We made our way to Voralberg for the second edition of the Montafon Banked Slalom and let me tell you, it was totally worth it! What an awesome gathering of kindred souls, all bound by their love of carving ruts through berms, good tunes and a mellow vibe. From pros to weekend warriors, everyone is there to have some fun on the soft snow and drink some suds with their buds after the "race". The course itself was actually pretty challenging for those who were focused on getting a good time. Each turn was totally different and required lots of concentration to hold a solid line through the berms and not chatter out on your edge and lose all your speed. It was also pretty long, best times were just under 1:30 mins, so it was definitely a leg burner. All in all, it was a fucking blast, we cruised on the pistes, chilled in the sun, ate good food, drank beer out of plastic bottles and smoked some doobies while shit like the Ramones and the Descendents played in the background. Then we poached the course a few times each to seal off the day in style. Check out some shots from this most excellent event put on by Deeluxe, and make sure to come through next year, you won't be disappointed!
All photos by Rudi Wyhlidal (except where noted), check out his awesome site: rudography.com
Rene Schnoeller & Tadej Valentan, brothers from different mothers
Quite the colorful cast of characters came out for the festivities
Ladies & gentlemen, your host, monsieur Matthieu Perez!
Prokes was in full race mode
The official race starter/announcer was also competing in a sweet 686 one-piece
Who else remembers Zinka?
"I can feel it... I can feel it in my plums."
The girls dropped in first
They were charging the banks
Dude, check out those STEP IN BINDINGS!!!
3... 2... 1... GO!
Uber local Hilly and Captain 80's ready to slash some banks
There were plenty of people on retro gear
Laying some trenches on a Burton Asym
Banking thru those turns
Tadej was having fun
And charging the course!
Matt Perez was also looking fast through the turns
Here's Matt again, locking into that heel edge
Most people were trying to stay low and as close to the gates as possible, it was pretty choppy up on the berms
Jan Prokes showing some good form! Photo: TAG
Hilly making like a hurricane!
Rene sucks up the bumps in the flat section
Rene again, pushing through a frontside wall
Steve Zdarsky came all the way from China, blasting out a toeside trench
It was such a mellow vibe, this is how all snowboard contests should aspire to be like
Sebi Muller squeezed in at the last minute, wild style heelside burner
Enol Barringon Montes came from España to show some ripping style
Contest organizer Michael Lippitsch pumps those humps!
Michael again, this was the last berm on the course, and it was the most fun, just long and mellow and soft from baking in the sun all day
Here's another look at that last berm from a different angle
Another unknown ripper, navigating thru the chop
The key is holding on to your line
Tadej Valentan with some proper gunfighter stance
Sebi Muller has leopard blood!
Peat from Deeluxe keeping it shady
The cover band at the prize-giving was pretty decent, at least they played good songs
Keep on rockin' me, baby!
Welcome to the wacky world of snowboarding!
These things seriously weighed a TON!
Adriana Olech is rad and she goes fast on her snowboard
Aline Bock stoked on her win!
Tadej in 3rd, Alex Fischer in 2nd and Jürgen Hausbauer in 1st
Thanks Matthieu for the hospitality, it was fucking awesome and we will definitely be back next year!