Junior Advanced Camp Fieberbrunn…

What a weekend… Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn and skiing with young, supermotivated Freeriders at the Junior Advanced Camp by http://www.freeridecamps.at

It was a incredible show, thousands of spectators watching and cheering for the riders of the Freeride World Tour… Congratzzzz Eva & Liz! The woman’s level in skiing increased incredibly over the past years and yesterday was a perfect day for Eva Walkner. She finally showed her great abilities on skis, stomped all the cliffs and won the women’s comp.

Liz Kristoferitsch, a friend of mine won in the Snowboarder starting field. She showed a very good and fluid line and could win in the women’s field…

The men showed an unbelievable show on the Wildseeloder. Spectacular lines with Freestyle-elements… Drew Tabke won, Kevin Guri 2nd, Reine Barkered 3rd. Congratzzzz to all the riders!!!!

Here’s a short video from the Contest day:

 

At the same weekend we held a Junior Advanced Camp. http://www.freeridecamps.at

Mountain guide Davv Pitschmann and myelf skied with nine supermotivated riders and had great fun with them! It’s always great to see their big smiles on their faces!!!!

Here are some impressions:

the crowd
Wildseeloder
our group

the kids rockin'

impressive young rider
how to find out how steep a face is...
Davv going big...
Davv explaining the snow profile...
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worldskitest Zell am See

It’s definetely spring, or should we say summer???? The temperatures feel already like summer!!! …and this weekend, up to 22 degrees… Time to get out the bike??? Noooooooo 😉 Still on winter mode… Yes, I’ve been on the bike for some time but still love to be on snow 🙂 Don’t forget, it’s the beginning of APRIL!!!! 1st of April!!!!

I’ve been on the Worldskitest in Zell am See yesterday and high up in the mountains it’s still there – SNOW!!!! Slush skiing but still good conditions!!! Together with lots of pro’s like Marc Giradelli, Pepi Strobl and Christian Mayer, I was the lucky girl to ride and test next years skis… Was fun to be back on quite short Carving skis ;-)… Haven’t been on them for quite a while 😉

Lots of familiar people there, the Fischer Masterminds Tim Lohmann (skiboots), Klaus Manhardt (skis), Powder8queen Dani Schuster, Ziener Teamcoordinator & 24hours working man Dominic Fenkl, Lizz Görgl, Stefan Görgl, Manni Mair and lots of other people from the sportsbusiness…

Thanks to organizator Gerhard Brüggler! A very good organized ski-test!!!!

Had a lot of fun shredding the slope 😉

cu next year 😉

More infos: www.worldskitest.com

Dachstein :-)

The last time I’ve been to the Dachstein region is a looooooong time ago… I haven’t been skiing there yet but know how good it is there…

Freeskier and local guy Andy Kocher took Pia and me with him and we joined him on some great spring skiing in the Dachstein region… To access the backcountry terrain at the Dachstein you have to climb a quite steep ladder, walk through a small tunnel  and at the other side of the tunnel great skiable terrain opens up…  We skied with Andy in his homespot and were impressed of the region and the freeride possibilities…:-)

Thanks Andy for guiding us around, has been fun to ski with you :-)!!!! We’ll be back 😉

Here is also an impression of the day by my helmcam… The cam wasn’t fixed that well, sorry, it’s quite shaking when I’m riding ;-)… but still worth a watch 😉

Skitour in the Arlberg region…

After three days in a row of filming I needed a recovery day… That was really good and needed 😉 But I knew the next days would still be good on the mountain… and I can’t stay behind if the weather is beautiful and the snow conditions are good 😉

I joined Martin and Roli for a skitour in the Arlberg region… It’s just unbelievable how much skiable terrain the region offers 🙂 When you leave the beaten tracks it’s just great to enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains 🙂

Still found some good powder and just had a great day… We were sitting in the sun a little to long and didn’t make it to the last chair lift up in Kappl… Somehow I managed to convince one of the ratrack-drivers to take us up to the top, so we could ski back down to the car in Pettneu… Lucky us he took us up and we could find some more powder turns 🙂 The last few hm’s were skiing a bit, taking of the skis, putting them on again, skiing a bit… 😉  Spring conditions were greeting 😉

Another great day on the mountain 🙂 Thxxx guys 🙂

Filming @ the Arlberg…

How lucky we were 🙂 After the last dump with lots of fresh powder we headed West. Destination: Arlberg… I love it there! It’s really the “cradle of skiing”, so many possibilities to ski and with hiking you can access unbelievable great terrain… As it’s already spring and due to the lack of snow this winter, it wasn’t so crowded up there as usually – good for us 🙂

The two Basti’s, Sandy and myself were out for filming with our cameraman Kenny Cowburn and Birgar Olsen for the Fischer White Crest Trailer coming out in fall 2011…

