When: 21st-23rd February
Where: Innsbruck, Austria
The weather gods were on their best behaviour during the three days of the SNICKERS NORDPARK SESSIONS: bluebird and springlike temperatures made for good vibes at the Nordpark high over Innsbruck. On Thursday, the event kicked off with a freestyle session at the snowpark, the SKYLINE EXPRESSION SESSION. Just for this contest, the quarter-pipe had been extended to 6.5 metres. Sani Alibabic (AUT) convinced the judges with his one-footed tricks and was crowned the most impressive rider. David Reinthaler (AUT) and Daniel Limmer (AUT) were the winners of the SNICKERS HIGHEST AIR SESSION.
Next stop: the HIT DA PIPE SESSION, a photo-shooting at the floodlit super-pipe on Friday evening presented a perfect warm-up for the CHECK THE RIPPER competition! The riders were in high spirits and especially Wolle Beer (AUT) amazed everyone with his high airs: the most impressive rider of the day! Nearly just as fascinating, were the difficult spins shown by Xaver Hoffmann (GER) and Patrick Tilg (AUT), as well as Austrian Mone Monsberger’s stylish moves.
The following day, excitement rose to boiling point when the 14th CHECK THE RIPPER took place. Presented with fantastic weather, all riders were motivated to give it their everything. As in the previous years, the legendary CHECK THE RIPPER competition offered a unique combination of style and speed: skills in both disciplines were necessary to have a chance to win. The course lead from the Skyline Park to the banks at the Osthang ridge and then to the freeride section at the steep Osthang slope. Directly after the start, the riders dropped from a small cliff into the first bank which was followed by the first kicker where they had to show some technical and stylish trickery. Nice high banks with little jumps in between succeeded: this was the part of the course where the riders had the most fun. At the steep Osthang, the riders had to meet a last challenge before they reached the finish line exhaustedly.
The winners As in the previous year, the “Aesthetiker" Rudi Kroell missed victory by a zilch. The Austrian from the Zillertal valley had bad luck when a skier disregarded the barriers and constrained his ride. In the end, Kroell was beaten by only 13 hundredths by the happy youngster Stefan Wimmer from Salzburg (AUT). Wimmer proved his unbelievable talent showing perfect 900s and some excellent freeride skills in the section on the Osthang.
Snowboard Men 1. Stefan Wimmer (AUT) 2. Rudi Kroell (AUT) 3. Christoph Weber (GER)
Female Snowboard 1. Kathrin Gappmayr (AUT) 2. Regina Lind (GER) 3. Bibi Pekarek (AUT)
SKYLINE EXPRESSION SESSION Most Impressive Rider: Sani Alibabic (AUT) Highest Air: David Reinthaler (AUT) & Daniel Limmer (AUT)
HIT DA PIPE SESSION Most Impressive Rider: Wolle Beer (AUT)