19/09/2011 | by Tom Copsey
From September 30th to October 2nd 2011, the seventh edition of the Hotzone.tv Hintertux Park Opening will ring in the new season on Austria’s Hintertux glacier!
This year the winter season will be kicked off earlier than ever, to be precise on September 30th at the Hintertux glacier. While rainy summer is dragging on, the Betterpark is already preparing for the first season opening of the winter. Such a perfect set up is something the big guns in snowboarding don’t want to miss out on, and so the likes of Marko Grilc, Seppe Smits, Wolle Nyvelt, Gigi Rüf, Werni Stock and Wojtek Pawlusiak have become regulars at the Hotzone.tv Park Opening Hintertux over the past years. Together with a whole array of side activities, including video world premier and the usual party mayhem, this should convince even the last doubters that the journey to Hintertux is well worth it!
The Hotzone.tv Park Opening Hintertux isn’t the most popular snowboard opening in Europe for no reason. A perfectly shaped Betterpark, long runs down to the Fernerhaus, more than 20 brands offering free test gear, queue free ascents with the high performance Gletscherbus Gondola, a special obstacle right in front of the Fernerhaus, and even a fully shaped super pipe (if snow conditions suffice), guarantee an amazing weekend in the Tuxer valley. Everyone who is already shaped up for battling can try to win some fame and money at the open pro and am contest Hotzone.tv Session of the Dudes. And there are even more bucks to be made at the Cash for Trix session at the special obstacle in front of the Fernerhaus on Sunday.
Of course there’s also the usual variety of side events with DJ NLP from Straubing providing the soundtrack for the test area during the day and the BBQ station catering for all the hungry ones. Later in the afternoon follows the After Shred Session at the glacial parking lot on Saturday, which is all about THE UNBREAKABLE BATTLE presented by gloryfy. What’s to expect from that will not be revealed yet, but there is an Original Bag Jump involved… Apart from that K2 is searching for the new “King of Pop” again in their K2 Pop This! Highest Ollie Tournament.
Sunday calls talented kids under 16 on the glacier for the exclusive Billabong Kids Shoot, with team rider and Zillertaler shred legend Wolle Nyvelt coaching to ensure money shots. Don’t wait too long though, as spots are limited and only for those who pre-register at www.hotzone.tv before the event and have the form signed by their parents with them on the hill. And who knows, one participant even bagged a 1-year sponsorship with Billabong from this last year – which could well happen again this year.
The party mayhem is inaugurated by the SHRED Warm Up Party in the Kleine Tenne in Tux on Friday, with Wax Wreckaz’s DJ BUSY FINGAZ making those dancing shoes move. The big Opening Night on Saturday is presented by Australian board and lifestyle brand RHYTHM and will go down in the Hohenhaus Tenne in Hintertux. Next to finest tunes by the WAX WRECKAZ DJ KOLLEKTIV (Innsbruck) and the DJ duo SMITH UND SMART (Berlin) you can also look forward to the world premier of the latest snowboard movie by Argon Films, EUPHORIA.
Based on the massive onslaught in the past years, we strongly recommend to reserve party tickets beforehand on www.hotzone.tv, buy them in one of the three hotzone subsidiaries (Gerlos, Mayrhofen, Schwaz) or the insider Shop in Tux, or get them from the test area at the Fernerhaus. Please bring your ID as there is no entrance under 16 years!
And another little hint: look for accommodation in Tux, check www.tux.at for availabilities.
For more info and all the details go to www.hotzone.tv – if summer is weak, winter is going to be even stronger!