march 22nd, 2013:
we are on our way to kaprun once again. after a short nap of approximately 2 hours, we arrive at the kitzsteinhorn. well, of course the only person napping was me, roman was behind the steering wheel.
we buy afternoon tickets and go up with the gletscherjet. it is snowing and the fresh snow looks very promising, so we check out some easy off-piste possibilities. after 2 hours, the lifts are closing down already.
we take the gondola back down to the valley and visit the “base camp” snowboardstore. we ask hermann to do a service on nearly all of our boards. while waiting for them to be finished, we go to the supermarket to buy some groceries. after that, we return to the shop where we wait, chat with others, have a radler and watch old surfing and snowboarding videos. at 8pm, our boards are ready, we give hermann a lift to his house and then leave to our appartement. we check in, cook noodles and then go to bed very early.
march 23rd, 2013:
the alarm goes off at 5:15. what a rude awakening!
we get up & prepare ourselves for an exciting day. at 7:00, we arrive at the kitzsteinhorn valley station. we get up and prepare ourselves for an exciting day. at 7:00, we arrive at the kitzsteinhorn valley station.
we fill out the sign-up forms and enter the check-in queue. then we take the gletscherjet 1 and go to the face check area. we catch a glimpse of the contest face, but for me at this point, it is only about looking for possible danger zones. i’m not yet able to make out a line and then recognize it from the top of the face 😉
the riders meeting starts at about 8:15, where we get informed that the womens start will not be near the summit of the geissstein, but a little bit lower. i feel relieved that i won’t have to hike all way up to the top, because i’m always a little bit scared of falling when hiking in exposed terrain. i will have to work on that, i guess!
we proceed to the start and then have to wait a bit. during the waiting time, i get more and more excited to ride the wonderful looking face. we were lucky enough to get about 20 centimeters of fresh snow two nights before the contest and surprisingly, no one had dared to ride through the contest face before the competition.
i’m glad that i will be starting as the 6th woman and try to figure out which way to go. the skier before me, Sabine Schipflinger, has bad luck and bails, even one of her bindings breaks. fortunately, she didn’t hurt herself, and after she made it through the finish, it’s my turn.
after hearing “Start frei für Startnummer 6, Stephanie Posch” (clearance to start for bib nummer 6), i take one more deep breath and drop in.
the snow feels great under my board, i am feeling secure that i can handle more speed, so i go for a rather straight line at the beginning, doing a hard turn soon, making the snow spray. i proceed over a windlip and am a little bit surprised by the take off, but manage to land safely. i ride further down, jump another windlip, and wooooosh, i’m crossing the finish line without falling.
i realize that i just had a pretty good run and feel relieved.
i hang out in the target area with the other riders, fascinatedly watching the rest of the competitors ride.
march 24th, 2013:
we go to the kitzsteinhorn again and watch the 3start freeride world tour qualifier event for about an hour. we see the awesomely crazy run of Flo Orley and enjoy the sunshine.
then we go up to the kristallbahn and from there, proceed to the starting point of our route of the day, the ride down to niedernsill.
we already know the route, but previously have always started from the lakarscharte.
the ride is wonderful, we find very good conditions in the middle section, the rest is okay. we arrive at the valley and walk to the train station from there.
we are lucky and the train arrives within a few minutes, then we have to wait about 20 minutes for the bus to take us back to the kitzsteinhorn parking lot.
in the evening, we go to the tauern spa and let our muscles rest.
march 25th, 2013:
we ride the niedernsill route once again, this time, the snow is not as good anymore, but still enjoyable.
then we jump into the car, go to salzburg and meet up with my sister for a snack. afterwards it’s back to vienna for us. the trip is over, we made it home safe and are stoked on this nice short vacation.
longboard classic 2013 in stuben am arlberg on the 13th of april!
i’m so so looking forward to that, i bet it will be great fun!