16/12/2013 | by Mike Brindley
70 cm fresh pow created a winter wonderland at the 28th KTO and provided outstanding conditions for the season opening. Bluebird powder days, great snowboarding, heaps of side events, wild parites and an overwhelming communal spirit – the Kaunertal Opening is one of its kind and is still one of the best snowpark openings in Europe.
The KTO 2013 started off with an onset of winter including everything snow lovers can ask for. Over night, 70 to 90 centimeters of fresh powder created a winter wonderland at the Kaunertal Glacier. Nature meant it a little too well, though. On Friday, due to the heavy snowfalls the snowboard action had to be moved from the glacier to the valley. A creative and fun alternative program was offered in Feichten, filled with creative street style setups and backyard jumps, a snowboard museum with snowboards of three decades, the Blue Tomato Mini Skate Ramp and the go-shred BBQ and Monster DJ Sound.
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On Saturday the doors of the Kaunertal Glacier opened for thousands of visitors. A highlight of the Opening was the new Blue Tomato Testival with 65 brands offering their latest clothing and riding gear to test for free. DJ Badspin played some smooth and chill beats. Another highlight of the opening was the freeski and snowboard contest. The Schneestern crew did their magic and built a perfect park setup within the shortest time frame. 30 freeskiers and snowboarder battled for wildcards for the pro contest on Sunday. The level of riding was really high. Thomas Wolf was the strongest male snowboarder. The pro contest on Sunday saw a mix of national and international riders. The prize money this year was 10.500 USD.￼￼ ￼The first hattrick in the history of the KTO went to Eric Beauchemin. He has won the pro contest three years in a row. Follow-ups were Ryan Hryckiewicz and Austrian Peter Walchhofer. The Monster Rail Session presented by downdays.eu & Snowboarder MBM “brought the back from summer riding to a higher level” (whatever that means) and brought out some fine jibbing. With his remarkable style, Stefan Langgaster won the Snowboard Rail Session.
At the end of both Friday and Saturday, it was all about the legendary tent parties in Feichten. On Friday night the snow addicted crowd went wild to the beats of VZI Live Looping (AUT), London Guns DJs (UK) and DJ David Suivez (CH). Several movie premieres brought the stoke even higher. The crew from Atomique p.tha & Con Live got the party started on Saturday. Follow up were the Discodogs who provided “escalation royal”! Wax Wreckaz concluded the music festival at the KTO in their well-known explosive mix. Video premieres from snowboard movie production companies like Legs of steele and the Priates set accents on Saturday and got the crowd stoked on riding. This was KTO 2013! A great snowpark weekend with friends.