on december 18th, Roman and i went to Maria Alm in the lovely Hochkönig region to visit the Urslauerhof and check out the contest face for the Open Faces contest on the 26th of January (and yes, this means that we have officially registered for our first freeride contest. woop woop!).
we were lucky, as we got fresh snow and we were nearly alone in the resort for 2 days. on the first day, the weather was rather foggy, but we still had fun exploring the ski-routes, finding a bit of nice powder here and there.
on the 20th, we went on a splitboard tour up to the Klingspitz, were i took this lovely picture. it was a wonderful tour, a very good warm up for the season, with great weather and a gorgeous view, as well as an awesome ride down.
we decided spontaneously not to go home, but to go to the Arlberg instead, which turned out to be a great idea! we found an affordable room in St. Jakob and tried to explore the huuuuuge resort in 3 days.
on the first day, several centimeters of fresh snow greeted us and in the gondola we met freeride professionals Björn Heregger and Stefan Häusl. we did some great runs in St. Anton near the Galzig Bahn, then switched to Rendl for the afternoon. in between, i decided that i NEED other bindings (you may remember that i whined about my old Burton Escapades in the last posting) and luckily found a decent snowboardshop (SUPA – surfers paradise), where i bought a pair of Ride LXH bindings. since i already have Ride VXNs and really like them, it seemed like a good idea to get another pair of bindings by ride.
so far, i am really content with the performance of the LXHs!
on the second day, we went to Zürs and had a lot of fun there, although the conditions already began to get worse. it was rather warm, so the snow turned wet and heavy. on the third day, we went to Sonnenkopf. the sun was shining, but since we’ve been so spoiled by the glorious first day, we couldn’t really enjoy our last day.
to make matters worse, i accidentally slammed the bar of the chair lift against Roman’s teeth once and managed to damage his front teeth…. boooh
still, we had a great, great time and have been able to catch a glimpse of the gloriousness of the Arlberg region. it was actually pretty funny to notice that there were more people wearing airbag backpacks than normal backpacks… it felt strange not to have an airbag as well.
on a side note: i originally intended to take my newly purchased airbag backpack (saved my money for about 6 months for it!) with me on this trip, but due to an error during parcel delivery, it arrived about 2 hours after i had left for Maria Alm. duh!
but still, it’s a very nice pack and i can’t wait to try it (not the airbag part of it, of course). here’s what i ordered: