Every year, the Almdudler Snowpark Sölden impresses with a setup that is second to none. And every year, we are prone to believe that it can’t get any better than this. Well, and every year anew, park designer Christoph Schöpf and his crew prove to us how wrong we were in our assumption. And the season 2012/13 is no exception to this rule. Be it the Oakley Box, the Almdudler Jibcan or the massive kickers of the now complete Pro Line, it never gets boring! And since the park is finally shining in all its glory, it’s time for the eagerly anticipated park check!
Naturally, Christoph and his men are always as keen as mustard to have a nice session in their park, so they invited a whole armada of riders to the Almdudler Snowpark Sölden to put the new setup to the quality test. For hours, snowboarders Jonel Fricke, Angelo Gastl, Daniel Moesel and Max De Boer hit one run after the other. And the guys were more than impressed by the creativity of the new setup! We grabbed snowboarder Jonel Fricke for a little interview:
Hi Jonel! How do you like this year’s setup? Have you found your favorite obstacle yet?
Like every year, the setup is simply a delight. My favorites are the pro kicker line and the obstacles in the pro rail line.
What distinguishes the Almdudler Snowpark Sölden from other parks? Why is it the ideal home base?
Its creativity definitely distinguishes it from other parks. There are numerous imaginative obstacles that are not to be found just everywhere. Additionally, the setup is perfectly shaped on a daily basis!
You used to work as shaper in Sölden. What was your shaper-life like? Would you consider a comeback?
I had an awesome time being a shaper in Sölden! I can only recommend it. The guys are pretty relaxed and life in Sölden is great fun! Concerning a comeback: sure, anytime.
In your opinion, what makes a good rider? Does he need to be an all-rounder, or should he specialize in one field like park, powder, street, etc. How important are contests in this decision?
A good rider is anyone, who uses his head when shredding, rides responsibly and knows, what he can handle. I think that you shouldn’t concentrate on just one aspect of snowboarding, but get to know the whole diversity of shredding. Regarding contests, I don’t believe a rider should be judged solely by his contest victories. I’m convinced that video clips tell you much more about the skills of a rider and if he’s good or not.
Now you’ve heard it, the new setup’s rocking this winter pro style! To get an idea of what we’re talking about, and check out the video edit we put together from the park check shooting. In the clip, park designer Christoph Schöpf guides you personally through the new setup. Additionally, we got a gallery with the best shots of the biggest freestyle playground in the Ötztal for you. Enjoy!