Wednesday, 3 November 2010 (comments: 0)

Good bye and Hello

Sorry for not posting anything at all lately. Still it has been a busy summer for me. I spent a lot of time taking photographs. Not much snowboarding though besides a couple of good early fall days on the Hintertuxer glacier and riding powder already last week on the Kitzsteinhorn. Which was epic. I am riding new boards as well.

At the moment I am snowboarding on all kinds of boards. Different brands, different shapes.The rocker evolution throughout the past years offers you a wide range of boards. Still trying to find out, which I like best. My old board, which served me well during all my recent competitions in the past couple of years, is now officially in my private snowboard museum.


tl_files/Newsbilder/2010 news/Unbenannt-3 a4.jpg one of my highlights in the past few years. 

Last week I decided to stop competitive snowboarding. I think now is a good time for me to ride more powder snow and let the younger generation compete at those great snowboard events. They nowadays progress the sport and show what is possible on those jumps. I will definitely miss these competitions but I am also looking forward to my new challenges. And I look back to all those years of competing with a big smile on my face. In the near future I want to publish a book. Besides working on that I am still following the fresh snow to get some powder turns and tricks on film and camera. Thanks to all of you for supporting me throughout all these competitions and I would be glad if you still follow me with my new projects.


winning the world cup the 4th time in 2010

Monday, 19 April 2010 (comments: 0)

Alaska 10

I just got back from a snowboard trip to Alaska. 

Beginning of March when I was anxiously waiting for some fresh snow to fall in Austria I realized that this year is not going to be a great powder season over here in Austria. So I decided shortly to travel to Alaska and to try my luck for powder snowboarding there. 

I didn’t know very much about the place and conditions over there. Of course I have seen it on the videos but it is a long way to really get to the top of the lines in Alaska. 

As luck would have it a few days later Bernd, a friend who interviewed me for TV in October, wrote me an email about his stay in Haines and his experience as an apprentice as a heli guide. A couple of days and emails later I was already in Juneau, Alaska. Bernd generously offered me to stay with him and he organised a bunch as well. 
In Juneau I met some free skiers I have been riding with before (as usual when you go to a snowboard and ski destination). We all had to stay in Juneau overnight because the inland planes wouldn’t fly due to bad weather. Next morning I hopped on a plane to Haines and a few hours later I was already in the helicopter at 33 mile road outside of Haines. 

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Instead of worrying about jetlag I already dropped some nice little spines in South Eastern Alaska. I realized that the mountains are great there and the snow was all time. But after that first day of riding patience was good to have. Weather does not always cooperate in Alaska and it is even harder to forecast. But we were lucky to have a meteorologist living with us in an awesome log cabin without running water just 2 miles next to the helibase. 
Well we called him „Metereolügner“ after a while ☺ (for those who understand German) 
Bad weather program for me was trying to keep up with Bernd (who competed as a junior in cross country skiing) ski touring up the mountains on Haines Pass. Just over the border in Canada. On the second day I already brought my poles (I forgot them first cause I am not used to carry something in my hands other than a golf club or tennis racket). 

Third day I already made it to the peak on Three Guardsmen. And we also had some great pow turns there including a 1000 meter vertical run without any flat parts. 

My legs started to get tired and I was ready for the heli. After hanging around the helibase pretty much every morning we had a great sense for picking the best days for flying with the heli. Bernd and his fellow guide schoolers always supported me with a good crew for riding step terrain. Rob, my favourite guide always found challenging runs for everyone. He made sure to keep the adrenalin flowing. We did do some good runs for sure. 

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the view from Three Guardsmen, splitboarding run

I think in total I did around 30 runs. Indy 5000 was probably the most impressive with a 5000 feet vertical face. For two days we were also shooting photos. Somewhere in between a filmcrew and clients. We didn’t really spent too much helitime with spotting lines and photographer picups. But somehow Hans Gulsvik, our photographer, Bernd and me made it work. (We think so, we haven’t really seen the photos yet but we are confident). 

One other day I flew out with Wolle Nyvelt and the Absinthe film crew. Wolle rode his powsurfer (without bindings). Impressive how he rode it in the powder. 

My last day of Snowboarding around Haines was in Canada again. Just over the border once more but this time with the snowmobiles. Mark Schultz, a former pro snowboarder and Haines local is the man for snowmobile-snowboarding. Being a guide, snowboarder, local knowledge and a pic up with trailer and 4 sleds qualifies for that. He brought us to a face called dinnerbell. Which was my favourite run of the trip. 

I hope that I can show you some pictures from riding those lines soon. I will keep you updated. 

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Caffein, another classic run. a little shorter but steeper! 

Indy 5000. 5000 feet of vertical drop! One of the amazing runs we did

Wednesday, 23 December 2009 (comments: 0)

9 Contests

In total I have done 9 contests since end of September until now. This is a lot for my standards, but it has been awesome. It was so much more fun to ride in the cities on the ramps than going to the icy glaciers. Every single kicker at the contests was really good and the landings were most of the time slushy and soft. 
Lately I have done a snowboard contest in Zurich, Berlin, London, Barcelona, Stockholm, Innsbruck and twice in Seoul. 

tl_files/Newsbilder/2009 News/9 contests/DSC_5359.jpgin this photo: korean spectators, me, ero ettala, jaako ruha and markku koski. 

I liked the kickers in London and Seoul best. Stockholm was a difficult transition but great airtime. The jump in Innsbruck had the longest airtime but for my taste the take off was too steep. Whereas I like poppy take offs but there it was just a little bit too much. But it was great to be back at the air and style after a couple of years and participate in the event.

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I almost forgot Barcelona was a good jump as well and an amazing atmosphere. Almost like in soccer stadium. 

I am also quite happy with my riding. I definitely had some jumps that were spot on and I am super stoked about, and then also these “under pressure – bailing forbidden – fast transition” jumps. 


Results have been great. I won 3 times at the world cup and got second twice in Soul. Once at the Hyundai-card invitational and also at the world cup the day after. After hiking the ramp more than 30 times I was happy when I had done the last jump on Sunday. The whole week in Soul was great. Good crew to hang out with, nice people from the event and the best thing was the crowd. 65000 on Saturday evening! 

This was a little update on my recent contests. It has been great for me. I am so happy to be able to ride on a high level for such a long time. Health is so important. 

Having said this I wish you all the best and health for 2010 and a merry Christmas. 

Now I have to go and pick up my new BMW. Well it is not mine, but BMW lets me drive it for free… stoked. I get the car today… not a bad X-mas present ☺

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Snowboarding in Seoul !! 

the inrun at the contest in Seoul, Korea