With the eighth edition of the Stubai Premiere (22nd to 23rd of October) winter was welcomed at the Stubai Zoo. Hundreds of snowboarders and freeskiers from all over Europe traveled to the opening of the Stubai Glacier to unpack their first tricks in the perfectly shaped park, to test the latest products at the Brandsaloon, to compete at events and to turn the night into day at numerous parties. All riders had lots of fun and the Stubai Premiere was a complete success!
Central Asia, the Tian-Shan mountains and skiing at the Silk Road fascinates us again and again. This season - in February 2016 - we travel with a team of good friends to Kyrgyzstan.
But basically this trip began in February 2014 - in Uzbekistan. This debut and the experience for the first time with an antique Russian MI-8 helicopter in the mountains of Central Asia to surf totally virgin powder slopes, was simply incomparable. No wonder that the humorous and bizarre movie clip (vimeo.com/88547754), which we then produced about our experiences, struck the Internet and the Freeride-nerds like a Russian cruise missile. It was quite logical that we traveled in 2015 again to Uzbekistan in the mountains of the Tian-Shan to have exactly the same fun and to make a second part of this movie clip - just a little more quirky and a little more crazy, of course. At this 2015 second Uzbekistan trip we had it all: At the beginning snowfall days in the mountains, Bluebird immediately afterwards, a great travel group, a lot of vodka and parties with the locals. Only one thing – the most important one - we did not have: flight time with the MI-8 helicopter to enjoy the powder in front of our doorstep. The thick flying thing, because we had traveled to Uzbekistan, was not allowed to take off. Heli-skiing did not take place. The competent authority in Tashkent made a fool of us and refused the Heli flight permission for two weeks. We could not go into the air. That was the worst ordeal for a long time. The reason: The top bosses oft the country and the uzbek guardians of morals were horrified by our last year's video clip, because there was a long-haired blond lady shown in ski-underwear dancing pretty sexy inside the helicopter. The uzbek authorities really had no sense of fun. Since that time we have renamed Uzbekistan in Absurdistan.
But we did not give up! One year later we motivate and restart again. In February 2016 we were on the third attempt in direction to the mountains of Central Asia. Of course, Uzbekistan had died for us as a destination. Our new goal was Kyrgyzstan. And that was exactly the right decision.
It is difficult to put the Kyrgyzstan-trip, which is now behind us, into words. Probably we needed - similar to a cocaine intoxication - a few weeks to realize what a unique adventure was given to us. An exotic journey, a lot of Powder in the vast, unspoiled and up to 5,000 meter high mountain ranges of the kyrgyz Tian Shan and very good snow conditions and terrain. By the way, we had the best helicopter pilot of the universe and of course we produced the long-awaited part two of our movie clip. At the end, we found paradise. Have fun with the movie clip! The print story (in german) and a lot of pictures of this journey you find at whitehearts.de
Many thanks for the Music to:
Direct Impact / Epic Score; Chewbacca / Oh, Ranger; Mama Luba / SEREBRO
Riding Rhythms features backcountry skiing in the Alps. Shown as we see it: a fusion of art and athletics.
The custom-made soundtrack by Electric Sun illustrates this approach and will give Riding Rhythms a unique feel.
In the snow-capped peaks overlooking Bariloche, Argentina, Refugio Frey is the only protection from the ravaging winds, drawing wanderers of all sorts to its doors. When a dog named Conga arrives and leads skier Santiago Guzman into the hills with her infectious energy, the windswept landscape becomes a backdrop for the pure joy of two mountain souls sharing a day in the wild.
The Shadow Campaign: 4 Short Films, Coming Fall 2014. Valle Nevado - Mt. Baker - Refugio Frey - Baldface.