The BigLePowSki World Tour
The Fourth and final event of The BigLePowSki Tour went down this past weekend in the freeride hotspot of St. Anton, Austria. And even though the warm weather and mild rain made the snow a bit mushy at times, the epic terrain and endless enthusiasm here in the Arlberg made the last event of 2010 a full-on success.
The Dude has been busy this season: Lots of powder skiing and partying at The BigLePowSki events in La Grave (France), Brighton (Utah, USA), Davos (Switzerland) and finally in St. Anton (Austria). Every weekend event was packed full of good lines, good people and good times- just like the Dude wanted it!
Saturday’s booked-out workshops were all superb: Freeriding with local tele-heros Jacob Slot and Conny Zamernik, ski-touring into the endless backcountry of the Arlberg with Tom the local guide, an avalanche rescue training with the boys from Pieps, and just cruising around on BD skis in the warm springtime sunshine.
The Funky Chicken Bar and Pub was the site for Saturday nights fiesta. After a great meal of , you guess it- Roasted Chicken- the nightlife began with The Battle of The Pix, a slide-show contest with 5 European ski-photographers. The crowd was awed by the images of deep snow, big mountains and the ever-elusive search for adventures on skis. And in the end it was Baschi Bender from Germany who won and went home with the first prize, followed by Guilluame LeGillou of La Grave and Tony Brey from Garmisch.
The night rocked on to the hard guitar sounds of Chris Lee and Co. and the highlight was definitely the evening’s raffle. The Dude put up his Limited Edition Skis, a pair of 188 Megawatts with the BigLePowSki graphics! The profits of over €750 (over $1000) went to the Billy Poole Memorial Fund.
The BigLePowSki 2010 Tour was sponsored by Black Diamond, Arc’Teryx, FreerideMaps, Diamir Fritschi bindings, Pieps and Nokia. And The Dude would like to personally thank everyone who helped, particated and supported all of these classic events this year.
Thanks a lot for the great season, and we look forward to more powder sessions with The Dude in 2011!