KTO turned 25 last weekend

Anna Langer

Photo: Daniel Zangerl

Last weekend, the Kaunertal Opening celebrated its 25th anniversary with more than 10,000 snow fanatics, who pilgrimaged to the Tyrolian glacier to enjoy the first shred, try out new gear and witness some great action during the contest on Saturday.

Although it started with blue skies and bright sunshine on Friday, Oct 15th, the weather gods didn’t seem to know about the special occasion and got a bit careless over the rest of the weekend.

Peter König - photo: Christoph Schöch

The shape crew on the other hand was very careful and got the park into amazing shape, with many new obstacles in the minishred park and two big kickers. The Air2Bag invited all riders to try out new tricks and the rail at the glacier restaurant was the perfect spot for the jibbers to show their skills.

In the big testival area more than 30 companies with about 50 brands were offering everything a snowboarder’s heart could ask for – so all in all once more a successful Opening 2010.

Photo: Christoph Schöch

Getting everyone in the right mood, the Railsession presented by Gloryfy, downdays.eu, Grounded Freestyle already brought some some tasty jibbery to the little set up in front of the glacier restaurant Weisssee. From the US$ 650 prize purse, Daniel Rajcsanyi took a big part thanks to the skills that won him the snowboard category.

Another highlight of the KTO 2010 was without doubt the contest that had USD 7.000,– up for grabs. Throwing FS 720 Rodeos, Switch BS 5s, and BS 180 combos on the rails, it were the Austrians Peter König (Best Man Overall), Sarah Jane Phillips (Best Woman Overall) and Stefan Spiss (Best Rookie), who impressed the most, alongside Thomas Codebella (CH) who earned best line and Patrick Cinca (D) with best trick. But also the amateurs splashed out and Stefan Küberl (A), David Loibl (A) and Christian Kirsch (A) went home with some nicely stuffed goodie bags, just like Stefanie Piron (D) and Janine Barbisch (CH).

Photo: Daniel Zangerl

As usual the partying didn’t fall short in Feichten either and Suisse hip hop formation Liricas Analas, Austrian shooting star Skero, Austrian reggae band Iriepathie and Jeans Team from Berlin as well as DJ Suivez and the Wax Wreckaz ensured the crowd got the right tunes to rock the valley.

For more details check kaunertal-opening.at

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