[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.
[Above: Mario Käppeli dropping banked style bombs. Photo: Matt McHattie]
SPC park designer Klaus Marko – aka Captain Chaos – and Ästhitiker president Steve Gruber will come together again next winter to create this unique event, which will mark the 25-year milestone of the first official world championship held in Ischgl. This is the same event in which snowboarding legend Terje Haakonsen won his first world title and will also commemorate 25 years for the Ästhetiker crew, thus providing the perfect set-up to celebrate all that is snowboarding.
This new Banked Air event aims to showcase the snowboarding heroes of the 90’s era who are still pushing the sport a quarter of a century later. BANKED DAYS will bring the young and old together where riders will be awarded for height, style and speed over the course.
Enjoy some shots from the test event, and mark this in your calendars already for next season. Shit's gonna POP!