The seventh instalment of the Hochkeil Banked Slalom took place last Saturday (January 11) with a record number of starters. Nearly 120 riders took part with the youngest being a mere 2 years old. Impressively, it was 2-year-old Stani Macheiner who jointly claimed the kid’s average time prize.
Snowboarding is dead… NOT!
Record number of starters at the Hochkeil Banked 2020
At the seventh edition of the Hochkeil Banked Slalom on Saturday 11 in Mühlbach at Hochkönig, almost 120 riders started, more than ever before. The demanding banked course in the natural snow area of Hochkeil offered challenges for professionals and pleasure boarders. In addition to the fastest, the average times were also rewarded with main prizes. There was an exciting, but relaxed race, which is also part of the WSF Banked Slalom World Tour.
Goodboard founders Josef Holub and Maik Friese helped out organising this event and were glad to see so many young riders joining the snowboard event. “A lot of retailers tell me snowboarding is dying but seeing all those kids riding here proves them wrong and gives me motivation to keep on and show people how much fun snowboarding is” said Josef.
The Hochkeil Banked Slalom took place this Saturday for the seventh time at Hochkeil – Hochkönig ski area. In the morning there was a huge rush for riders registering at the Arthurhaus lift. Around 120 snowboarders from Austria, Germany, Belgium, Scotland and the Czech Republic got one of the coveted starting spots. During training, clouds- and even fog- wafted through the best-prepared
banked course. Just in time for the first run, the visibility improved, and the riders showed spectacular riding. Especially the kids, the youngest participant was only two years old, who gave it all.
For the second run, the sun even came out over the Mandlwand in the spectacular Hochkönig Massif. Also, the second run was accident-free and fun for all riders. Stewart Orr, our Scotsman living in Kaprun, snatched the victory with a dream time in the last second, just in front of Friedl May, who lives in Salzburg. Jacob Zeppelzauer came in strong third.
As in the previous year, Kathrin Gappmayer from Kuchl duelled the ladies’ class with 2010 Freeride World Champion Aline Bock from Germany, who is at home in Innsbruck. A great second run secured Aline the best time and she got her first victory at the Hochkeil Banked. Lisa Wollein from Austria took third place.
Hochkeil Shaper Kim Arents, from Belgium, came closest to the average adult time and received a brand new Goodboard.
The legends class was dominated by Markus Ebner from Bavaria, World Champion and vice World Champion at the turn of the millennium, ahead of Goodboard’s founder Josef Holub vom Ammersee, born in Prague. Third place went to legendary Bavarian Peter Mohr with an old school setup. The middle time in Legends class was snapped by Mary Schumacher, from Tyrol, who’s from the “Snowboarding Family”.
In the boy’s group, Leonardo Schweizer won ahead of Niclas Ebner and Oliver Chirstov, all three from the Bavarian team. Tina Schrott prevailed over the girls, ahead of Rosalie Bauer and Mathilda Scheid. These three brisk ladies also came from the strong Bavarian team.
The kids set a highlight at the Hochkeil Banked 2020. Fenja Jansing from SC Schellenberg, Bavaria secured a win a split hair ahead of Hedi Machein from the “Snowboarding Family”, Austria and Wally Macheiner also from the “Snowboarding Family”.
The kid’s average time was snapped by Stani Macheiner- born in 2018- accompanied by Lilo Krebernik also member of the “Snowboarding Family” and at home in Vienna!
At the award ceremony the sun went down and the great prizes sponsored by Goodboards, Blue Tomato, SP Bindings and 686 Clothing brought a smile to the faces of the many tired riders. The entire Hochkeil team is looking forward to the 2021 banked slalom!
Check the full results here