29/09/2011 | by Uli Köhler
We are all for the parks up at Kitzsteinhorn, they are really great. So this press release describing the stuff you can expect this year from all four (FOUR!) parks is a pleasant read for all those who are not afraid of a snow park.
Let’s take 4 individual snowparks of which 3 are located at perfect sloping sites and as topping a railgarden inmidst the city of Kaprun. Add Austria’s biggest Superpipe and a massive freeride offer with the true born XXL label and you will admit that the Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn at the heart of the Alps leaves no wishes unheard for freestylers. Thanks to an altitude of nearly 3,000m above sea level, you can enjoy freestyle fun par excellence for up to 8 months a year. This season, shredheads can look forward to heaps of innovations concerning the setup as well as new earth forms, further optimizing the already supreme parkdesign.
The first fresh snow covering the glacier in early fall is the starting signal for construction works to begin in the Glacier Park. Like all 4 areas on the Kitzsteinhorn, the Glacier Park stands for constant quality! On 2,900m above sea level, large quantities of natural snow guarantee nicely shaped kickers, about 30 newly adjusted obstacles as well as a total of 4 lines to be rode as early as in fall. On a total area of 250 x 100 meters the park offers freestyle pleasure at its best for beginners and intermediates, from the middle of October until December; thereafter the action continues in the Easy Park and the Central Park located further below.
Hence, until the end of April the Kitzsteinhorn comprises one of the largest freestyle playgrounds of the Alps and also this year it’s going to make the hearts of snowboard and freeski fans beat faster. Apart from a huge range of rails and boxes of all sizes and shapes, snowpark beginners and intermediates can rage themselves out on the finely adjusted kicker line, whose range and diameter have been further optimized by means of brand-new terrain forms. The rail area and the jumps for beginners have been extended as well. The Central Park on the other hand, isn’t for the faint of heart. Beside countless rails and kickers with a medium level of difficulty, the mighty Pro Kicker with an 18-meter table as well as a huge A-Frame Box, a 14m Down Flat Down Box and a tremendous corner await freestyle specialists with a healthy share of courage. In the Central Park the jumps and the park exit have been extended by further terrain adjustments as well.
Directly next to it you’ll find the absolute highlight of the Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn: Austria’s largest and doubtlessly best Superpipe with a total length of 135 meters! Last season it was massively popular among both locals and international pros and proved to be a favourite backdrop for international ski and snowboard film productions and photo shoots. This season you can expect the Superpipe to be freshly shaped from the end of November on!
Those of you, who simply can’t get enough action and just want to keep on shredding, can end the day on the mountain in the Railgarden Lechnerberg, located right at the center of Kaprun. Here you can shred different rails and boxes, such as the Jibfunbox, a 12m Longtube or a Hightank ‘till you drop.
Apart from the snowparks the extensive Freeride XXL area with five marked routes is a further highlight for powder freaks. The Freeride Info Base at the Alpincenter provides all the service powder lovers desire with detailed information on avalanche risk, weather forecasts and snow levels, as well as secure routes through the backcountry.
So, if you don’t want to miss Austria’s best Superpipe, backcountry at its finest and exquisite freestyle flair on the Kitzsteinhorn, drop by and raise some dust – you’re in for a day on the mountain you won’t forget!