Last March our global women’s snow army teamed up, cleared up a short window in their season and decided to defy the natural elements and do a team shoot in only a few days. They’d clearly done something right in the past as stars aligned letting the full script play out with blue bird park days, snowflakes the size of tennis balls and waist deep pow after the season’s biggest dump, to wrap things up.
Cheryl making the Austrian landscape look even more amazing.
Sarka Pancochova, Cheryl Maas, Elena Hight, Christy Prior and some family riders hanging close by; neighboring Switzerland’s own Joel Juchli “JJ” and the French Anouck Grau all rallying to do some true riding. A team that’s known for keeping busy with contests, Dew Tour, X-Games, Opens, FIS qualifiers… Olympics.. suffering from the typical “so many places to go and so little time” syndrome, sometimes deserves a bit of slack. A proper team trip at our favorite resort Kitzsteinhorn, in the Austrian Alps. The perfect spot when wanting to tackle everything. This was long overdue. A great chance for new and old riders to kick back and relax after all the contest madness and to think about what snowboarding really means to them. Little did we know, they took the assignment to heart and put on a shocking bar tab, some sick riding, chicken dancing and smiles so unforgettable they convinced us to step up the game for our next team trip.
The Euro part of the team showing off their modeling skills.
Christy's bs 180 japan air.
A lot was scheduled for these intense few days together, including a round table with our outerwear designer Carolyn, but the team hustled, fuelled by each other’s energies, and this edit is the proof. Think we got ourselves the itch for another pow trip…
Christy mastering her board with a style unlike others.
JJ and Kari traversing over to the park.
Sarka's all smiles watching her teammates ride.
JJ has the talent to slow down time when she locks in on a rail.
Another lift back to the top of the pipe by Kitzsteinhorn's friendly park crew.
Elena (left) and Sarka (right) playing with the sun.
And then there was snow. Elena's on her way to shoot our Pika TDS Down Jacket Techstimonial.
So much snow in fact that we spent most of the day riding waist deep in it. Kari occasionally got barried.
Old tracks, new tracks.. it's all good fun when you for a brief moment get lost in a cloud of pow.
The end of our last day, looking back at all the sick lines. Until next time.
Big thanks to Active Hotel in Kaprun and all of Kitzsteinhorn with it’s more than “fine" snow park crew for treating us like royalty!
Photo credit: Vanessa Andrieux
Posted on November 10, 2014