Thanks to a modest dose of early-season snow, Austrian glacier resorts have enough white stuff on the ground to start their fall operations. Among them is Kitzsteinhorn, the only glacier resort in the Salzburg region, where the season started on October 7, 2022 and the beloved Glacier Park opened just a day later.
Glacier Park kicks the action off
From October 8, 2022, the first elements will be ready at the Glacier Park on the glacier plateau, which will be continuously supplemented with more obstacles and lines depending on snow conditions. Updates on this will be available on the social media channels of the Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn — give them a follow on Instagram to stay informed! Freestyle snowboarders and freeskiers will then be able to get their kicks at the creative set-up of the Glacier Park until around January 2023. The varied obstacles of the Easy Kicker Line, Medium Kicker Line and Jib Lines are perfect for practicing new tricks or refining existing skills. The “skatepark made of snow” is maintained by the experienced team around head shaper Wolfgang Hilberger, who is also responsible for the world-class quality of the other snowparks on the Kitzsteinhorn.
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Top stars at the Kitzsteinhorn Superpipe
A few weeks after Glacier Park, the mighty Kitzsteinhorn Superpipe will also be ready – however, it will first be reserved for the top international stars who will prepare for the winter season here at the Superpipe Training Weeks from October 31 to December 4, 2022. Last year, the renowned training session saw future snowboard halfpipe medallists Ayumu Hirano (JPN), Scotty James (AUS), Jan Scherrer (SUI), Queralt Castellet (ESP), and Sena Tomita (JPN), among others, fine-tune their skills for the 2022 Winter Olympics — as did the halfpipe freeski podium of Nico Porteous (NZL), David Wise (USA), and Alex Ferreira (USA). Ali Zehetner, one of the world’s best-known halfpipe shapers, is responsible for the construction of the 150-meter-long and 6.50-meter-high Kitzsteinhorn Superpipe. In December, the facility will then open to the public.
The Kitz pipe is a favorite for superstars like Alex Ferreira.
More snow parks to follow
From December on, other snow parks at the “Kitz” will also go into operation. They attract riders with a varied offer and are among the best in the world thanks to their perfectly shaped set-ups. In the Easy Park, the first obstacles await all snowboarders and freeskiers from around December. From presumably January, the next playground for tricks and jibs opens with the Central Park. And when South Central Park is added in February, up to 20 obstacles can be ridden in a row in one run!