„Free the stage“ was the motto of the day at Snowpark U-Bahn in Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn on Saturday, Jan 26. But in this case, the artists involved didn’t wear questionable clown costumes or looked like lion tamers. No – they stole the show in their ski gear. And they probably wouldn’t call themselves artists as they don’t have anything to do with trapezes and wild animals jumping through burning hoops. No no no, they jump over kickers to gain airtime and are rather known as shredders or freeskiers – long story short, we’re of course talking about freestylers! At the QParks Tour’s Lit Night Jam they were literally in the spotlight for the whole day and (almost) the entire night!
No, we didn’t make a slip of the pen, the finals indeed started after dusk (around 6pm). But don’t freak out, the boys and girls didn’t need to test their night vision and they also didn’t challenge each other in a frightening pitch-dark park session. Why? The floodlit Snowpark U-Bahn turns nights into days, and this is exactly what happened during the first QParks Tour Stop in the Glemm valley. Freeskier Paul Schweiger was seemingly happy: “The night contest was awesome. I wasn’t quite sure before how it is to ride in these light conditions, but the visibility was just extremely good. And the setup was shaped really well.”
Because of the snowfall in the morning, he was one of the last riders to register for the contest. Despite his late arrival, he showed two unbelievably solid runs and won the contest in the category Freeski Men: Patrick Schuchter. He started his run in the finals with a Left Corked 360 Safetyon the first jump, speeded up a little bit and shot out a super stylish nose butter 9. Last but not least, he demonstrated a neat Switch Frontslide 270 Offon the final tube. He didn’t only win the Freeski Men category, but he also took home the Free Spirit Best Trick Award with his Nose Butter 9. That means 100€ cash right in his pocket and the chance to win a surf trip for two at the Free Spirit Hostelin Ecuador. Peter Mangold won the second place and Leo Buchholzwas happy about his third place.
In the category Grom Men, Leo Buchholzeven succeeded. His run consisting of a Corked 720 Safety, Flat Japan 3and a Left Blind 450 Offon the industry rail was ranked highest by the judges. “The contest was freaking awesome. It was the first QParks Tour Stop I joined and I’m happy to take part again in the future.”- states the young German. The Top 3 were completed by Florian Paleand Fabian Tschiderer.
The QParks Tour premiere at the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn was a total success. The riders who took part in the first Lit Night Jam made the event live up to its name: It was #litaf!