This is the official report of the 26th Kaunertal Opening, which went down from 14 to 16 October 2011.
In the last three days thousands of snow park addicts came to the Kaunertal and celebrated the start into the new park season. The theme of this weekend was „shred, test and party till dawn“.
Fresh snow, clear blue sky and three days of sunshine accompanied the visitors through an unforgettable opening – perfect conditions to start the season in the Snowpark Kaunertal with lots of action. The open park and the contest line were perfectly shaped, which was great for the riders to show their best tricks and jumps. The pros and amateurs battled in the contests on the kicker line, equipped with a canon box and a pipe, which guaranteed also jib-fun.
But not only the snow park was full of action. The testival area with 50 brands held out against the big run and people tested their gear three days long. For sure everyone found his or her shred-gear for this winter season in the end. The rail at the glacier restaurant was a magnet for all jibbers who showed their best tricks in relaxed sessions and also the K2 snowboard „pop this!“-tour stopped on the youngest glacier of Tyrol. At this highest-ollie-contest the riders demonstrated their jumping skills.
„There could not have been any better snow and weather conditions than at this year´s 26th Kaunertal Opening. For the first time at a Kaunertal Opening the mini shred snow park was open for everyone. That is one reason why we could see lots of happy faces, which had jib-fun in the sun. The perfectly shaped snow park is now officially open and welcomes the park shredders”, says the marketing manager of the Kaunertaler Gletscherbahnen, Stefan Richter.
On Saturday numerous well-known snowboard pros entertained the crowd and the organizers guaranteed a perfect setting and also a smooth running order. This gave the pros the best conditions to show their best performances, which gave the judges a hard time for their decision-making. American snowboarder Eric Beauchemin convinced the judges with a „cab 9 und BS rodeo 7 nosegrab“ and won the prize money.
1st man – Eric Beauchemin (USA)
2nd man - Dani Mösl (A)
3rd man - Chris Schaidreiter (A)
1st woman - Julia Baumgartner (A)
Best Rookie – Philipp Kuntraditz (A)
Also the amateurs battled hard for their ranks and showed their tricks in the same set-up. The winners were rewarded with cool product prizes from the testival partners and the Kaunertaler Gletscherbahnen.
1st man – David Loibl (A)
2nd man - Roman Dlauhy (CZ)
3rd man - Stefan Karl (CH)
1st woman - Melina Merkhoffer
Best Rookie – Dominik Metzler (A)
BUFF RAIL SESSION presented by ONBOARD
Already on Friday the program started with the legendary rail session at the glacier restaurant Weisssee. In middle of a huge crowd. Steve Grumser was awarded with the „best overall“ in the snowboarders field.
After grandiose days on the mountain numerous party addicts celebrated in the party tent in Feichten. On Friday IBK Tribe, Bilderbuch and Chrisfader & Testa kept the crowd dancing all night long. In addition M.O.G. Production and Aestivation Entertainment showed their latest movies. On Saturday evening the Pirate Movie Production and Legs Of Steel presented their newest flicks before Nosliw and Afrob, D-Flame & DJ Dynamite and the Wax Wreckaz rocked the tent and continued the party marathon.
PREVIEW – KTO 2012
After this awesome opening weekend we are already looking forward to next year’s 27th Kaunertal Opening from 10th to 12th October 2012.