Preseason Austria – Unreal Skiing!

I arrived in Innsbruck, on the 22nd of October and really did not expect to really be skiing until December. With most resorts still not open I have somehow managed to have my best October/November of skiing ever!

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It all started when I found that my long time shred buddy Neil Williman just happened to be on the same plane as me flying from London to Munich!

 

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When we arrived we realised it was snowing on the hills!

 

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That night was the world premiere of Whiteroom Productions latest ski movie Trail and Error, which I spent many days filming as a cameraman last Austrian winter

 

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The next day Neil, Lukas and I struggled through a hungover to tour up a near by resort (which was closed) to enjoy our first pow turns on the season, on October 23rd! (L) Lukas Zoegernitz, (R) myself, photo: Neil Williman

 

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Touring back to the main road after a sensational run of powder. (L) Lukas Zoegernitz, (R) Neil Williman

 

The following day after the weather had cleared we travel 1.5 hours to an open resort and had our first resort day riding lifts in 1 metre of fresh pow, people told us there was not enough base to do what we were doing but we did not care…

 

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One of the many pillow lines I got to shred that day. Photo: Lukas Zoegernitzs

 

Just a few days later we had another fun day at the same resort sessioning some windlip jumps

 

After all the powder was gone I had a couple days in the park, here is one of those days…

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Standing above the Stubai park before a super fun morning of hitting the “pro line”. Photo: Lukas Zoegernitz

 

 

And when the weather is no good for skiing I have been out on my bike, it’s awesome for trail riding here!

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At the top of one of the local trail rides with my trusty Giant Trance 2 that also took me 1300km around Sri Lanka. Photo: Lukas Zoegernitz

 

Recently we got even more snow, so we had another epic pow day with great people.

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(L-R) Myself, Lukas Zoegernitz & Claudia Klobasa on top of a hike just before an awesome, totally fresh run

 

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Lukas slaying the run down from the hike we did (photographed above)

 

I had a slightly close call on the last run of that day but managed to ski out fast enough to avoid any incident…

 

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The great crew that we shared that day with (L-R) myself, Alberto Giacomolli, Lukas Zoegernitz, Claudia Klobasa & fellow K2 team rider Birgit Ertl

 

That snow seemed to stick around for ages, this is shredding the same snow from the same snowfall almost a week later at a different resort!

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Getting some shameless GP selfies while riding with flatmate and FWT snowboarder Alex Hoffmann

 

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Stoking out to be in the mountains! Photo: Alex Hoffmann

 

The next day Joi Hoffmann, Michi Trojer, David Pitchmann, Arthur Ökostron and I returned to same resort and climbed a peak to take more advantage of the long lasting pow! Below is a nice little edit of that day by Joi Hoffmann, filmed by myself and Joi.

 

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Making the long skin up the valley and over a glacier (L-R) Arthur Ökostron, Michi Trojer and David Pitchmann

 

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Myself making the long skin up. Photo: Joi Hoffmann

 

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Me on the peak, freezing cold at over 3600m. They love to put crosses on all the high peaks if you’re wondering what the structure is to my left. Photo: Michi Trojer

 

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And the aweome ski down! I just feels better when you have hiked it…

 

For the last few days I have been just shredding around on nice, dry, hard, “chalky” snow – but I love this type of snow!

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Shredding some “chalky” snow, I love it! Photo: Lukas Zoegernitz

 

As I sit here in my room in Innsbruck with the bad weather outside I do believe it is snowing up high! So here is to hoping for as much fun in December and the rest of the season as I have just had in November!

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Me at “work” getting the ski admin done…