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Laax Season Kickoff 2015: Full Report and Gallery

There’s no doubt about it, Laax is one of the finest resorts in the whole of Euroland for snowboarding.

When an invite for the 2015 Laax Season Kickoff dropped into our inbox, there was no way we could turn down the chance to hit up the pristine park and insane groomers, check out the revamped No Name bar, and be entertained by some world-class music acts – all under perfect bluebird conditions.

The Cash for Tricks on Saturday saw a bunch of kids rock up to the park to throw-down in return for some cola/beer/candy-fuelling Swiss dollar, and after getting a few runs ourselves, we returned to the village for the Burton Store Opening, live music and a chance to catch up with the homies. In the evening the whole of Laax descended on a fully packed-out Riders Palace for a killer performance from Fritz Kalkbrenner.

Scroll on to check out all of the shots and be sure to hit up Laax this season – we certainly cannot wait to return for the Laax Open on the 18th-24th January!

Laax is open yo! There’s not a whole load of snow just yet, but there’s still a bunch of terrain to shred and the park is immaculate! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Mikkel Bang and Transform Gloves’ Tom Kingsnorth doing some line scouting. Photo: Sam Oetiker
British ripper and Mayrhofen head shaper Ross Needham was out in Laax for the weekend and was throwing down! Photo: Sam Oetiker
We’re not sure who this kid is but he had some sick style during the Cash For Tricks session. Photo: Sam Oetiker
The drop in for the first feature of the Cash For Tricks rail jam. Photo: Sam Oetiker
One of the Laax locals locking into a solid nosepress. As far as downbars go, they don't really get much better than this one. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Ross Needham with a switch back blunt on the Jersey barrier – feature 2 of the Cash For Tricks jam! Photo: Sam Oetiker
It was rad to see all ages and levels of riders getting involved in the session. Lil’ homie with a solid back board. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Lucas Baume taking a unique line and hitting the barrier from the side with this most blunted of blunts. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Jeron Lohner locking into a bolts front blunt. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Unknown ripper, front board. Photo: Sam Oetiker
It's virtually impossible to come to Laax and not be blown away by the scenery. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Another unknown homie getting squared up on a back-lip through the Jersey barrier. Photo: Sam Oetiker
The riding level of the Laax locals is super high, great style all round and lots of talented kids throwing down! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Myriony Moss went for an insane boardslide to backflip on the A-frame rail…
… And logged the slam of the entire day on his second attempt. Head slide anyone?
Jeron Lohner with a stylish back blunt up and over the A-frame. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Back Lip. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Swiss homeboy Lucas Baume was doing some dope switch-ups on the A-frame. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Some seriously stoked grommets flashing their day's winnings. Is that the most gangster little kid you've ever seen? Photo: Sam Oetiker
Making it rain! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Burton’s Riglet program is one of the most important things in snowboarding right now – it’s never too early to get kids standing on their first board, and the Riglet parks, like the one down in Flims are doing just that. Photo: Tom Kingsnorth
Always a good time catching up with these bosses: Werni Stock, Tom Kingsnorth, Mikkel Bang. Photo: Sam Oetiker
An afternoon coffee at the freshly revamped No Name bar overlooking one of the finest parks in the whole of Euroland - there's really nothing better! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Burton balloons! Photo: Sam Oetiker
With the sun dropping low over the mountains, it was time to get on the Apres at the Indy bar. Photo: Sam Oetiker
One of the iconic Rocks Resort buildings that adorn the base-area of Laax. If you ever get a chance to stay in one of these apartments, take it! Photo: Sam Oetiker
This weekend marked the opening of two new fully kitted-out Burton stores in the area – one in Laax by the main rental store, and one down in Flims at the main gondola up. Go check em’! Photo: Sam Oetiker
So much nice stuff! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Overview of the brand new Burton Store in Laax. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Time for some Gluhwein! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Hibou Crew warming up the crowd with some choice tunes before the main event – a Who is Panda concert. Photo: Sam Oetiker
Who is Panda in full swing! Photo: Sam Oetiker
Huge thanks to Laax, Burton and anyone else who made this weekend one to remember!

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