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Europe Snowparks - Rome Park Schmitten, Zel am See

16:54 4th January 2011 by Onboard Snowboarding
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Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 119, January 2011

Our search for the best shred spots in Europe continued as we visited the Rome Park in Zell am see. And despite the fact that the park is quite young (less than two years old) the dedicated crew have managed to create a little shredorado just a few hundred meters above the world-famous resort town.

Stefan Trenkwalder on the Jib Line

Stefan Trenkwalder on the Jib Line, Photo: Danny Burrows

QUICK FACTS

The park’s focus is defi nitely on its many jib features, most of which can be linked into one long park lap. The kickers and the corner are small to medium-sized but always shaped to perfection. This allows for countless hours of fun and a smooth progression of your riding.

ROME PARK SCHMITTENHÖHE

The park was only established in early 2009, but it already has a crew of devoted locals. The dedicated on-hill team and their great shaping abilities aside, this is also due to its affi liation with and support from the infamous La Resistance snowboard shop in town. The park itself consists mainly of jib obstacles and a few small to medium sized kickers. It stretches over the entire length of the Hahnkopf T-bar lift, which is great for doing quick park laps. The small corner is good fun, too.

When we visited the Schmittenhöhe resort it had dumped a good 30 cm overnight, and the crew kept ogling the face of the Maurerkogel above the park, which apparently boasts top backcountry lines. Equally tempting is the Kettingalm chalet at the foot of the park, which offers great food and some reasonably priced accommodation.

RESORT

Schmittenhöhe (939-1,949m)
26 lifts, 77km slopes
1 snowpark (Rome Park Schmittenhöhe)

 

Rome Park

PARK SET-UP

KICKER

Kicker (5m table)
2 x funbox (6m table)
2 x funbox (4m table)
Corner (20m)
Kicker (10m table)
Kicker (14m table)

RAILS/BOXES

Stair setup
12m down-fl at-down rail
6m handrail
8m kink box
Down box
5m rainbow box
8m A-frame
C-box
6m butter box
Picnic tables
Jib barrel

Simon Pircher, Robert Ahm

Simon Pircher, Robert Ahm, Photo: Danny Burrows

GETTING THERE

CAR

From Vienna: Vienna B 227 – A1 – St. Pölten – Salzburg A 1/E 55 – Reichenhall A 8 – Steinpass B 312 – Unken – Zell am See B 311

From Munich: Munich A8 – Interchange Inntal A8 – Traunstein B 306 – Exit Siegsdorf – Steinpass B 312 – Unken – Zell am See B 311

TRAIN

From Vienna: Vienna – Linz – Salzburg – Bischofshofen – Zell am See

From Munich: Rosenheim – Wörgl – Kitzbühel – Zell am See

PLANE

Closest airports are Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck

WEBSITES

www.schmitten.at
www.kettingalm.at
www.la-resistance.at