When I woke up this morning and opened the curtains I was super stoked to see todays bluebird but at that very same moment I had to think of that one day 7 years ago, 11 march 2005. A day my friends and I will never forget. With the exact same conditions as today our beloved friend Walter Kouw took up the lift in Mayrhofen with the thought to make that day one of the best days in the season, fresh powder and bluebird.
Unfortunately that beautiful day in 2005 also became one of the worst days. Completely unexpected, responsible as Walter was, he got caught by an huge avalanche while he was putting down his first track.
Suddenly the 11th of March became the day where we are struggling with two opposite feelings. It’s the sad day we lost a good friend, a brother and a for most of us a father figure. But let this also be the day that reminds us to what you did for us and for snowboarding in particular. It may already be 7 years ago Wallie, you are still in our hearts and thoughts.
Rest in Peace Walter.
David, Lenn, Tim, Robin & Rens.