Each year we make the annual pilgrimage to The Spring Break Snowboard Test in Austria. The main reason for us attending is being able to get a large amount of our key staff out on the snow testing next season’s snowboards and bindings, that way they’ll know exactly how they ride when you come into our store for advice.

So we packed up the TSA van with over a hundred of next season’s snowboards and bindings and left the UK with our final destination being the glacial resort of Kaunertal. We had intended on heading up to the test centre to set up the day before the test officially kicked off, these plans were scuppered when on the way to the resort we heard reports that over 90cm of fresh snow had fallen and the resort road was closed.

The next morning things kicked off with a super early start as we loaded up the van with camera kit and crew and then headed off on our daily drive from the town of Feichten to the Kaunertal glacier.

Winding our way 16 miles up the mountain we pulled into the car park we were greeted with sunshine and shred load of fresh snow! After unpacking the kit, setting up in the test centre and rallying the troops day one of testing kicked off. This year there were dozens of snowboard brands in attendance so there was no shortage of new kit to get stoked on. The testing format followed the same blueprint for the next few days, early starts, full days of riding, filling out review cards and filming video reviews for the website. There was a mix of weather during the week, we had sunshine, whiteouts, fresh snow, high winds and slush. Over the course of the test our staff collectively tested hundreds of snowboards and bindings.

Previously the UK snowboard test had been a closed event only open to brands, media and retailers but in the last couple of years the event has been opened to the public which has seen the attendance swell to over 375 attendees.

Though the main emphasis of the week is on testing equipment there are a tonne of extra events going on. Whitelines hosted the Rail Jam, Dragon returned with Methodical Madness which featured cameos from snowboard royalty Gigi Rüf and Arthur Longo no less. Thirty Two hosted the Piñata Merlmelada contest that had riders getting creative in attempts to knock the living daylights out of paper Mexican donkeys for prizes. Off the hill in the evenings there were BBQs, skate jams, film screenings, Austrian Air Guitar Championships and brand party nights.

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Check out some photo highlights of the week.

Getting ready for the first day on the hill.

A bluebird start to the week!

TSA rider Will Gilmore and Gigi.

It's not just snowboards on test, Dragon brought out the goods.

Groomers = Fast.

Burton UK's Chris Also setting up the 2016 Process.

TSA friend Ewan Wallace about to drop.

Sharing a gondola with Mint Snowboarding's Tammy Esten and Pat from K2.

It's been a great week time to boost back to the UK.

Posted by: Shannon