in january, the german freeride website PowderGuide started a competition together with Mammut called “Mountain Mastery”. this competition was seperated into 3 levels, and ran from january until march. you had to find the resort with the best snow conditions in step 1 and plan & realize a skitour in steps 2 and 3.
so… to prevent this post from turning into the next “war and peace”, lengthwise: roman and me worked hard and won it!
the grand prize for the two winning teams consisted of Mammut outerwear and a 3-day freeride trip to a resort that we could choose ourselves. since the other team was from switzerland, we decided to meet somewhere in the middle – SÖLDEN - from march 21st until 23rd.
markus and knut
on the 19th, sölden got 30cms of fresh snow and on the 20th, we hopped into the car and after 6 refreshing hours, arrived in tyrol.
we met up with our guide Markus Brand from the Mammut Alpine School, Knut Pohl from PowderGuide and professional photographer Baschi Bender.
we also met our fellow winners, Marco and Cyrill.
sadly, Knut wrecked his knee in the afternoon. “Hühnerkagge” was our guide’s word for everything bad. “Knut kaputt” was my word for Knut’s knee.
the last run of the day was a very long descent down to huben. getting out of the valley was a pain in the ass (always good to have skiers around in such cases ) but it was well worth the effort.
it was a wonderful time for us, with people who are just as enthusiastic about freeriding / skitouring as us, with whom we could put the pedal to the metal and from whom we can still learn a lot. we have benefited a lot from taking part in the Moutain Mastery, it took our planning and risk management skills to a whole new level!
thank you to everyone at PowderGuide and Mammut who made this possible! thanks to ourselves for sticking with it and keeping up the work for hours and hours.
other reports of the trip: