From 2 to 5 October the Hotzone.tv Park Opening at Hintertux Glacier went down for the tenth time. For its anniversary the glacier showed its best side: perfect weather, good snow conditions and the largest Betterpark Hintertux ever during an Opening. Thousands of snowboarders had fun in the park, tested new gear from the hottest snowboard brands, and partied with top pros down in the valley.
Due to the German public holiday on Friday the Opening kicked off on Thursday, 3 October, with the Pre-Warm Up Party at the PapperlaPUB. Under deal weather, with the first test tents, and a perfectly shaped Betterpark Hintertux, pros like Flo Corzelius, Tom Tramnitz, Benny Wetscher, Elias Elhardt, Marko Grilc, Adrian Krainer, Anna Gasser, Simon Pircher and of course local hero Werni Stock got ready for the coming days and a lot of snowboard action.
On Friday the snowboard community invaded the Tux Valley to herald the new season. They were awaited by an even larger Betterpark Hintertux: Over 30 obstacles, from the large line with XL tables to the medium and small lines and a jib paradise running all the way down to the park lifts, attracted old and young shredders alike. Many pros showed up over the course of the weekend, among them the Austrian elite like Gigi Rüf, Mathias Weissenbacher, Chris Kröll, Steve Gruber, Marco Feichtner, Michi Schatz, and Marvin Salmina, as well as international pros like Roope Tonteri (FIN), Seppe Smits (BEL), Mario Käppeli (SUI) and Ethan Morgan (GER) and top locals like Alex Walch, Tom Klocker and Mario Wanger. And there were plenty of sessions and contests, like the Alarm Clock Battle on Friday and the legendary Session of the Dudes on Saturday. That’s where the pros showed that they haven’t forgotten any of their skills over summer: Werni Stock (AUT) showed ‚best trick’ with a flawless switch backside 12, 17-year-old Rowan Coultas (UK) became ‚best rookie’, and the Belgian sensation Sebbe de Buck scored the title ‚best rider’ with his irresistible mix of style and versatility. The Cash for Trix down rail session on Sunday was dominated by talented groms, among them Fabian Fraidl, Thomas Wolf, Maxi Preissinger, Jonas Schäfer, Lorenz Vyslotzil, Bene Hofer and Jeremie Unterberger.
And the test area was constantly well attended. 27 of the hottest snowboard brands offered their latest gear for testing. „The interest and our test numbers are rarely as high as they were this year,“ a pleased Tobi Leyendecker from Mervin Manufacturing (Lib-Tech, Gnu, Roxy) sums the event up. „No doubt we will be back next year!“
In the valley, the vibes were also constantly positive: It started with the warm-up-parties on Friday including the video premieres of the Pirates („Perceptions“) and Capita („Stay Bad Ass“). The snowboard scene also gathered during the Aftershred Session at the Hintertux parking lot on Saturday and had a few relaxed afternoon drinks and got their adrenaline kick on the Original Bag Jump. However, the weekend’s party climax was the 10th Anniversary Opening Night at the Hohenhaus Tenne in Hintertux. Marten Hørger, currently one of the best electro and breakbeat DJs as well as Austrian’s top MC Average and FM4 DJ Phekt were on the turntables, supported by DJ NLP and other acts such as DJ Socom from London. The party was excessive and lasted until the wee hours of the morning.
Werni Stock summed the Opening weekend up as following:
„It was a picture-perfect Opening. Everyone from the snowboard scene showed up, it was great for riding, and everyone carried a smile in their faces!“
In 2015 the legendary rooster will return and show up from 2 to 4 October 2015 for another Hotzone.tv Park Opening Hintertux including park, side events, and test area.
By the way: From now on the Betterpark Hintertux will be shaped daily. It is the best opportunity to break in those new boots and improve your skills for the new season. And the next snowboard events in Hintertux are also coming up soon: The Ästhetiker SHRED DÄYS will take place on 11 and 12 October 2014 and the Zillertal Välley Rälley on 25 and 26 October 2014.