The fall snowpark on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier in Austria’s Zell am See-Kaprun region has been open for business since October with a setup of over 30 features. Another major highlight is the glacier’s finely sculpted Superpipe. 150 meters long and 6.5 meters high, the Kitz pipe has been taken over by some of the world’s best halfpipe riders for the Superpipe Training Weeks running through December 3. Nearly 100 top international athletes have flocked to Kitzsteinhorn to get their pipe game ready for the coming season, among them Olympic champions Cassie Sharpe of Canada and Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov as well as two-time Olympic gold medalist David Wise of the USA.
The Kitzsteinhorn pipe is shaped by Alli Zehetner, one of the world’s top halfpipe builders, who also built the pipe for the 2018 Olympics. “The snowpark and superpipe have special priority at Kitzsteinhorn,” says Zehetner. “Thanks to my experience at the Olympics, I can now apply additional know-how to the construction of the pipe. Our early offer attracts the international elite to the Kitzsteinhorn already in autumn as they can prepare for the season in time.” Zehetner added that in order to open a full-size pipe so early, his team worked with a large snow depot that was built in May and covered with fleece over the summer. Check out David Wise's video here!!