Spring in the Park 2009 – fun & action galore!

Two weeks of spring sun, a perfectly groomed Terrain Park Zugspitze and lots of pro coaches lured countless snowboarders and freeskiers to Germany’s highest mountain: from the 4th to the 19th of April, up to three hundred riders a day amused themselves at SPRING IN THE PARK and used the opportunity to extend their riding knowledge at the coaching sessions at the Terrain Park. More than 50 riders took part in the concluding Rookie Contest on Saturday, the 18th of April. Katrin Walter (AUT) and Phillip Baumgartner (AUT) took victory at the freeskiers’ while Carina Kastenhuber (GER) and Kevin Kraus (GER) won the snowboarders’ competition.

“It was a fantastic camp. We had an excellent crew and everything worked out well”, supervisor Xaver Hoffmann chuffed about the successful camp. The Easter camp on the Zugspitze offered the participants coaching sessions, photo shootings, equipment tests, parties at the “Lodge am Hausberg” and the concluding Rookie Contest.

At the Girl’s Week during the first week of the camp, pro riders of the K2 Women’s Alliance like Julia Baumgartner (AUT) and Maike Haller (GER) showed the slopestyle girls how to improve their moves on rails and kickers.

Rookie Contest: nobody wanted to stop

To top off this fourth edition of SPRING IN THE PARK, the Rookie Contest took place at Terrain Park Zugspitze. All riders without a sponsoring deal were allowed to take part. Though after two weeks of sunshine some clouds covered the sky, more than 50 competitors gathered to the Terrain Park which had been shaped perfectly by Karl Killer and his crew once again. In the morning, the kicker session took place followed by the rail jam. “The jury looked for consistency and style as well as clean and safe riding”, Xaver Hoffmann stated. “Everybody had fun. It was a cheerful session without any pressure. Nobody wanted to stop and go home.”

At the female snowboarders’, Carina Kastenhuber (GER) convinced the judges while Katrin Walter (AUT) won the freeskiers’ competition. On the podium, the winners received fine non-cash prizes like snowboards and skis. In addition, prizes like lift tickets for the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn and equipment by K2, RIDE and LINE were awarded for the best tricks and the worst slams. Even the spectators got some give-aways. And that’s why everybody walked home blissfully looking forward to the next edition of SPRING IN THE PARK!

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