Day 1: Bluebird, fresh powder – perfect conditions! We were actually surprised how stable the snow pack was as the avalanche bulletin was saying something different and we knew that we had to be careful… The Basti’s were jumping off high cliffs whereas myself was just going for cool lines without any cliffs as I’m taking it easy because I’m skiing without ACL ;-)… Filming is always quite a challenge because you don’t have that much time to study and remember your line but have to go for it as the camera is on 😉

 

Basti B in Action...
Basti H... 🙂

Day 2 was just myself and Sandy from the White Crest Team (Basti B was invited for a heli flight and Basti H injured himself after the landing of a big cliff…). Together with  Freeskier Andi Kocher and Telemarker Lothar Hofer we went out filming for another day. This time in Stuben… Still very good conditions in the north faces, so we could collect again some good lines and capture them on the film camera… Hike your line was our motto 😉 Hiking for half an hour, waiting on top for the “rolling” sign from the cameramen, skiing down for a few seconds – hard work 😉 It’s really hard work because you hike the whole day, have no time for stopping in a restaurant, the sun is so strong already, hardly anything to drink and to eat but it’s worth everything! There are just very few people in this happy position to be out in the mountains the whole day, film lines, enjoy the sun and powder and ski great faces…

Andi's line... is much steeper than it looks...
Hike your line 😉
Sandy, Andy, Lothar...
one of my lines... (doesn't look so steep as it's photographed from down below... ;-)) Cameraman Martin Sochor...
the beauty of the Arlberg...

 

Day 3… Actually it was planned that we just would stay for two nights but due to the perfect conditions (the best throughout the whole winter) we decided to come back to the Arlberg for another day of filming… This time just Sandy and me, accompanied by our kameraman Kenny Cowburn and Photographer Birgar Olsen… We were proven to be right, it was definetely the right decision to get some more footage in… Although my feet weren’t that fresh anymore and I somehow didn’t ski the lines I actually planned, we really had a good day 🙂 Sandy stomped a cool cliff in her line, was totally stoked for her… I was a bit frustrated as nothing worked out the way I wanted but whatever… 😉 There are some days like that 😉 This day we were really hiking for our lines and it was late after 6 p.m. when we got out of the Maroi valley…

Mel :-)...
Sandy going big...
Sandy and Mel...

Perfect days on the Arlberg – thanks a lot to the TEAM!!!!! It’s been great!!!!

Snow is BACK…

After weeks of spring temperatures all over Europe, Mrs Holle strikes back and sends us some snow 🙂

Actually I should have been going to Macedonia for 10 days on a skitrip with Kata Mihaljevic, photographer Lars Schneider & Co but due to the bad weather circumstances it was a NO GO very short in time 😦 Well, pretty sad but the trip is postponed and I hope we’ll be able to make it down there next winter when hopefully the temperatures will stay like winter in winter and like summer in summer…

But it’s all relative when you see what’s going on in JAPAN!!!! That’s a real tragedy and I wish all the Japanese people a lot of strenghth and power for the upcoming months!!!!! I feel with them, especially when you see all that harm…

Nevertheless life goes on and I’m really thankful that I’m able to call my home AUSTRIA 🙂 It’s just such a great place to life and somehow it feels like nothing will happen here 😉

So powder is back but the avalanche danger has grown and it’s quite dangerous out there! So please watch out where you are going!!!!

Here’s a short edit from today’s powder session… Quite wet, heavy snow but good to ski powder again 🙂

 

 

Freeride Youth Workshop…

In Co-operation with Klick dich ein & Sport Club Osttirol we organized another Freeride Workshop for teenagers between 15-19 years old. This time in my former homeresort Matrei in Osttirol. It was a small group of totally interested and motivated riders and it was so great to see how those young riders improved their skills in riding and in avalanche awareness during those days :-)…

Great fun on the mountain, beautiful weather on Saturday, changeable weather on Sunday, supernice teenagers made this a very special weekend 🙂 Thanks to all the participants for riding with us!!!!

Pix by Photographer Ramona Waldner…

Pix by Ramona Waldner & Mel…

Girls Freeride Camp presented by Fischer

Past weekend Sandy and myself  finally held our GIRLS Freeride Camp (presented by Fischer) in Bad Gastein. The weather was wonderful, good vibes and a great team!!!! The ladies were totally motivated and were rockin’ 🙂 Good times on the mountain…:-)

First day we stayed in Bad Hofgastein, found some powder (that we really had to earn – hard work crawling up the mountain…) in the north faces and skied spring snow in the south faces… Kenny our cameraman and Mirja our photographer accompanied us and captured action and lifestyle shots… While crossing an avalanche field I stupidly fell and hit an ice snowball so unlucky that instead of rippin’ with the girls I had to sit in the sun and cool my thigh from my stupidness 😉 Thank goodness that two of the Freeride ladies are physiotherapist’s… Thanks Angie for the great treatment!!!!

