Taking a Beating
When Tobi Tritscher called me up a few days ago, if I want to join him filming for a few days at Arlberg, I was keen on doing so, as it has been since AK that I got to ski with Tobi. Tobi is one of my favorite guys to ski with, he is such a rad character and fun dude to be skiing with and on top he is one of the most talented skiers I know.
As always, when filming, we had an early start, left the LOS house in Innsbruck at 6 30 am to be at the chair by 8. When we got to Arlberg, Lucas Mangold joined in on the fun. So the three of us planed on going to this zone, which requires a 30 min skin to get to. Once we got there things didn´t look to bad from the distance. But being on top of the face, we started to notice that the snow has been more sun affected than we thought. Tobi changed his line to the more sun protected side of the face and dropped in first. I had picked out a drop right down the center of the face. I started to really doubt if this was a good idea still. Not really finding an alternative made me stay committed to the initial plan. ( Bad idea ) So I dropped in and I had about two turns before the take of where I wanted to perform a flip down to the landing. But on my second turn just before the take of my tips got caught in the heavy, sun affected snow, which totally threw me off. As I was ready to flip of this thing but then didn´t I came off totally goofy and did a straight air wayyy bigger than I wanted. The impact was big to a sudden stop. Great, haven´t done one turn yet, and already feel a sore knee. Lukas came down safely and we decided to move on. I skied a fun little line, took some photos of Tobi and Lucas and we kept hiking. And WE HIKED A LOT. We skinned to the point where both, Tobi and I just had to stop because we were physically not able to keep going. We went home, grabbed a bite to eat and passed out by 9 pm.
The next morning we got up even earlier to make it to the zone we scouted the days before which was way further than what we have planned the first day. Another sweaty long skin started. We got to the top and were perfectly on time with the light. The next morning we got up even earlier to make it to the zone we scouted the days before which was way further than what we have planned the first day. Another sweaty long skin started. We got to the top and were perfectly on time with the light. Again, Tobi skied first. I dropped in next and kind of already thought that I might have underestimated the size of this face and it´s features. The real realization came as I dropped in and did my first turn over the blind roller. I wanted to ski fast. And boy I came in hot when I realized that the drop I wanted to hit is at least double of what I expected. So I hit it to the side, straight into my sluff, managed to come out at full speed. But the bottom of the run was too far to keep going at this speed, so I had to slow down which caused a crash I have not had in years. The first impact was crazy, it was so loud and felt as if I just got punched in the face really badly. I don´t know how but I managed to get right back on my skis and kept skiing trying to escape the sluff. That run cost my my skins, my GoPro and one pole along with some blood. I am glad I didn´t get hurt (other than a sore knee and the blood I was spitting). We kept the good spirit up and had a real good laugh about my crash. While Lucas and Tobi kept the session going I headed home to ice my knee.
I hardly crashed during the making of passenger and it was almost like a slap in the face that told me that the mountains are always stronger and for that I appreciated the experience. The mountains dictate us and what we do out there. And appreciating and respecting our playground is what is most important and that was what I got out of this once again / Sven