Kitzsteinhorn: World-Class Riders Shred the Superpipe!

Courtesy of Geri Ring

Perfect conditions at Superpipe and Glacier Park • Superpipe open for all riders from December 4th, 2019 • Grand opening of 3K K-onnection on November 30th, 2019!

The Superpipe Trainingsweeks at Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria, are in full swing–and the international halfpipe stars have been practicing in perfect conditions since the beginning of November! Many of the world’s best freestyle skiers and snowboarders from Europe, Asia, Australia and North America are working on their runs for the World Cup season until December 1st, 2019. From December 4th, 2019, the Superpipe will be open for all riders, amateurs and pros alike! Currently, they already enjoy the kickers and rails of the Glacier Park, which also offers excellent conditions. From the upcoming weekend on, the Glacier Park and the Superpipe will be even easier to reach: The 3K K-onnection opens on November 30th, 2019 and connects the centre of Kaprun directly with the Kitzsteinhorn via the Maiskogel family mountain!

Superpipe: Great Conditions!
Prime snow conditions and plenty of sunshine: in the superpipe at Kitzsteinhorn, the international halfpipe top stars on snowboard and skis find the ideal setting to prepare themselves for the winter season. Teams from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Spain and the Netherlands, from Japan and China as well as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA have gathered at Kitzsteinhorn to practice their tricks in the perfectly formed superpipe. Alli Zehetner, who also built the halfpipe for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and his crew have shaped a 150-metre long and 6.5-metre high pipe that is as safe as it allows the riders to do huge jumps.

Snowboarders at the Superpipe Trainingsweeks include Olympic bronze medallist Scotty James (AUS), Junior World Champion Toby Miller (USA), 2019 World Champion, Yūto Totsuka (JPN), and 2015 World Champion, Zhang Yiwei (CHN). Among the female snowboarders is the third in the 2019 World Championships, Maddie Mastro (USA), the silver medallist of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Liu Jiayu (CHN), the two-time World Champion Cai Xuetong (CHN), the second in 2017, Haruna Matsumoto (JPN), and the two-time second in the World Championships, Queralt Castellet (ESP). The most famous name among the freeskiers is double Olympic champion David Wise (USA).

Glacier Park: Loads of Action at the “Skatepark of Snow”!
Since the beginning of October 2019 and until January 2020, freeskiers and snowboarders can rip the creative set-up of the Glacier Park on the glacier plateau. Kicker Line, Easy Line and Jib Line are ideal for refining your skills or just having fun! Head shaper Martin Liebmann and his experienced team vouch for the world-class quality of the “Skatepark of Snow” and are already planning a second snow park: The Easy Park will open in December. Central Park will follow in January, South Central Park in February 2020. Additionally, the new Maisi Park at Maiskogel will complement the extensive offer in Kaprun from December 2019 with a Rail Line and a Fun Line, which will serve young riders as perfect preparation for the larger snow parks at Kitzsteinhorn.

K-ONNECTED: Kaprun – Maiskogel – Kitzsteinhorn
On November 30th, 2019, the time has finally come when the 3K K-onnection, Salzburg’s first tri-cable gondola and the heart of the K-ONNECTION, opens. From then on, the centre of Kaprun, the Maiskogel Family Mountain and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski area with its 100-percent snow guarantee will be linked to form a single unit. From the 2019/20 winter season, Kaprun will be offering ski-in-ski-out to and from the glacier for the first time. The superlative 12-kilometre-long cable car line opens up unique panoramic views of Austria’s highest peaks and, with 2,261 metres, overcomes the highest difference in altitude in the Eastern Alps. In addition, two EXPLORER gondolas offer a winter discovery tour of a special kind. At the opening, the new cable car connection will be staged with spectacular illumination.

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