A lot happened last weekend at the Stubai Premiere 2015. Piste-side pow laps, a bunch of fun-focussed jam sessions and of course some epic parties.
Rolling into Stubai's parking lot and being greeted with half a foot of fresh was a little unexpected, so we were all the more frothing as we rode our way up the gondola to sneak a couple cheeky pow laps before the programme got started in the park. It's pre-season, though, so while there was an abundance of new snow it was all on bony rock and as such we ignored the white siren fields for fear of a Schumachering and concentrated on slashing un-pisted pockets beside the groomers.
After a couple of leg burners it was time for the Horsefeathers Wheel of Shred in the Stubai Zoo park. Here an assortment of riders from near and far threw down on the triple-stepped waterfall rail, the highlight being a Czech dude called Simon trying a fastplant boardslide, getting it all kinds of wrong, and taking one to the spuds before exploding on the landing. The dude was a Viking, though, so he went back up and nailed it. Bossman.
Saturday was a bit clearer in the morning, and saw attention focussed on the park's Pro Line for the DC Back to Back session. The Back to Back concept was impressive for every rider, and everyone was sending it hard and feeling the kicker line. As a reward the riders not only got a €1000 purse, but also some nice swag from DC Snowboarding.
Bosstrian legend Werni Stock took first with BS 9 to Switch BS 9, second was Simon Gruber with Siegerline: BS 5 Stale to Switch BS 5 Stale and rounding out the podium was Philip Kundratitz with BS 7 Melon to FS 7 Melon
Additionally the Brandsaloon bustling as ever, with punters, industry and media testing as much as they could. As the saying goes, when you're having fun time flies by quickly.
Come Sunday, with a few usual suspects nursing sore heads, the park got freshly prepared and there was another fine day of action on the Stubai Glacier. As a highlight some ThirtyTwo team riders were rocking around the the Zoo, with the likes of Toni Kerkelä, Kas Lemmens, Joe Sexton, Chris Grenier and Benny Urban in town following the premiere of the new 32 movie the night before.
As ever, the Stubai Opening was a hella good time, and one that got us and everyone else who showed up properly frothing for winter.