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Snowboarding in Bavaria

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Alex Tank, Oberstdorf

Photograph By Lorenz Holder

The end of GAP camp was a rough blow to the local scene, especially because it meant the loss of Germany's only halfpipe, which sent riders into exile in Innsbruck, Austria. But two years ago PipeAid, a non-profit started by snowboarders, managed to bring a pipe back to Germany. It is now located at Nebelhorn, Oberstdorf, roughly two hours from Munich, where there's also a respectable street snowboarding scene. It's no surprise that Alex Tank, one of Germany's best jib kids, grew up there.