16/03/2010 | by Tom Copsey
Can you still feel the beats?
Despite all the bad forecasts, the first Oberland Open in the Tyrolean resort of Fiss Ladis went off with perfect weather and park conditions. The style of the contest was as unique as the region itself and the breathtaking scenery contributed to an amazing and friendly round-off for the first season of the Snowpark Fiss Ladis. But it wasn’t just on the rails and kickers that the freestyle folks showed that Fiss Ladis rocks, also at the afterparty in the Hack’s Kaller in Fiss!
After weeks of planning, at 7:30am in the morning the final preparations for the contest started. The night brought 20 cm fresh snow and so the shaping crew marshaled by QParks Designer Ralf Heeb and headshaper Karl Sanderson were busy grooming the park. And they showed that they know what they are doing and presented their “baby” from its best side for the riders who couldn’t wait to rip the park! The weather was a little cloudy at the beginning, but soon the sun kissed the crowd and all the more encouraged the attending snowboarders . The Barbecue station with tasty burgers and the flowing moderation of MC Lix made the topping!
Three rails ruled them all…
For the Oberland Open, the QParks event team has worked out a rating system that should emphasize the Austrian-wide unique setup of one kicker and three rails which excited all participants! Two downrails and a slight up-rail of 9m each formed the railline and the steep and massive roller-style pro-kicker with a 15m table constituted the centre of the kicker judging. Also QParks-Designer Ralf Heeb is proud of the setup: “These Rails are gonna be legendary!” Each rider had three runs of which the best two were considered at the judgment and each of the obstacles had equal weight in the evaluation.
After some warming-up the contest started directly on the big kicker and soon some favorites stood out among the participants. Friedrich Gramm, who finally won the Snowboard rating, has shown some massive moves at the warm-up and commented, “I’m originally from Serfaus where I’m shaping and working at the ski school, but today I came here for the second time in Fiss. I’m really impressed by the park, it looks really nice, nicely groomed, and the three rails are perfectly slippery. The kicker might be a little too steep for my taste, but for the skiers it’s probably perfect! I’m feeling good today, I like the park and of course I hope to win the EUR 500.- prize money!” And so he did!
Heroes of the Oberland…
In the snowboard category there was a harsh battle and in the end the neighboring local Friedrich Gramm of Serfaus won before the Swiss Basil Nuesch (CH) and Dean Letica (CH). The winners of the Freeski men were Raphael Schweiger (A) before Stefan Aichner (A) and also Felix Prankl (A) carried it off well and rode on the podium with a plastered arm! For the girls, Mary Nuggen won the Snowboard girls category ahead of Stephanie Nagl from Germany. Both winners were happy about the EUR 150.- prizemoney. Mary commented: “We had a nice session today, QParks has put down a really good park. Compared to last year it’s absolutely awesome and always in perfect shape! The kicker is totally after my liking with a lot of pop! Today I didn’t take too much risk and I was concerned about sticking some safe tricks such as some 3’s – I really needed the money!”
Let’s get some money and get the party started…
After an exhausting six runs, everyone started off to go straightly to the prizegiving at 3 pm in the Hexenalm bar, also one of the main sponsors. All winners were happy about their gifts and a part of the EUR 3000,- and then it was time to get ready for the smashing After- Contest-Party in the Hackl’s Kaller. Where the excited crowd was heated by the driving beats of DJ Beestyle until the early morning hours!
You’ll find more pics and info about the snowpark Fiss Ladis at www.snowpark-fiss-ladis.at!