Photos by Johnny Morano
This weekend more than 100 riders from 11 countries rocked the banked course at the 100% natural snow area LIVINGROOM Hochkönig in Mühlbach, Salzburg, Austria. This main event crowend the Vintage Snowboard Days weekend with our star guest Jeff Brushie from the United States, open doors at the Snowboardmuseum and a live concert!
On Friday vintage snowboard collectors and passionate banked riders met at LIVINGROOM Hochkönig to check out the banked slalom course and see the snowboard museum at Hochkeilhaus. Although the race started early the next day most riders stayed long at the bar to chat with Jeff Brushie wo still suffered a little jetlag.
On Saturday morning more and more snowboarders arrived at the Arthurhaus lift were the LIVINGROOM banked course was waiting to be raced. Although there was not too much snow and the area runs with natural snow only the bankes starting in the forrest then entering the snowpark were smooth and rideable for everyone – from kids to pros. 107 riders from Austria, Germany, Swizerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, the United States and Finland came to enjoy the Hochkönig area.
As the main prices were given tot he riders who come closest to the average time most racers enjoyed the competition without feeling too much preasure. Nevertheless some riders went big time. Hans Jörg Unterrainer former olympic snowboardcross racer from Austria took the best time in front of another Austrian Norbert Pitzer and US X Games competitor Jonathan Cheever.
The ladies banked was won the second time in a row by Kathrin Gappmayr from Austria in front of Xenia Klackl from Austria and Ana Kecek from Slovenia. Those riders enter he WSF Banked Tour raffle for a starting place at the Legendary Mount Baker Banked.
The fastest kids were Tobi Grünwald and Valerie Hammerschmid both from Germany.
Closest to the average time in mens category came Maik Friese from Germany, at the ladies category Lisa Bunschoten from the Netherlands para team came closest and the „most average“ kid was Max Kuehnhauser from Germany. All those riders got brand new Goodboards snowboards.
In the evening the local punk band „7 Dials Mystery“ rocked the crowd at Hochkeilhaus. So on Sunday morning only the core riders made it to the pist to enjoy some more turns. Afterwards vintage boards were traded at the swap meeting and Jeff Brushie signed quite a lot of decks before starting his long way home.
The LIVINGROOM Hochkönig crew was proud to offer a handmade banked course and thanks all supporters: Hochkönig, Goodboards, Pogo Snowboards, Hochkeilhaus and Arthurhaus.
See you next year at the LIVINGROOM Banked!