Sitting together drinking cups of cappuccino in 2008, a handful of snowboarders from Innsbruck came up with the idea of founding a snowboard club with a difference: its aim to help people living in poorer countries. Since its was started the Cappuccino Club has organized several charity projects collecting money for different social activities. In 2011 a snowboard calendar brought in more than €17,000, of which 100% went into micro projects in Kirgistan. Völkl Snowboards has supported the calendar from the beginning and was happy to hear that the club was planning to film a documentary and visit their partners last winter.
Alois, one of the founders of the Cappuccino Club, has been working for a charity organization in Kirgistan for the last two years and was accompanying the small group from Innsbruck on its trip, which led them from the capital Bishkek to the snowy mountains that cover almost 94% of the country. The first stop was Suusamyr, a pass 3300meter above sea level, surrounded by a sparse and surreal landscape of snow. "Snow scientists would have been stoked to see this natural spectacle", filmer Niki Waltl recalls. "The strong wind was literally shooting fresh snow continuously through the whole valley, blowing it off the ridges and creating surreal patterns in the landscape." Despite the difficult snow conditions the group got out their splitboards and scored untracked powder fields and a unique panoramic view over endless mountain ranges.
Each year, at the end of the winter season, a recurring story unfolds in Ischgl, with groms as far as the eyes can see and racoon faces wherever you look and everywhere a babble of German, Spanish, Japanese and Finish echoes through the streets of the Austrian mountain village. Welcome to the Völkl World Rookie Finals! The crowds have been as big for the event than this year: After a long season with ten events on five continents more than 110 promising snowboarders from 24 nations travelled to
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