Nicolas Mueller wins season closing TTR event
Mon 23 April 07
In his inimitable smooth style, under glorious spring weather, Nicolas Mueller (SUI) claimed the first-ever Slopestyle title of TTR THREE(3)STAR Snickers Classic & Popcorn Wallride
In his inimitable smooth style, under glorious spring weather, Nicolas Mueller (SUI) claimed the first-ever Slopestyle title of TTR THREE(3)STAR Snickers Classic & Popcorn Wallride, held at Saas-Fee, Switzerland, 19th-22nd April, 2007.
The last major professional event on the Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour 06/07, the Snickers Classic & Popcorn Wallride delivered a perfect and worthy ending to the snowboard season. As bikini-clad bodies bronzed in hot sun on the beach-styled Popcorn Plaza at the Saas-Fee Spielboden glacier run, riders went all-out to enjoy the super-fun Slopestyle park designed by local Swiss stars, Frederik Kalbermatten (SUI) & Marco Schwab (SUI). Starting with a cliff-drop, the course included a huge table-jump, a roller-jump, a step-up manual box and snow-box. Two qualification heats of 15 cut into a 12-man Super Final where each finalist received a share of the 10,000USD prize purse. Judges marked riders during the Slopestyle jam sessions based on overall impression through the course.
Hard-pushed to judge the striking line-up of European snowboard talent, it was Nicolas Mueller’s (SUI) creativity, fluidity and variety of tricks that set him apart from his peers. Mueller’s (SUI) stylish runs included a neat 540 off the cliff-drop, a Cab 900 Japan and snow-box jibbing – the only rider to do so.
‘I tend to begin my season riding contests then continue with filming from January onwards. I just came from Alaska last night to come to Freddie’s event. I didn’t come to win – just wanted to ride this really fun park. It’s the perfect end to ride these conditions where I’ve both started and finished my season’s riding in Saas-Fee,’ explained a buoyant Mueller (SUI).
Young Finnish up-comer, Juuso Laivisto (FIN), deservedly claimed 2nd place. Only his second TTR result of the season, the 18-year-old showed off his risk-taking style impressing judges with a Cab 540 off the cliff-drop, and a double backflip followed by frontside 900. Proudly representing the Aesthetiker crew, 3rd place podium spot went to Rudi Kroell (AUT) who showed a lot of variety with Cab 900s, switch backside 720s and a backside rodeo 720 amongst his pool of tricks. The main word of the day was ‘fun’ and notably Andreas ‘Mone’ Monsberger (AUT) who rode the course one-footed and Jonas Emery (SUI) who also pushed the park’s limits with a spectator-friendly show. Each rider earned their last round of TTR Ranking Points in the final chance to increase their status on the TTR Ranking List presented by Swatch.
Snickers Classic & Popcorn Wallride Top 5
1/ Nicolas MUELLER (SUI) ARCUSBURTON
2/ Juuso LAIVISTO (FIN) SMITH
3/ Rudi KROELL (AUT) NIKEACGHOTZONE
4/ Frederik KALBERMATTEN (SUI) ARCUSBURTON
5/ Anthony ‘Ton-Ton’ HOLLAND (SUI) VOLCOMVZ
Thu 26 April 07, Perisher, Australia
More Aussie Pop at Perisher Blue
Sat 28 April 07, Whitefish, USA
$5.2 million is being spent giving the quad-chair a complete overhaul
Mon 30 April 07, Ischgl, Austria
12,000 people turned out to see Melanie C on Sunday as part of the end of season finale. The resort is open until 1st May though
Tue 01 May 07
Expanded, Updated and now finally online. We've the full knowledge on all the summer snowboard camps running and all the glaciers that will be open over the summer months. Enjoy!
Tue 01 May 07, Revelstoke, Canada
As part of the first stage in this new resort, they have completed the purchase of Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing
19-22 April 07
Saas-fee plays host of the snickers slopestyle and the popcorn wallride as part of this end of season TTR event