23/10/2012 | by Tom Copsey
Winter is here! With the opening of the Glacier Park on Saturday, October 20, 2012, Kitzsteinhorn kicks off the 2012/13 freestyle season. Shortly afterwards, the first of many event highlights of this winter will follow: on November 11, 2012, the Nitro & Volcom Season Warm-up Session will be held. A fortnight later, the Cappuccino Club exhibition and “Sprungbrett“ talent session with Nicola Thost will provide the next action-packed weekend.
At the opening, the Glacier Park (2,900 metres) presents 2 jib lines with flat-down industry, flat rail, flat-down rail, single bar down rail and banana rail as well as a kicker line with 6-metre down riffle, 7-metre kicker and 9-metre wave box. The Easy Line offers flat box, rainbow box and mini kicker. In the course of the next weeks, the Glacier Park will be extended; you can find the current set-up at www.snowpark.kitzsteinhorn.at.
Shortly after the opening of the park, Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn kicks off with the first events. It all starts with the Nitro & Volcom Season Warm-up Session in the Glacier Park on November 11, 2012. At this open session for anyone, snowboarders can ride with Nitro and Volcom pros and take some tips for shredding the rails and boxes. At the Test & Chill Area, you can test the latest hardware by Nitro Snowboards.
The next event is Sprungbrett on November 25, 2012, a talent contest for snowboard kids from age 6 to 15, with Olympic Snowboarding Champion Nicola Thost (GER) and other pro snowboarders as well as photographers and cameramen. The Kitzsteinhorn event is the kick-off to a five-stop tour. Participation is limited to 20 riders.
At the same weekend, Kitzsteinhorn provides another highlight: the exhibition of the Cappuccino Club at the Alpincenter. Each year, the snowboarding crew produces a charity calendar – a unique blend of sport aesthetics and art. At the exhibition from November 24 to the middle of December 2012, the 12 pages of the calendar are shown in art prints. These are, just like the calendar, up for sale. All proceeds benefit charity projects.
Further events at Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn wait in December: Elooa Snowboardcamp (December 07–09, 2012), Marc Swoboda Ride With Me! (December 08, 2012) and Youngblood Freeski Camp (December 14–16, 2012). As soon as there is enough snow, the freestyle action on the Kitzsteinhorn will then relocate some 400 metres further down to Easy Park, Central Park and super-pipe. They will be gradually opened from December on and are all located near the Sonnenkarbahn. The parks are characterized by long, creative lines and high kickers. For this season, the beginners’ areas will be once again expanded. The highlight of Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn is Austria’s biggest super-pipe (160 m long, 6.30 m high), which is again taken care by “Pipe master” Ali Zehentner.
Saturdays only 10 euros for children and adolescents: The Power of Zehn!
This winter, children and youths (born 1994 to 2006) only pay 10 euros for the day ski pass every Saturday from November 24, 2012, to April 27, 2013. For further information, please visit www.kitzsteinhorn.at and www.snowpark.kitzsteinhorn.at
• NEW: Nitro Snowboards and Volcom Snowboarding as main partners
• 3 world class snow parks located between 2,500 and 2,900 m altitude
• Glacier Park on the glacier open from autumn
• During winter: Easy Park for beginners and Central Park for advanced learners & pros
• Austria’s biggest super-pipe
• Railgarden Lechnerberg in the centre of Kaprun
Glacier Park (Setup as of October 20, 2012, subject to alterations)
Flat Box 6 m, Rainbow Box 4 m, Mini Kicker 2 m
Jib Line A
Flat-Down Industry, Flat Rail 6 m, Flat-Down Rail 3 m – 6m
Jib Line B
Flat-Down Industry, Single Bar Down Rail 9 m, Banana Rail 7 m
Down Riffle 6 m, Easy/Medium Kicker 7 m, Wave Box 9 m
Easy Park (3 Lines, subject to alterations)
Upper Jib Line
Lower Jib Line
Easy Kicker Line
Central Park (3 Lines, subject to alterations)
3 jib features and 2 kickers (appr. 8 m and 14 m)
2 jib features and 2 kickers (appr. 18 m and 20 m)
Creative line all across the park, with special features (A-frame box, wall ride & snow obstacles)
Step-up special feature, 2 kickers (appr. 7 m and 13 m)
Rails, tubes, wall ride and multi obstacle (down rail, straight rail, down tube & more)
4 different boxes (straight, down, wave)
3 easy kickers (appr. 2 m, 4 m and 6 m)