Every year Sölden and QParks come together and build a one off spring feature, for crews and riders to come and shoot videos and photos on. This year was ‘The X’ two opposing hips and a huge step up kicker.
This was one of the coolest aspects of the project for me, having almost ‘grown up’ on seeing a lot of the Sölden media features in some of my favourite snowboard movies and this really excited me about heading to Solden.
It is pretty much as Onboard Mag, who did a feature on “10 Years Of Sick Solden Features”
“There are some locations within freestyle that are instantly recognisable. Whether it’s the heart-stopping drop of the Mt Baker Gap, the iconic staircase in Quebec, or the icy depths of the Helsinki Harbour that riders launch themselves over. All of these spots are like the UNESCO heritage sites to us. One of these has to be the notorious media obstacle in Sölden that graces our screens each autumn in a plethora of the finest snowboard films.“
And this year did not disappoint, we had crews from all over europe and the world, an advert for Renault was shot, and riders such as Werni Stock, Marco Grilc, Kevin Backstrom and Mark and Craig McMorris turned up and killed it, stay tuned for footage dropping soon.
Here is a teaser:
It was a pretty marathon build, using an avalanche route to build up snow throughout the season and then pushing all the snow into a pile ready to be cut and shaped was a huge task, it was however just the beginning!
After it was roughly in place began the cutting, cutting the mound into the perfectly sculpted X you see in the video required an excavator and lots of chainsaw and transition tool work!
Once the X section was complete, the jump was built, pushed, cut and shaped and the landing was winched, it was on!