The New School Gathering at the Dachstein glacier took place between 24–26 November 2006.
Though the competition is an important part of the New School Gathering, the most important goal of the organizers, Malua Sports Events from Vienna, is to offer the all riders a first class season take-off by organizing a gathering in a perfect snowpark! The past weekend turned out to be a good choice to pull the first tricks of the upcoming season, because the Burton Superpark is in decent shape right now! The weather was good and fullfilled the wishes of all the riders that came there from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Netherlands and the Czech Republic. High temperatures and sunshine are not for granted on the glacier that time of year!
All prospects in the level of the middle-european freestyle-elite were complied as well. The show of the 53 participants was more than worth seeing, the audience could watch high end tricks like a 810 transfer to the down-part of the A-fram box, performed by Roy Kittler. Also remarkable is the fact that the youngest rider in the comp was only 9 years old and more and more girls join jib-sessions like that – which also makes a female high-level contest possible!
Fabio Studer from Austria was unbeatable that day, he showed a versatile and constant performance, was crowned to the “King of the Gathering” and could go home with 500 Euros in the end. Places 2 and 3 went to Daniel Schiessl from Germany and Luki Brucic from Innsbruck. Christine Huber from Germany got to be the “Queen of the Gathering” and Thaddäus Joas, also from Germany, won the price for the best competitor under an age of 16 years – he is now the “Prince of the Gathering”. Tobias Tritscher from Haus im Ennstal was elected to be the best local.
But the New School Gathering was not over after the contest and everyone joined the “Almdudler Apres Jib”, a traditional Kaiserschmarrn-meal and table-soccer tournament in the Waldschenke in Ramsau. After some pretty hard partying in Schladming, Sunday brought one more highlight to Dachstein. The last day of the New School Gathering was dedicated to the “Blue Tomato Style for Cash”! That means that everyone could take part in a session on the big roler-transfer and the judges gave 20 Euro to everybody that showed a stylish trick. So the ones rocking could go home with a generous pocket money!