Air & Style: A monster made of snow and steel
On January 31st, 2009 the 13.000 spectators will feel the magic atmosphere again. The compact setup with direct closeness for the fans to the quarter pipe and to the snowboard heroes is unique.
The Air & Style Company set up an artificial snow production directly in the Bergisel Stadium. So the number of necessary truck transports from the Stubaier Gletscher to Innsbruck could be reduced. This year it will be a mix of artificial snow and snow from the Stubaital. Using only artificial snow was not possible due to warm weather one week ago. This mix of snow lays perfect foundations for inrun and quarter pipe. The snow that fell out of the sky last week had to be removed from the grandstands, because safety first is essential.
The complex substructures and special constructions of steel for the over 12 meters high quarter pipe are already finalized. As soon as the snow is on the quarter pipe, the difficult work of shaping begins. The slope, the radius and the conditions of the quarter decide significantly about the quality of the contest. It is the goal to set the riders perfect conditions, so the sportive level of last year’s contest can be topped.
To maximize the safety of the riders, there will be used an innovative Airbag Safety System at the Billabong Air & Style 09. The customized airbags were developed by the Air & Style Company in collaboration with the company Bagjump.
The stadium guarantees best view from every place. For details and slow motions there will be a 40 m² video wall this year – the 8 mm high resolution will guarantee best picture quality. The special construction is right beside the stage, assembled on a traverse 15 m high.
Because the Bergisel Stadium is very narrow, it is a real challenge for the event logistic – there is just one access road, many constructions have to be built especially for the event; many areas are only accessible by foot. But exactly this compactness and the closeness to the quarter will set up the special Billabong Air & Style 09 feeling on January 31st, 2009.
After the first day of competition with fresh snow and sunshine with an enthusiastic crowd, the 56 riders had a day to recuperate as Day 2 was postponed due to warmer temperatures.
In the last competition of the 2009 FIS Snowboard World Championships Gangwon, Korea, one Finnish rider proofed once again that Big Air is its home country’s domain.
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