Words: Harry Winnard - Train Photo: Harald Eisenberger - Action Photos: Adrian Formella
After a couple of seasons spent travelling around Austria, it has become apparent to me just how efficient, well-connected and reasonably priced their public transport network is. Following a conversation to this effect with The Reason in January, they asked me to embark on a trip to visit some prime Austrian parks, all without the use of a car. Thanks to support from the Austrian National train company ÖBB, Mayrhofen, Zillertal and Nordkette, we were set to go. Partnered with photographer Adrian Formella – possibly the most chilled dude I’ve worked with – and friends at each spot, we had a plan of action.
The trip began in Absolut Park near Salzburg, my home resort over the past few seasons. From powder days over at Zauchansee, to sunny park laps, AP never fails to provide. With endless jib possibilities, perfect for any dome kid, coupled with meaty, well-shaped jumps, there is no wonder this resort attracts some of the best snowboarders in the world. The Chill House at the bottom of the park offers a great place to hang out, with a mini ramp and rock climbing walls, so even when you’ve had enough of shredding, you can never get bored.