35th Kaunertal Opening 2020

The 35th KTO is in the books. The event was definitely on a mellower scale this year due to COVID, but that didn’t mean that we had any less fun. 

© Theo Acworth Leonardo Sitza.

Friday brought blue skies for the SANE! cash for tricks session presented by Method Mag (That’s us!). Michi Schatz and Max Glatzl once again had handfuls of cash and tunes were pumped out by Mad Simon. Rider numbers were limited on the dropin which meant that the session wasn’t running quite as fast as usual, but it did ensure that if anyone did sneeze then there wouldn’t be 10 people standing shoulder to shoulder with them and inhaling their germs.

 

© Felix Pirker Oskar Fritzsche 

 

© Felix Pirker Max Glatzl & Michi Schatz

 

© Theo Acworth Fabi Fraidl putting the Bataleon Surfer to good use.
© Felix Pirker Max Glatzl & Mad Simon

 

The Quellalpin down in Feichten usually features live music and dancing teenagers, but this year it was host to something far more sophisticated; a photo gallery from Felix Pirker & our editor Theo Acworth, as well as the book launch of ‘Boards’ from Peter Radacher and the Snowboard Museum. This book is rad and definitely worth getting for anyone who likes snowboarding! There was a one-way system in place and even a security guard called Gregor who was ready to pistol-whip anyone who wasn’t behaving themselves.

 

© Felix Pirker Photo gallery in Quellalpin.
© Theo Acworth Gregor the guard.
© Theo Acworth 'Boards' from Peter Radacher and The Snowboard Museum 
© Theo Acworth Blunt scraper from Moritz Amsüss.

 

© Theo Acworth Samy Kautner BS rodeo.
© Theo Acworth Leonardo Sitza at full stretch.

 

We had to leave the event early in order to meet our print deadline for issue #1 of the mag (which will be in all good shops very soon) but we were told that the atmosphere for the Shred Unit session was the best of the weekend, despite it dumping the entire time.

© Felix Pirker Veroniqi Hanssen powering through the kink.
© Felix Pirker Real snowboarders.

Thanks to everyone who showed up and enjoyed themselves in a responsible way, and thanks to Kaunertal for having us! As always, the atmosphere up there is like a festival, and we love it.