had been deliberately set off to gather snow below and then sculpted into perfect jumps. The session started off with a couple of the smaller spins to get good photo’s. Jamie and sparrow seemed completely exhilarated by the constant flow of snowmoblie rides back up to the drop-in point. The advantage you get is having about 10 jumps in 10 minutes and therefore getting plenty more photos.
When the session heated up Jamie managed to pull out a couple 9’s and a cab 10 out of his already impressive bag of tricks and Sparrow managed to land a switch backside 7 which would make even Mr T.Rice go ‘woah!’.
When the snowboarding came to it’s end, the creases in all of our faces from smiling just showed what a great, successful day it had been and was definitely one to put into my best 5 days ever snowboarding.
Later in the night we had a massive BBQ on a cliff above the town and took a load of rad lifestyle shots. Chris Kightley also joined us in his broken state (smashed ankle) putting on some great blue steel poses for the camera.