On April 26 the UK snowboard scene will descend on the quiet Austrian resort of Kaunertal for a week of snowboard testing, fun events and partying at Spring Break!
Formerly known as The Snowboard Test, the event used to be an opportunity for brands to showcase next season’s gear to the UK’s snowboard retailers, media and riders, but last year organiser, Ian Sansom from The Reason magazine, opened it up to the public so that everyone could get in on the action.
We’ve been out for the past two years running and can personally vouch for its claim to be the best week of the year. Read about last year’s event here. Kauntertal sits at over 3000m and has a glacier so conditions are great right through to May. The first time we went out we even had fresh powder! It also has a huge terrain park with features to suit all levels of riders, as well loads of natural terrain with lots of fun hits.
One of the main attractions of Spring Break is the opportunity to be among the first to test out next season’s gear. All of the major brands will be there with their shiny new wares for you to ride, as well as loads of smaller brands. Check out the Spring Break website for the full list. It’s also your chance to hang out with and shred alongside some of the UK’s best riders. Jamie Nicholls was there on our first trip and Gigi Rüf even put in an appearance last year!
In addition to the board testing there’s also loads more going on both on and off the slopes. Highlights include the Whitelines Rail Jam, the Dragon Methodical Madness contest, Analog Après and endless parties.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that all this would make Spring Break pretty expensive, but it’s actually amazingly cheap, with packages starting from only £154 per person for 3 nights accommodation, 3 day lift pass, and all testing and entertainment. There are a range of different packages offering different durations and accommodation options to suit everyone.
If you haven’t already booked, there’s still time, so head to the Spring Break website and get involved!SDUK Snowboarding News: Still time to book for Spring Break!,