[If there’s one photo that sums up both the 3BTeamWeek – and Bataleon itself – it’s this shot of this guy. Danny Kiebert is the brand’s creative director, sends it as hard as the team, and runs on 100% good vibes. All photos: Cyril Mueller]
This season, the Bataleon Snowboards crew acquired the keys to a box-fresh, hella pimp chalet nestled in a glorious fold of Austrian alpine and a mere 5 minutes’ drive from the epic terrain of Flachauwinkl. At the Bataleon Lodge the 3BT fam would be able to spend the winter fine-tuning prototypes, introducing stores to their 17/18 range and – as the season wound down – hosting their ample global team for a week-long photo- and video shoot in the spring slush. When we were invited to swing by, hang out and shoot for a week, we checked our calendar, saw it said ‘office shit’ and peaced the hell out there to check what the team would be throwing…
The Bataleon Lodge is a snowboarder’s wet dream. This plush pad has all the amenities the 21st century snowboarder could ever want – good wifi, crates of Gösser and a limitless supply of snacks – and is located next to a restaurant where you can gorge yourself on all manner of pork and potato combos. More importantly, the Lodge is stacked with the latest Bataleon steeds and Switchback bindings, enabling visitors to test out all manner of the new swag, plus it’s a stone’s throw from the lift accessing Flachauwinkl and the Absolut Park. And a finer shooting and testing ground you’d be hard pressed to find in Europe.