On the 16th of March 2019, the first Girls Park Attack will take place. Organized by the GCD Crew (GCD meaning “Girls Can Do”) in cooperation with Blue Tomato, the day will focus on girls and women who want to get better at riding the snowpark or who even want to try it out for the first time. The GCD Crew is a group of women who have found together through their love for snowboarding. They will help others to grow their bag of tricks and to better their skills at park riding. Besides the costs for the lift ticket, the whole session is for free, so don’t miss this chance to get to know others and to up the ante!
“Die Freireiter”, Andreas Prielmaier and Thomas Mayer, met up with Sonnia Höffken, who is an avid yogini and freerider, in La Grave. The guys were skeptical at first, but after sharing some incredible runs with Sonnia (SkiYo – feel the flow! ®), they found the positive effects of yoga for skiers intriguing.
“The Uninvited” is an all-girls snowboard movie by the very talented snowboarder Jess Kimura. Jess produced, directed and funded this video, showcasing the great skills of snowboarders that she believes are the future of snowboarding.
The riders are:
Maria Thomsen, Miyon Yamaguchi, Kennedi Deck, Taylor Elliott, Darrah Reid, Alexa McCarty, Ylfa Runars, Karin Onozaki, Ivika Jurgenson, Laura Munro, Melissa Riitano, Anniina Perhovaara, & Madison Blackley.
Last weekend, we finally made it to the mountains with Burli! We met up with our friends “Pacher’s on tour” (check them out on Instagram, Facebook and visit their website!) for some winter camping days. First, we visited the Gemeindealpe in Lower Austria (or, as us Lower Austrians call it, the “Gmoa Oim”) where we did some fun laps and enjoyed the view to the Ötscher, one of the most characteristic and highest mountains in Lower Austria.
The Ötscher is incredible!
After that, we continued our trip to the Planneralm, which is always a safe bet for a good amount of natural snow. We have visited this rather small resort a lot of times already, because we dig the fact that they only have natural snow on the slopes. Also, the feeling up there is very raw and rural – after all day skiing guests have left and the lights in the few houses up there are on, it feels like winter wonderland straight from some kitschy fairy tale. Besides of riding on the slopes, the resort also offers a freeride area and out of bounds lots of terrain for freeriding and touring is available.
We indulged in snowboarding in the resort, freeriding, a splitboard tour up the Karlspitze and also went ninepin bowling – my first time, so far, I have only played tenpin bowling. Ninepin bowling was much harder for some reason, haha. Then, the Pacher’s left in direction of Fetzy’s World for some ice bathing and running through fire (yes, the Pacher’s ARE a bit wild ;)), whereas Roman and I went for the softer version and visited the Grimming Therme for a decent after-ride-chill.
Roman hiking towards Karlspitze on his splitboard.
Looking back towards the Planneralm ski resort on our way to the Karlspitze.
After a loooooong summer with a great surftrip to the Basque country, I had the chance to attend my first snowboard camp by Sportunion Kaltenleutgeben for this season. We went to the Kitzsteinhorn to get our first runs in. Sadly, the mountain still lacked a lot of snow, so we stuck to riding the slopes and the funpark.
My ultimate goal is to become a “well-rounded” snowboarder, meaning that I want to be able to cruise the backcountry just as gracefully as the funpark or the slopes. I am sure, improving in the park and working on my carving and general riding technique will help me become a better freerider as well.
The registration for some of the contests that I’m planning to compete in has already started, so I’m currently trying to get on aaallllll those starting lists. By the way, check out my new ATHLETE BIO page :)
Other than that, I’m looking forward to – hopefully – lots of fun days with friends – in the mountains, be it in the park, on the slopes or offpiste, where I hope for lots of touring and freeriding adventures.
Shades of Winter launches its first ever FilmFest – you will be able to watch 8 to 10 snow movies, for example Shades of Winter “Connects” or “Now or Never” by Nadine Wallner in various cities throughout Europe.
Also, meeting the athletes like Julia Mancuso, Nadine Wallner or Lorraine Huber will be possible at the tourstops.
The dates are:
FilmFest Munich 10.12.2018 – 19 Uhr Filmtheater Sendlinger Tor
FilmFest Vienna 11.12.2018 – 19 Uhr Stadtkino Wien
Girls Shred Sessions are back for another season of awesome freestyle snowboard and ski clinics!
The dates are:
15. Dezember 2018 – Girls Who Ride Session by Nikita Clothing in Obergurgl 02. Februar 2019 – Blue Tomato Girls Day auf der Planai 16. Februar 2019 – Girls Shred Session in Mayrhofen 02. März 2019 – Girls Shred Session in Alta Badia 09. März 2019 – Blue Tomato Girls Day am Hochkönig
Buckle up your seatbelts, the Freeride Film Festival Tour 2016 starts today (November 5, 2016). The kick-off will be in Innsbruck and the tour will then stop in Munich (Nov 6), Darmstadt (Nov 7), Cologne (Nov 8), Berlin (Nov 9) and Vienna (Nov 10).
Also on the schedule: 2 special screenings of Shades of Winter – BETWEEN in Linz (Nov 13) and Vienna (Nov 14). For people close to the western part of Austria there’s a mini-tourstop with a more local movie selection on the 17th of November in Dornbirn.