Jacko is hanging out with the shredders at Piotta Switzerland
In Jackson's words, here is the story... So the Van is dead and we are stuck in this town called Piotta in Switzerland, hanging out at the hotel awaiting a call from the mechanic to let us know we are good to roll.
The town of Piotta. Photo by Simone Posavec
This town is fairly small, not much to do and we found ourselves just hanging out at the hotel waiting. From the window of our room I look up to the amazing mountains and notice a road winding up the hill, so I did what any skater would do and got on google maps to check out the situation. Turns out there is a long winding road that leads up the side of the valley, and whats more, there's a tram that goes right to the top! So while everyone was farting around playing internet party, I decided to grab my board and make the most of my time here. I skated over to the area the map said there was a road and managed to find the tram/train/cable car/funicular (call it what you want) . Off like a roller coaster to the top of the hill, stoked!
Maximum gradient of the Ritom cable car is 87.8 percent. Photo by Philip Nijman
The tram is actually the steepest of it's kind in Europe, so it felt pretty cool to be on it and take in the amazing view of the valley and surrounding mountains on the way up. According to the map, I had to roll down about a kilometre or so on some smaller road to get to the actual road I wanted to skate. I jumped on my board and went round the first bend only to be greeted with rough as hell bumpy pavement on a road wide enough for only one car that was super steep. To top it off, there were cattle grates every 50 meters or so! I decided it was too hectic to skate down because sliding for safety was just out of the question, so I sat on my board and hammered down the long road, toasting my shoes and slightly jumping over the small cattle grates. It was an experience indeed... After about 10 mins of hectic buttboarding, I emerged back onto the main road at the top of the run, and was greeted with some nice smooth pavement. What a relief...
Ticino road. Photo by Andre Jenny
The road itself was pretty cool, it was steep with sharp hairpin turns and some of the straighter sections between corners had some nice sweeping turns, not to forget the amazing view I had while going down! It certainly did not look this long from the hotel window, it took me nearly 10 minutes to skate down from the top! By the time I got back to the hotel everyone was still sitting around playing on their computers... Thank god I got out and enjoyed the fresh Swiss mountain air! Swiss mountain air is helping the moustache grow. Photo by a small man in lederhosen.