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Freshies on the Satteinser Alpe

Last friday and saturday we received about 30-40cm of powder on the good side of the Arlberg. We have been riding and splitboarding with the Steinbocks up the Maroy into the Krachel (aka superbowl) and hiked up to the west. We found some very good snow on top of a harder layer. At the top it was still a bit sharky but especially at around 2000m de snow was blower powder. After that came the survival through the Alders, which was kind of fun as well.

We ended the day hiking up Armeisenspitze, but we had to choose our line very carefully because we didn’t completely thrusted the snowpack. All in all it were some great days.

Eike from snowbrains was riding high and dry on the spines.

Narnia at its best

Timo also enjoyed dreamland.

Chris aka the enjoyer always finds good snow

The end of the day after a hike to the Armeisen spitze, we had to choose our line very well, because of the avalanche danger.


Solid day on Schindler and in the Fingershoots

Today wasn’t a bad day, the sun was out in the morning and we even found some good snow. Somehow I didn’t really expect this, because it has been raining up pretty high. It’s good to have low expectations. I took the camera out for some fun and came back with these pictures. The dude in orange is Timo and I was shot by Timo.

Some fun turns on top of the fingershoot

Timo even got barreled today

Schindler east face had good snow

Couldn’t resist to make this shot, a retro patriol shot.



1 hour drive into winter

Yesterday was a great day to ride with friends, the Steinbocks reunited and found some good snow not so far away. Eike thanks for the passes.

Chris ripping it as usual, didn’t hit a single shark.

Irian doing a warm up run from the hohe mut down

Irian after a very intense line



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Russian style ascent Piz Palu

After having a few drinks this week we decided to hike the Piz Palü with a bunch of freaks. The Piz Palü is located in the Swiss Alps and is part of Bernina massive and has 3905 m of altitude. We slept in the van and took the first gondel up in Diavolezza. What an awesome area by the way.

At somewhat 9:15, we started skinning up on the splitboards and Bianca was on the snowshoes, which is a perfect instrument if you want to see the inside of the beautiful crevasses that the Piz Palü has to offer. Lessons learned; if you hike up in glacial terrain with snowshoes, you will find the crevasses much better.

At the base of the peak we made a snowboard-depot and hiked up the last meters on a beautiful Ridge. Then it takes only 20 minutes to go up completely to the top. The ride down had some splendid scenery, but wasn’t very spectacular by any snowboarding means.

My ankle is healing up really well, but the hiking still goes much better then riding. Therefore I will keep on touring the next few days and go to Zinal next week for a photoshoot.




Every action has a consequence

Last Friday afternoon we had a powder day like we didn’t have for an extended period of the time, the snow felt bottomless and there was a good vibe among the friends I was with that day. Sacha, Juan and I were riding the Lech area that day for the reason that it had way more snow then the other parts of the Arlberg. The whole day we took it easy, but then I got too much fired-up. As you all might know, there wasn’t that much snow yet.

As I tried to send it over a windlip, Juan told me wisely that overshooting (land way ahead of the landing) was my friend. After my first cliff-drop I made a turn too many and send the jump too much in the fall line.  During my flight I already knew this was the stupidest mistake I made in a long time. Maybe you know this feeling were 1 second feels like a minute, this is what happened as I saw a rock-garden with two huge triangle rocks and I had to land in the middle of them. My board hit this rocks very hard, however I could land after that with my body in the snow. Luckily I had so much adrenaline that I could ride out of the Stierloch valley to Zug.

I went to doctor and I got an emery scan, he told me I broke my ankle with a clean fracture. I have a good feeling that this injury will heal very quickly. Within 2 weeks I think the cast wil get off and I can get some exercise again.


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