• Billabong Zillertal Välley Rälley - 1st Tourstop Hochzillertal

With amazing conditions, the 5th Billabong Zillertal Välley Rälley Europe 2017/2018 kicked off on December 16th and 17th at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach. Snowboarders from all over Europe joined the first event of Austria´s most popular snowboard amateur series at Betterpark Hochzillertal. The Välley Rälley came along with a dozen medals, prize money and goodies, a great load of fresh snow, powder runs, a bonfire and Brian Wolfe´s new Välley Rälley song.

What a tour start! Seems like Mother Hulda and the weather god had an agreement for the Välley Rälley. Just in time for the contest dÄy, the Betterpark Hochzillertal welcomed all riders with a perfectly shaped setup and bluebird. Competitors of all categories threw down their best tricks to impress the judges and rake in medals, prize money, goodies and valuable points in the World Snowboard Tour Ranking.

At the end of the day, it was Leon Vockensperger from Germany, who finally hit the jackpot. With his stylish fs10 tailgrab, he did not only claim 1st place in the men´s contest, he also took home the Billabong Best Trick Award and a complete Billabong outfit. Leon´s Snowboard Germany team buddy Moritz Breu got honored „most impressive grom of the dÄy“ by the Ästhetiker judges, while Katarzyna Rusin from Poland won the ladies gold medal. In the rookie category, Annika Morgan and Leon Guetl, both from Germany, took the top spots on the podium. Belgian talent Evy Poppe dominated the grom girls starter field, while English ripper Gabe Adams took the gold medal in the the grom boys class. With Amber Fennell and Charlie Lane, two English up-and-coming talents dominated the super groms girls and boys categories.

Fresh snow came along with big smiles on the Coaching Day. Together with Ästhetiker coaches Steve Gruber, Friedl Kolar and Chris Kroell, the coaching groups took it with side hits and powder runs all across Hochzillertal. The best limbos and ollies got rewarded by Ride Snowboards during the LIMBO RIDE fun session. With a bonfire, marshmallows and Brian Wolfe´s new Välley Rälley song performend on his guitar, the perfect Välley Rälley tour start 2017/2018 goes down in history.

Martha Schultz from the Schultz Group and Marketing Director of Hochzillertal Kaltenbach is delighted about another sucessfull outcome of the event: „Big Thanks to the Ästhetiker team, they are professionals at work! We are delighted that the event took place with perfect conditions!The vibe was already magnificent at the registration in the office! Austria needs more events like that, it is all about sharing the passion for a great sport!“

With the first of four Välley Rälley tourstops, the chase for valuable points in the overall ranking has started at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach. All events further count as N.ASA (New Austrian Snowboard Association) Austriacups. Results and rankings can be looked up at www.valleyralley.at

The Betterpark Hochzillertal will remain open until the end of the season. Info and updates are available at www.hochzillertal.com

Photos by: gustav_ohlsson