Sunday, another beautiful day where the girls went to Sportgastein. Sandy and Five lead the group and they had a great powderday 🙂 I had to stay behind, hardly able to walk because of this stupid fall… I went to the spa instead – also not bad 😉

THANKS a lot to Sandy for all the organization, Mirja, Kenny, Five, Bine, Fee, Juli & Angi!!!!! Schee woars mit euch!!!!

Here are some impressions from another great weekend 🙂

Home sweet home…

After a great week of skiing in Andorra, I was motivated to ski more powder in Austria. Well, was pretty sad when we got back as it’s still so warm here and just high up in the mountains there was a bit more powder to find… Nevertheless skiing was on the plan with friends… Pitztal/Mittagskogel again… I like that mountain, great skiing there, so many possibilities and yes, we found more powder 🙂 Great day out with friends 🙂

Andorra Skitrip…

It’s been a blast! A week full of fun, great skiing, awesome atmosphere, cool people – VIVA ANDORRA!!!!
Together with Kata Mihaljevic and Pati Gstrein I started out this skitrip to Andorra. We flew from Memmingen to Girona, 80 km’s out of Barcelona, rented out a car there (unbelievable how cheap!!!! 170 Euros for the whole week including everything!!!!) and headed over to Andorra. Xixerella near La Massana was our homebase for the next couple of days, half an hour drive of the skiresort Arcalis. Gri Reichenberger, his girlfriend Lisa Schmölzl & Eric Zeller joined us, we shared an appartement together and just had soooooo much fun 🙂
The first day we got there we already had perfect skiing conditions. It was dumping the days before, so we had 30 cm fresh powder on the first day! The skiresort offers great treeskiing and is a great freeride area… They also had lack of snow this season but it was still much better than in the alps!!!
Three days in a row we had awesome conditions in the backcountry and skied also with the locals that took us there… Sooooo nice people and never in a hurry!!!! Tranquillo, tranquillo – take it easy and slow 😉
Sorry, the pix are a little messed up…
Saturday: Contest day… 3* FWQ El Dorado Freeride…
Contest Face
3 years of no comps due to injuries and filming… but I was really looking forward to ski that face as it was a challenging face with many options. I chose a technical line as I considered most of the riders would take a fast, fluid line with some drops… For me it was just riding for fun… Lots of knee injuries inbetween, so I was just taking it easy but knew that it would be a problem at all… On the way up it was very windy, quite hard to keep on track but that’s what I love most of being in the mountains. Feeling the elements 🙂 From the top I considered that I would ski my chosen line and was looking forward to start and ski down there… I was the only skier girl that chose that line… Some other girls wanted to ski the same line but thought it’s to narrow for them… The entry was quite challenging as you had to drop into that small colouir… It went good, had to drop over a small cliff band and was nearly out of the colouir. Suddenly I crashed. I don’t know why but somehow I hit the snow with the skitip got stuck… Tumbled… and just thought… Nooooo… But I was happy that I could stand up again without being hurt 😉 Skied down easily and thought… Well, okay, good experience but why did I fall??? The level of the girls was really good – international riders from all over Europe and even Argentina took part… It was great to watch them coming down as the showed high performance freeriding!!!! Kata crashed too, Lisa didn’t, she had a fast, fluid run, Pati had a nice one too, Eric’s run was also solid and fluid… Bad luck for Gri as he was starting nearly last… The weather god didn’t mean it good with him and the visibility was really bad… He had a good run but with hardly any visibility… Team Austria with Patrick Schwaiger, Flo Wieser, Andy Kocher, Wolfi Kocher, Manuela Mandl, Pati Gstrein and myself and Team Germany with Kata Mihaljevic, Gri Reichenberger, Elisabeth Schmölzl, Eric Zeller… It was great fun!!!!
Here is the video from the contest:
…and that’s my line from the upper part of the face…

My line including the tumble ;-)...

Don’t ask me why but I got 3rd!!!! 😉 The level was high of the girls but a lot of them crashed including me… Nice, won 200 Euros 😉 and still can’t believe it ;-)…
to the left: Lisa Schmölzl, Anja Bolberg, Mel
Videos from the contest…
Sunday after the contest it was dumping again but we headed further south again… Barcelona… NEVER go there by car if you don’t have to 😉 We didn’t have a map, a navi, anything, just a slight overview where to go to find our appartement… Of course we couldn’t find it straight away, with the help of some people and a taxi driver we finally found the appartement where we stayed for the next two nights… 😉
Barcelona is such a beautiful city and worth going there anytime!!! Just one day is quite less time but it gave us an overview how cool this city is 🙂
…and here the video edit cut by Mel ;-)… still working on getting better 😉 hahhahha….
Enjoy watching 🙂