The 3rd edition of the Volcom banked slalom at Kitzsteinhorn was another one for the books!
It all started with a good snow dump before the weekend that made shapers shovel extra hard, but also stoked out some early arriving competitors with a few powder turns. It continued with two consecutive days of sunshine, allowing everyone to shred the snowparks in between race runs with the best conditions you could get.
This year’s course was again just over 1min, so legs, hearts and lungs were well tested, but depending on your finish time your ego could be severely tested, especially if you’re a seasoned guide from Chamonix or a quad-corking park ripper and you get beaten by a 17 years old girl, which can happen in this kind of event.
Some legends and pros were on the start list along with locals, speed freaks from all over Europe and snowboarding enthusiasts which made for a great mix of people and a great weekend!
The day ended with the Volcom Castle Rock Out, a massive party at the medieval castle of Kaprun, starting with The Black Tambourines, playing their party fuelled garage rock from London, and continuing with headliners Mozes And The Firstborn from Netherlands, partying with everyone while playing and finishing with DJ Stephan Rathgeb who kept the spirits high and Austrian refreshments flowing all night.
A million thanks to everyone who attended the events and even more thanks to the ones who helped make this happen: the resort of Kitzsteinhorn for all the support and its shapers, Extra shapers from Montafon, Bulgaria and other resorts that helped finish up the course, Rosmarie and her staff at Active Leitner’s hotel in Kaprun for being the best, Misha and the Burg crew, and all the Volcom staff. Video from Revival agency and all photos from Vernon Deck and Martin Hermann.
1st-Michael David - Spot at 2017 Mt Baker Banked Slalom! - 00:01:02,90
2nd-Pontus Stalhkloo - 00:01:02,92
3rd- Arthur Longo - 00:01:03,27
4th-Ludvig Biltoft - 00:01:03,82
5th- Levi Luggen - 00:01:04,38
1st-Chloé Sillières - 00:01:07,67
2nd-Conny Bernert - 00:01:09,76
3rd-Ana Rumiha - 00:01:10,75
4th-Kathrin Gappmayr - 00:01:10,80
5th-Aline Bock - 00:01:11,59
1st-Pascal Imhof - 00:01:04,87
2nd-Ivo Gmur - 00:01:04,93
3rd Peter Bauer - 00:01:05,13
4th Christophe Lind - 00:01:05,84
5th Rene Bruner - 00:01:06,91
1st- Friedl Kolar - 00:01:06,36
2nd-Oren Tanzer - 00:01:08,48
3rd-Remi Lamazouere - 00:01:08,57
4th-Michael Azenberg - 00:01:09,86
5th-Mathieu Siboni - 00:01:10,95