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Tom & Tom go off at

The second day of was the the qualification day for FT Riders Thomas the Train and T-Wall himself. The guys where packed into a jam with ones of the toughest rider fields of any qualification.

At 15.00 the live TV cameras turned their attention to the massive ramp. The 45 minute qualification saw tricks from double cork 1260s (Bene Mayr) to super stylish flat spin 540 bow and arrows. The crowd cheered on as the riders swapped positions with each jump, but in the end it was Tom Wallisch who came through with the most points going into the finals. Starting with his style he stomped a perfect flat 540 guitar grab, followed by a double cork 1080 mute to nose, landed with super style. Thomas Hlawitschka showed some clean rodeo 5s and a sweet sw misty 9 which brought him a lot of points from the judges. Sadly he got beaten by Jon in the last qualification round and ended up on 5th place, but i´m sure the Train will blow it´s steam even higher in Berlin.

After a long and wild partynight the whole crew took the bus back to the arena for the finals. The Level was incredible and Tom showed a Rodeo 5 for style and a forward double cork 10. Sadly he couldn´t convice the judges and missed the superfinal. Anyways, 5th place at a rider field like that is pretty impressive and promising for Berlin.

Congrats to the two Toms!!!!

Here is the Final Ranking:

1. Sammy Carlson

2. Elias Ambuhl

3. Andreas Hatveit

4. Jon Olsson

Tom Wallisch

Fredtjof Fredricsson

Lolo Favre

TJ Schiller

Thanks to Roman Lachner for the nice pictures and to for being awesome! check the full event coverage on

Thomas the Train Hlawitschka
Thomas “the Train” Hlawitschka


Seth Morrison – Fear & Loathing in Las Lenas

Written By Seth & originally posted on

Seth Morrison
Seth MorrisonSeth Morrison

Thus far, Las Leñas has given and taken.

Winds recently destroyed the deep snow we had upon arrival, making conditions a bit dodgy from run to run. At times, you could see clearly. Then it’d be a total whiteout. Without any trees or rocks around, you’d find yourself in vertigo. Still, we made the most of it.

The biggest problem, aside from the wind, was the fact that the Marte lift was shut down for some mechanical issues. Marte is why any good skier comes here: This lift alone accesses some of the most technical skiing you can do with zero effort put forth to get there.

Lift lines
Seth Morrison
High winds and limited terrain = big lift lines. Our strategy calls for waiting a little ways up the line till the not-so-good skiers fall off … and we jump on.

Seth Morrison CP sampling some of the Argentine maté as we wait to see whether we can skin farther past the base of Marte. Patrol ended up saying no!

Totally different story for the lifties, though. Maintaining this lift during storms and wind is a challenge Las Leñas faces on an almost daily basis. We had a chance to see the top building on Marte, nicknamed “Bora Bora,” where some ski patrollers live during the storms.

Composed of four small rooms, “Bora Bora” is an important element in Marte’s success. On the walls are patrollers’ names with numbers next to them, indicating the days in a row they’d been holed up during storms. It’s a big list. They have a full bunk room, generator, satellite TV, stove, food and the capability to send out bombs for air blasts above some of the couloirs around the ridgeline near the building. Pretty hard-core scene to say the least.

Since the lift has been down, the best skiing has come from hiking and skinning on and off the mountain. It’s a lot of work for your turns, and longtime Las Leñas skiers said they’d never done some of the hikes — because usually you can just ski there when Marte is open. Tough luck for our group.

Because of the limited skiing, shooting catalog photos and non-action shots hasn’t been so bad. But even light filming has been work, just to get to runs that are exciting to ski. Currently, the winds are so rough that only surface chairs are running, so lift lines are big and you have to be aggressive in the lineup to hold position. What one will do for skiing …

Seth MorrisonStein’s expression says it all during the hike up Cerro Martin.

Seth MorrisonCerro Martin (translation: It was deep).

Which is why it’s nicer to just go for a walk and get away from the masses for a bit. Warmer temps down low had us itching to get up higher, but routinely getting denied by patrol on hikes and fear of being blown away has kept us lower and contained to the valley. One week remains before we head back. Time to go fly a kite. Sorry for the lack of ski action pics — I’m too busy skiing when I’m skiing.

Seth MorrisonMore hiking to an off-resort spines zone.

Seth Morrison Salutations, Mr. Spines. Too bad people beat us to it after all the days we looked at its untrammeled freshness…