[Make sure you also check out the video highlights from all the days at the Hotzone Hintertux Opening.]
Last weekend, the Austrian glacier resort of Hintertux rang in the new season in style with another banging edition of the Hotzone Hintertux Park Opening. The TTR's Francesca Page made the pilgrimage with our German ed and hit us up with the lowdown...
Blazing sun, blazing kit and blazing riding pretty much sums up the Hotzone.Tv Park Opening at Hintertux last weekend. With a recent snowfall on the Glacier, both the pros themselves and the general public took to the Austrian mountain to mark the onset of the winter season. Held between October 30th and September 2nd, the Better Park shapers boasted a new playground of rails, boxes and solid kickers for every rider to hit.
The official opening on Saturday provided no end of activities. Once up at Fernerhaus, the public were confronted with products from more than 20 brands being offered to test free of charge. In the park itself, Pros and Ams provided some great entertainment for snow junkies, which was soon followed by the ‘Hotzone Session of the Dudes.' Here Marko Grilc stole the show with his backside 10 Double Corks, frontside 3s, backflips and a 5 to switch double shifty, bagging himself the ‘Most Impressive Rider’ award. Peter König took the title of ‘Most Stylish Rider,’ with his backside 5 to Cab 5 and double frontflip to backside rodeo combos on the two-hit line, while Roland Tschoder was given a ‘Special Award’ for the tricks he laid down. In between all the snow sessions, there was no problem grabbing some complimentory hot wine at the Rhythm tent, or just hitting the BBQ terrace at the Tux Fernerhaus whilst being entertained with beats from DJ NLP.
As the burning sun gave way to mountain fresh air, everyone headed down to the ‘Aftershed Session’ at the parking lot of the Hintertux glacier gondola. Here the entertainment continued with a Gloryfy 'Bag Drop Bomb Session' where public were dared to take a 6-8 foot drop onto a big air bag…. not for the fearful of heights! If falling from a crane wasn’t your thing, you could head over to see K2 who were running the ‘Pop This: Highest Ollie tournament,’ where Sebi Müller topped the competition with an impressive height of 1m. Yet for those who simply wanted a break from all the riding, the Analog tent offered an après ski beer to cool down after a day in the park. Hitting the party on Saturday night, Rhythm had expanded the outdoor area of the usual venue Hohenhaustenne, with a vast tent and vast amount of boozing! To begin with there was the video world premiere of Argon Films' (a new Austrian movie production company) movie Euphoria, which fired the crowd up for a night of great tunes with a great atmosphere.
After a long night, for those up and ready to roll on Sunday, the top shredders headed to the ‘Cash for Trix Session,’ where Michi Schatz, Simon Pircher, Seppi Scholler and Georg Obermeissner all stood out and bagged some cash. In the afternoon, some companies had even devised special highlights for visitors, such as the Billabong Kids Session where rookies could have their picture taken by Pleasure mag's Senior Photographer Markus "Fischi" Fischer, or get personal tips from snowboarding legend and Billabong team rider Wolle Nyvelt. The most impressive tricks the kids shot here were a 270 front board, frontside boardslide, and even a backside 360, one-footed!
All in all, blessed with great weather and great people Hintertux provided a weekend that truly marked the opening of both an impressive park, and an impressive season of snowboarding ahead.
- Francesca Page