After leaving Utah, having a day to do my laundry and pack my bags, I found myself on an early flight to Munich with the ultimate destination being Austria. I am here in Austria to film a Salomon Freeski TV webisode, but since it worked out timing wise I left 2 days before the rest of the crew to participate in the Women's 2nd stop of the Freeride World Tour in Fieberbrunn. The competition venue was pretty cool, the women's field was loaded with tons of talent and I was excited to compete for the first time this season. Unfortunately I ended up crashing at the beginning of my run. The snowpack is very thin in Austria and my line accentuated the numerous amounts of rocks just lying beneath the powder. What a bummer! At least I can walk away and chalk it up as a learning experience. Congrats to Ane for laying down a solid run for the win!
Later that afternoon the guys picked me up and I was headed to my next Austrian destination, St. Jakob in the Defereggental Valley. Since we definitely need some fresh snow in these parts to get after it, we have spent the last few days exploring and getting our bearings down in this valley. I can't wait for it to snow, which it is suppose to heavily at the end of the week- wahoo!, so we can take advantage of the great terrain offered. I'm with a really fun crew of Cody Townsend, Ben Mullin and Ian Coble, and I'm sure we'll find plenty of things to keep ourselves occupied with in the meantime. Like watching the Olympics live in the restaurants and bars here in St. Jakob, which is so cool. Last night we watched the men's Downhill: every single racer with no commercials and stupid 15 minute bios. Astoundingly we will get the optimum Olympic coverage going half way across the world!
Cody and I hamming it up while checking out our surroundings our first day in the Defereggental Valley
Ben Mullin, the cinematographer, and Ian Coble, the photographer eyeing the delicious plate of cheese and meats with a side of Schnapps