“Holy s***, how huge is that jump?”, “Alright, that thing is definitely big!”, “What an INSANE take-off!”, “Way bigger than it seemed on the pics… scary!”.
These were the first comments of first-class snowboarders like Rowan Coultas, Jose Aragon, Werni Stock or Roope Tonteri when they first saw Sölden’s humongous 2016 special obstacle in real life. But after their first runs the freestyle-pros’ opinions had totally changed… “Rowan Coultas was the craziest! He was the first to hit the jump when we were all very scared”, said Katie Summerhayes, whereas she has every right to be satisfied with her own performance as well: “I did a good 7 Japan that I was really happy with”, she comments.
“Holy s***, how huge is that jump?”
Werni Stock, known for his humble character, was super stoked by Roope Tonteri and Tom Tramnitz, while he himself tweaked the Wedge relentlessly: “Both are extremely stylish riders. Mighty props to those guys. Roope Tonteri always sends it and always takes it to the limit. No matter whether it’s a jump, hip or aftershred beer”, the pro from Zillertal adds winkingly. The superstar from Finland remains super chilled and pragmatic as always: “I wanted to get some stylish tricks but in the end everybody started to send it so I sent it as well. Haha!”
Given the fact that the Wedge was shaped from masses of snow carried by not two but three avalanches, that’s more than understandable. He comments: “The Wedge was probably the biggest and gnarliest obstacle I had the opportunity to jump during this season. The resort is huge and located in this corrie, which provided the session with this magnificent scenery. Broad slopes, a big funpark and a giant obstacle, what else could one wish for!? It was massive, offered lots of possibilities but still was comfy to jump. That’s a real rarity!”‘Comfy to jump?! What the ****!’, us average joes might think. But well … Werni Stock could only say good things about this monster kicker: “To me the airtime of this jump was just so cool! Spinning a FS 360 you could just chill and enjoy!” But: “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” Frank Zappa put it straight – we don’t want to babble too much about the massive action going on at Sölden’s “The Wedge”. We’d rather have the full edit take us away. Check out the “comfy’n’chill” jumps stomped by this armada of pros at Sölden’s #TheWedge, enjoy!