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A winter with the Shape Academy
Shred-sessions, crew-life and job-perspectives: you can have it all!
13.05.2019

They are the first ones up on the mountain, equipped with shape tools and shovels, facing the elements, chasing one mission: creating the ultimate playground for all winter sports enthusiasts. That’s the daily business of the men and women from the Shape Academy – the biggest institution in the field of snow construction both in terms of training and concept creation worldwide. So, if you are eager to spending the winter in the mountains, if you are looking for new adventures and if you’re tough enough for some physical labor, this is your chance!

‘Cause a few shred-days aren’t enough…

Let’s give an example: Lukas is the living proof that it’s possible to combine one’s favorite hobby and one’s job perfectly. He has been a shaper for three years now and has become a valuable member of the QParks Crew. Born in Northern Germany, he first couldn’t imagine gaining a professional foothold in the winter sports business. After all, his time in the mountains was limited to a few days of vacation per year. But then he heard about the Shape Academy. Now, he spends his winter creating sick shred features, shaping kickers and building creative jib-obstacles. And of course, there’s plenty of time to take some laps in the park and pursue his passion: shredding! I’m basically building my own playground!“, Lukas describes his job. “Of course, it’s a lot of work and sometimes it gets really exhausting. But the fact that I can spend the day on the mountain, together with a like-minded crew and knowing, that I can earn money with my favorite hobby, makes up for all the hard times.”

Outdoor office vs. cubicle

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But you don’t necessarily have to be a genuine freestyle enthusiast like Lukas, to become a part of the Shape Academy. After all, there’s a huge spectrum of winter sports facilities like the Funslopes, the Funcross and the structurally challenging Snowcastles, which are built and maintained by the Shape Academy. And sometimes it’s just the calm beauty of the mountains or the fact to have “the most beautiful workplace in the world”, that makes you choose this job, like Sabrina – Project Manager in a Funslope – explains. “I just couldn’t imagine sitting in a cubicle every day. I just wanted to go outside! So, I decided to take a timeout from my old job. Now I spend my days in the outdoor office – and there’s nothing that could possibly match up to that!” While talking about her dream job, she watches the sun set behind the majestic mountains. Yes, that’s part of the shaper life, too!

Big toys for big boys

Even all those, crazy about heavy machinery and technical stuff can find their ideal job at the Shape Academy – namely in the cockpit of a snowcat. The men (and women!) in their PRINOTH snow groomers are the true heroes of the night. They are the ones who push huge amounts of snow and help bring the park in perfect shape. Without them, it would be impossible to build a snowpark for example. “It’s not just required to have an eye for the details, it’s also necessary to bring along some skills and to be willing to learn.” Roland knows what he’s talking about. It’s already his 10th season with the Shape Academy. Since then, a lot has happened for Roli. Now, he’s Head Operator and responsible for the training of the next generation of snowcat operators. Furthermore, he has become Regional Manager and coordinates several projects within the Shape Academy. Therefore, he’s a paramount example that the Shape Academy also provides unique career opportunities in the winter sports business.

If you also want to turn your passion into your profession, join the Shape Academy! For more information and the official online application form, please visit www.shape-academy.com.

More Stuff

So, this is it. The Girls Shred Sessions of winter 2019/20 are over, because on March 7, 2020, the Blue Tomato Girls Day marked the last Girls Shred Session of the season. Read here what happened at the grand final of the girls-only shred sessions which toured through the entire Alps in the last months.   

What happens when the local shred aces come together for a bluebird session? Right on, it’s going to be massive. On Sunday (March 8) the Shred Poker Diedamskopf went down and it was truly a nice day. Awesome weather, a giant special obstacle, highly motivated snowboarders and freeskiers as well as a decent BBQ guaranteed a rad atmosphere at Diedamspark.

Blue Tomato team rider Felix Widnig and freeskier Fabi Oggiano showed you what to do, now it’s your turn! We raffle off a GoPro Hero 8 for your follow line video straight outta Blue Tomato Kings Park Hochkönig! This means: send it at Kings Park and post your video! The Instagram challenge is running until the end of March and is of course open for both freeskiers and snowboarders! Read here how it works!

It´s the comeback of the season: After their last session in winter 2013/14, the girls are back in town! On February 29, the Girls Shred Session is going down at the Snowpark Schöneben.

Upload your best shot from one of our three Shred Poker Sessions to Instagram, tag @qparksfeestyle and @gopro, and use the hashtags #shredpoker and #gopro. With a bit of luck you win a brand-new GoPro Hero 8 Black!

Contest season is already in full swing – so it’s just about time to let finest contest vibes return to Snowpark Kitzbühel!

Winter is moving forward and it’s definitely about time that the Shredqueens hit the Blue Tomato Kings Park in Mühlbach/Hochkönig. Luckily, this day is just around the corner. On March 7, the Kings Park universe spins around two things: ladies and freestyle! Coachings for freeski/snowboard girls and women, tasty snacks, cool photo and film sessions, good vibes and awesome goodies for all participants – we’re already stoked when we think about the Blue Tomato Girls Day Hochkönig! What’s on the program during a Girls Shred Session? Read on and find out!

We can almost call it a Diedamskopf classic already – the Shred Poker Diedamspark! On March 8, 2020, it all comes down to a special obstacle again! Who shows the most creative tricks? The participants can look forward to hard cash and more rad prizes.