you may remember that we attended the motherland camp by Die Bergstation (read my posting about that here) at the Tauplitz in Upper Austria in january. besides enjoying 3 days of riding insane amounts of fresh powder, we got to know a couple of very nice people there too, for example Stephan Skrobar – professional skier (Fischer Freeride Team, skiguide), Die Bergstation guide and overall funny dude.
in summer, i got an unexpected call from Stephan. he told me about some interesting new developments that have taken place – PIEPS, the market leader in avalanche rescue equipment, was thinking about starting up a freeride team. Stephan was now looking for riders for that team, which was the reason why he called me – he asked me if i’d be interested in being a part of the PIEPS freeride team. since i am convinced that the PIEPS DSP is the best avalanche beacon around, i said yes immediately.
fast forward to november 1st: at 9 am we met up at the valley station of the Gondelbahn Eisgrat, at the Stubaier Gletscher. i got introduced to everyone and was a bit blown away by all the names that i heard there – many of them i had heard before, as they belonged to pro skiers & snowboarders who were competing in the freeride world tour and/or filming every season, for example Liz Kristoferitsch, Lorraine Huber, Martin McFly Winkler or Björn Heregger.
but there was no time for being starstruck 😉 off to the gondola & up the mountain we went.
we met next to the funpark and Gregor Krenn from PIEPS started the instruction. we learned about how avalanche beacons work, why sometimes the results are better than in other situations and what products PIEPS has to offer. we tested the distance until we received the first signal from a beacon in different positions and talked about strategies in avalanche rescue. we got the chance to try for example the brand new PIEPS iProbe – a great tool to find avalanche victims much faster, which i will happily include in my equipment.
time flew by and suddenly it was time to leave the glacier again. after a fun ride down, we met at the Alpenhotel Fernau in Neustift.
we continued the training there and also talked about the future of the PIEPS freeride team. then it was time to say goodbye again…
i am really stoked to be part of the PIEPS freeride team, together with all these awesome people. i’m looking forward to the upcoming season.
my plan is to compete in the Open Faces Freeride Series, at least at the X-Over Ride tourstopp at the Kitzsteinhorn, but hopefully also at one other event.
other than that, i wish to ride as much as possible, to go splitboarding a lot & have a funny season with my riding buddies, without any injuries.
i want to improve a lot and experience new things.
have a good season!