The Glacier

Freeride XXL

Monday, 24.10.2016

During the day

For your own safety
Safety first

The marked freeride routes on the Kitzsteinhorn are not prepared and not controlled. Before you run: always look for information at the Freeride Info Base at the Alpincenter! Here you can find out which routes are currently open and which are closed. The slopes beyond the routes are open areas, only entered at your own risk and, for which, no responsibility is taken by the lift company.

Download all important information about Freeride XXL on Kitzsteinhorn.

Alpine Risks

Whilst enjoying the beauty of freeriding, one must never forget alpine dangers in open terrain. Use your own sense of responsibility:

  • You are in uncertain terrain once you are off-piste. Be aware of avalanche danger!
  • Here you can find the current avalanche danger
  • Inform yourself beforehand about the weather, terrain and snow conditions. Don´t put yourself at risk through snow drifts, weather change, loss of orientation or an unsure snow cover.
  • Never ski off-piste without your safety equipment! The basic equipment for a freerider is a rucksack, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe and helmet. Be sure to check it over thoroughly before going skiing.
  • A prerequisite for a great freeriding experience is your skiing ability. Only go into off-piste terrain if you are fit and technically able to ski it.
  • Gain experience and reduce any risk by skiing with a freeride guide. Mountain guides and ski guides have the knowledge to protect you from danger.
  • Know your own limits.
Volker Hölzl

Volker Hölzl

The Freeride Experience

“Skiers and snowboarders who are “out of practice” should avoid unsure terrain as the risks are just too great. A “no risk, no fun” mentality is in the wrong place here. Someone who doesn´t have control over his/her skis or board is not going to have the anticipated fun, and more importantly, can endanger the lives of him/herself and others. Those who wish to go freeriding should at least be able to do a parallel turn on a black run. Otherwise they should not attempt to ride deep snow terrain as their hoped for enjoyment will turn in to sheer agony.

Whoever, nevertheless, wishes to try the powder must respect all safety measures. Apart from the necessary skiing technique, one needs the right safety equipment and knowledge of local alpine terrain, weather and snow conditions. Basic safety equipment for freeriding off-piste is a rucksack with avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe and first aid kit. This goes without saying. Safety equipment alone however is not enough without intensive preparation and research of a new skiing area such as the Kitzsteinhorn. One should also speak with locals and ask about conditions at the present moment before putting one´s skis on. If one doesn´t know the area it is impossible to assess the situation even if weather and avalanche conditions seem good. It is, of course, best to take a guide who can evaluate the actual situation.”

Thomas Krauss

Thomas Kraus

state-certified ski instructor & guide and Dipl. Sport teacher

“One should never ride open terrain without first getting information from local and regional avalanche warning centres and then taking your safety equipment such as rucksack, shovel, probe and LVS receiver with you. Mountain guides, state certified ski instructors and guides have the right training to bring beginners closer to the enjoyment of freeriding…especially the guides on the Kitzsteinhorn, who have knowledge of the area, weather, snow conditions and years of experience. They can therefore best evaluate risks and know the best routes. Daily consultation about conditions should also be held between the Kitzsteinhorn piste team and freeriders and their guides.”