Review – elooa Girls Backcountry Freeride Camp 2017

elooa Girls Backcountry Freeride Yoga & Snowboard Camp Montafon - Anna Kathalina Langer Yoga

The third and final installment of this season’s round of elooa Yoga & Snowboard Camps for Girls brought us to the Silvretta Montafon in the Arlberg region of Austria, the perfect backdrop for one of the most amazing weekends in the mountains I’ve had so far.

elooa Girls Backcountry Freeride Yoga & Snowboard Camp Montafon - Anna Kathalina Langer Pow Jumps

After raining cats & dogs in the city for three days straight, conditions were looking epic. With an avalanche risk of 4 on a scale up to 5 it was looking pretty sketchy, too. Yet everything played out just perfectly, with lots of sunshine the day before the camp that helped settled score and the snow to a much safer stage 2 by the time we got there.

elooa Girls Backcountry Freeride Yoga & Snowboard Camp Montafon - Anna Kathalina Langer Yoga

On top of fresh snow and perfect conditions for the camp, there was a last minute cancellation that opened up space and a free spot for a dear friend of mine to come over all the way from Finland to join me and the other 13 girls for an incredible weekend of riding powder under blue bird skies.

elooa Girls Backcountry Freeride Yoga & Snowboard Camp Montafon - Anna Kathalina Langer Yoga Class Yoga Teacher

As in the last two camps, I welcomed the campers with an Arrival Yoga Session in the Explorer Hotel Gaschurn, our base for the weekend. Stretching out the kinks of the week and of the journey to the picturesque Montafon, we set a great vibe for the weekend to which everyone was looking super forward too. After dinner I got the chance to help some of the campers setting up bindings on their test boards, sharing some „insider tips“ like rotating the high backs for a more direct response of the board in the turns.

elooa Girls Backcountry Freeride Yoga & Snowboard Camp Montafon - Anna Kathalina Langer Snowboard Set Up

With the white gold glistening in the sun is was rather hard to concentrate on the Snowga Warm up followed by the explanation the avalanche safety gear. Having seen not just a couple but a bunch of avalanches on the steep faces of the surrounding peaks on our way up everyone was super aware of the dangers lurking around us and gave their very best in the practical search exercise.

elooa Girls Backcountry Freeride Yoga & Snowboard Camp Montafon - Anna Kathalina Langer - Avalanche Safety Practice

Trying to run around in thigh deep freshies, following the arrows of your transceiver, trying to discern flesh from snow and rocks when probing and finally breaking a sweat shovelling out the buried backpacks painted a pretty clear picture of what’s going on if things come to worst. Luckily we did not need to put any of our knowledge into practice but were awarded with some epic lines and drops that made my heart pump.

elooa Girls Backcountry Freeride Yoga & Snowboard Camp Montafon - Anna Kathalina Langer Pow Turns

Without avalanche-dry-practice we got a lot more runs in on the second – including a couple of hikes. Which I normally don’t mind at all – as long as they’re not passing by a deep abyss or a long a blown out ridge that is deadly dangerous if you take one wrong step… But as I’ve written about before, the only way through is to challenge and confront your fear – in a safe and controlled way, which for me meant having my board carried by someone else, moving along on hands and knees…

elooa Girls Backcountry Freeride Yoga & Snowboard Camp Montafon - Anna Kathalina Langer Yoga

Getting over myself was rewarded with another great run, pumping me up with excitement, ready for more – of which we got plenty… Neatly documented, thanks to the lovely filmer & photographer who never left our sides, capturing all the happy moments for us to take home and cherish forever.

I’m already looking forward to the next round of camps next season! See you there :)

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