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The Glacier Express | Ep 4, Laax

Sudden Rushing with the Holden Outerwear Team

Think of Switzerland, think of snowboarding, and chances are you’ll be thinking of Laax. Considered the freestyle mecca of Europe, Laax plays host to some of Europe’s biggest riding names and brands – Nicolas Muller and the Korua clan, to name a few. So, when the train trundles into town for episode 4 of Holden’s The Glacier Express, the boys hop onto the platform and head up to the mountains.

Episode four sees Holden Outerwear explorers, Fredi Kalbermatten, Silvano Zeiter and Gray Thompson catch up with old friends and new at the legendary Sudden Rush Banked Slalom. Here is an event where the format is clearly placed on good vibes over gold medals. The latest episode takes a step away from the big mountain freeriding of the previous three instalments and, instead, shows how events like the Sudden Rush can bring an entire community together,  both on and off the mountain. We even get to see Fredi K’s other talent in life – spinning records behind the decks at the after-party.

“Events like the Sudden Rush can bring an entire community together,  both on and off the mountain”

We’ve been loving the Glacier Express series. Every episode showcases a different side to the culture, mountains and atmosphere of legendary Swiss resorts. After the Laax, the three amigos jump back aboard the train, and onto their final destination for the trip – St Moritz.

Photo – Silvano Zeiter

Travelling from Zermatt to St. Moritz on the world’s most scenic railway, the Glacier Express, the film follows the trio as they explore pristine valleys, towering peaks and the fabled Swiss mountain towns in their new five-part series.

The Glacier Express train has been in service since 1930. It passes over 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and 281-kilometres as it journeys through the heart of the Swiss Alps. The route was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008 for its engineering, architecture, and unity with the landscape. For ardent explorers and casual vacationers alike, this incredible journey has something for everyone.

“The route was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008 for its engineering, architecture, and unity with the landscape”

Like every Swiss local, Fredi’s usual mode of transport is by train. Last season, he finally had the chance to ride the lines he’d been scoping from the window on all those journeys:

“I always wanted to go explore the area. For many years, my winter travel schedule was too busy to allow such a trip. But now I am a father, and I like to stay a bit closer to home when I can. Switzerland has so much to offer, I could explore it forever. The Glacier Express stops at really cool resorts, so we made a pitch to Swiss Tourism and they were really down with the idea of it.”

Click here for a full behind the scenes interview on the making of the Glacier Express with Fredi Kalbermatten.

If you missed them, you can catch Episode 1 here, then Episode 2 here and Episode 3 here.

Stay tuned for Episode 5 of the Glacier Express, dropping next week.

Photo – Silvano Zeiter
Photo – Silvano Zeiter

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