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Werni Stock, Zugspitze

Photograph By Lorenz Holder

The Zugspitze played an important role in pushing snowboarding in Europe by hosting the GAP 1328 Summer Camp from 1998 to 2005 (GAP being the abbreviation for Garmisch-Partenkirchen and 1328 being the founding year of Augustiner beer.) Offering one of the best halfpipes and terrain parks back then, as well as legendary parties, it drew local Munich legends like David Benedek and Nicola Thost (snowboarding's first Olympic gold medalist), as well as young up-and-coming international riders like Eero Ettala.