We've been sent over a wee teaser from the fine folk at QParks, who build and maintain the renowned Vans Penken Park Mayrhofen, Austria. As well as being one of the best snowparks in Europe, it's the home of a whole host of international riders, as well as numerous numbers of talented locals, and European riders. There'll be a full edit dropping later this year, but in the meantime let the lovers of the Penken wax the lyrical on how the park has played a part in their passion for snowboarding.
From QParks HQ: Almost every recognised rider has been here at least once in his or her career. Without its existence, the Zillertal valley wouldn't be the same; it adds to the reason why visitors can’t escape the unique atmosphere of the legendary valley. Standing as the haven of the European freestyle scene, and catalyst to a number of careers that either started or took decisive directions from it – it can only be the Vans Penken Park.
Mayrhofen’s Werni Stock is one of the most successful Austrian's on the international stage of snowboarding. Roman Rohrmoser, international freeride pro, drops into 90ft cliffs and is becoming a father in a few weeks. Manuel Eder, former competitor and now dedicated park designer, takes care that the legend of the Vans Penken Park lives on.
Billy Morgan was among the first riders on Earth to attempt the triple and stomped it with millions of views on YouTube. His UK teammate Jamie Nicholls, is representative of the ambitious generation of competitive riders in snowboarding. Rowan Coultas, youngest of the British national team, had turned 12 when his family moved to Mayrhofen five years ago – and is now well on his way to conquering the international contest scene.
All of them are protagonists of a common story that needs to be told – the story of the Vans Penken Park Mayrhofen.