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Snowboard Germany’s Girls Shred Session with Silli at Vans Penken Park x WSF Pro Women

The Girls Shred Session hit the Vans Penken Park with a blast – this is what happened: Nearly 60 (!) #shredqueens from Austria, Germany, England, Spain and even Australia conquered the park, chased away the fog to make place for the sun and nailed their sickest moves. Due to the massive amount of girl power it’s quite obvious why pro riders such as Silvia Mittermüller, Pilar De La Cruz and Laura Wallner took over the coaching duties and even Miss Anna Gasser paid the Girls Shred Session a visit…


Saturday the 26th of March, countless female snowboarders and freeskiers made their way to the Zillertal area at dawn in order to kick off the Girls Shred Session 2015/16 on time at 10 am. At first the park was still covered in a couple of fog patches, but after the highly motivated girls had taken a couple of warm-up runs with the WSF Pro Women Ambassador Silvia Mittermüller, the obstacles of the Vans Penken Park were sparkling in the sunlight. Time to start the session!

From seven-year-old #shredqueens up to 30+ girls, who were taking their first runs, everyone is welcome at the Girls Shred Session! Thanks to the freeski and snowboard coaches, each of the participants was able to state her personal goal of the day, which some of the girls already managed to achieve during the morning session. When noon arrived with bright sunshine it was time to chill and to recharge the batteries at the Grillhof Alm lodge. The break didn’t last too long, though, because soon the girls were ready for some more shred action and couldn’t wait to get on the park lift again to start the next gunfire – at that time Anna Gasser had already mixed in with the crowd!

At the end of the day everyone was totally stoked and satisfied – the participants even received various cool prizes such as Vans snowboard boots and jackets, QParks t-shirts and gym bags by the Mayrhofen Mountain Railways! After an amazing day of incredible shred action it was time to say goodbye in the late afternoon – but the girls will definitely be back for some more brilliant spring sessions at the Vans Penken Park.

Check out the Snowboard and the Freeski Edit of the Girls Shred Session! You can find current information on the Vans Penken Park till the season finale and onwards on the Facebook Fanpage and the best pics on Instagram on a daily basis! Visit for updates on the current spring session setup and don’t forget to download the brand-new app for Android Smartphones and iPhones! Last but not least – the #shredqueens can be found on Instagram and Facebook as well. Ride on grrrls!


#WSFProWomen is a dedicated women snowboarding event series launched by the World Snowboard Federation. A girls and woman friendly approach to snowboarding that resonates through community based activities and shared experiences on the snow is an integral part of all WSF Pro Women activities.

WSF Pro Women is supported by the most influential industry companies, media and platforms. Many thanks to Blue Tomato, and for their generous donation of give aways for event participants, and a hefty dose of promotional support!

Thanks to the National Snowboard Associations of China, Norway and Germany for their help in organizing and promoting the WSF Pro Women events!


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Tourstop Vans Penken Park Mayrhofen / Hippach

Not only the winners of the day carried home lots of medals, appreciation and mad-prizes from the third Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride tourstop at the Vans Penken Park. Also the overall winners of the Super Grom Tour Tyrol 2016 got crowned and honored on February 20th and 21st in Mayrhofen, Hippach in the Zillertal. All 100 riders took it with challenging conditions, flat lights and winds that weekend. Nevertheless, the riding level was incredible and riders were pushing the limits once again in the open slopestyle contest, not least because the park shapers were permanently maintaining the course to keep it in perfect shape. All participants, parents, trainers, friends and visitors kept up the unique Zillertal Välley Rälley vibe, as witnessed in the recap video by Andreas Monsberger.

The Vans Penken Park welcomed its guests for the 3rd Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride Snowboards tourstop with a perfectly shaped XXL setup. On the Coaching Day, the Ästhetiker crew members Steve Gruber, Chris Kroell, Friedl Kolar and Klaus Hofmeister took advantage of the entire park setup to train with up-and-coming talents on the jump and jib lines. In the meantime, riders were already warming up for the next day´s competition on the pro and advanced line.


On Sunday, 85 competitors showed up to compete on all different lines in the open slopestyle contest. Top riders from all over Europe pushed the limits througout all categories battling it out on hightest level. No surprise, the stakes were high. Winners could look forward to medals and prize money, mad-prizes and valuable points in the World Snowboard Tour Ranking and Välley Rälley Overall Tour Ranking.

In the super grom category Evy Poppe ( BEL) and Niclas Huber (GER) made it one more time to the top spot. Annika Morgan (GER) and Samuel Jaros (SVK) dominated the groms podium, while Adéla Kreisingerova (CZE) and Billy Cockrell (GBR) took victory in the rookies competition. Gillian Finnerty (GBR) won the women´s contest, while Scotsman Matt McCormick did not only earn in the gold medal in the men´s contest, he also won the Vans Best Trick Award with a clean bs9.  Austrian young gun Finally Nico Winkler got rewarded most impressive Grom of the day by the Ästhetiker Judges.


The 3rd Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride tourstop in Mayrhofen was also a part of the AustriaCups and the Final event of the Super Grom Tour Tyrol 2016, organized by the N.ASA. As the best overall grom girl Emma Lantos (AUT) got rewarded with the first place. Nico Winkler (AUT) won the trophy of the overall winner in the grom boys category and Leonardo Cerato (AUT) took home the super groms overall award 2016. All results are available at

With the 3rd tourstop, the Välley Rälley Overall Ranking starts getting exciting. Ride Snowboards team rider Roland Tschoder and local ripper and Greenroom shop team rider Patrick Fankhauser, both from Austria, are currently sharing the lead with equal score in the men´s category. The actual top spots in the overall ranking qualify for the N.ASA Shred Down Austrian Masters. All rankings and results are available at

Despite the changing weather conditions, we witnessed another perfectly organized tourstop of the Zillertal Välley Rälley at the Vans Penken Park,” Marketing Director Gotthard Schoepf from the Mayrhofner Bergbahnen explains. “You can see, that the event is enjoying increasing popularity by riders and sponsors, while fun factor and professionalism don´t come to short. This formate delivers exactly, what snowboarding needs these days: fun, action and a lot of smiling faces!


The Vans Penken Park will be open and daily maintained until the 10th of April, 2016. All info on the setup is available at With the brand-new App you can always look up the latest news from the Vans Penken Park on your Android Smartphone or iPhone, where ever you are.

Partners of the 3rd tourstop:, Ride Snowboards, Vans, Red Bull, Mayrhofner Bergbahnen, Tourismusverband Mayrhofen / Hippach im Zillertal, Grillhof Alm, N.ASA, Greenroom Mayrhofen, Black Eye, Dana Beanies

The forth and final Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride tourstop and finals will go down on April 2nd and 3rd in Hintertux, where the overall tour winners will be crowned prince, princess, duke, dutchess, king and queen of the valley 2016!

More Info and registration at

Credits: Matt McHattie for Coaching / Gustav Ohlsson for Contest Day