[Words and photos: Matt McHattie – @mmchattie]
The other weekend, Ischgl introduced a new retro era: reviving the legendary snowboard scene of the 90s, the BANKED AIR is a new event format with four hips at the top of the course which lead into a banked slalom run. On the 27th and 28th of March we held a test run for next year’s event with an open two-day session where riders could hit the course alongside snowboard kings from the 90s, and today’s younger snowboard talents.
Almost 50 participants showcased their skills creating a relaxed vibe on the mountain, yet it was great to see riders pushing each other over the features, celebrating the sport which influenced the lifestyle of a whole generation.
Ischgl has a long history of snowboarding events previously hosting the World Snowboarding Championships, the World Cup and other ISF World tour events.