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POWDER LESSON ON ONE SKI - George Eykyn, St Anton
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Ski instructor continues his off-piste lesson on one ski after his other one snapped in half.



 

 

An Austrian ski instructor was praised this week for the way he continued leading his off-piste group in St Anton even after one of his skis broke in half.

Andreas Matt, 36, a silver medallist in ski cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, was leading his Austrian Ski School off-piste class below the Galzig lift station.

One of his skis struck an ice block below the surface: the force of the impact snapped the ski in half.

Undeterred, Matt simply clipped the broken ski onto his rucksack and skied on with just one ski, through knee-deep, quite heavy snow.

He led the group out of the snowfield and down a couloir to regain the piste, skiing immaculately.

Even though the snow was broken up.

A member of the class commented: "We were all hoping that someone skiing off-piste on only one ski might not still look better than us - but Andi did, and he made it look easy!"

Matt, who lives in nearby Flirsch, retired from competition skiing in 2016.

Andreas Matt on one skiAndreas Matt on one ski (photo: Emer Fogarty)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andreas Matt on one skiAndreas Matt on one ski (photo: Emer Fogarty)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch below as Andreas skis through the powder elegantly on his right ski (video: by Emer Fogarty).

 

He then switches the ski to his left boot to continue the lesson on piste (video: by Emer Fogarty).

 

Andreas MattAndreas Matt in St Anton on a sunny day (photo: G Eykyn)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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