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Fun parks for snowboarders and free-skiers
The best practice conditions await advanced level freestylers in particular in the Kitzbüheler Alpen. “Boarders Playground“ at the Gampenkogel lift for instance offers a half-pipe and funpark including obstacles which are very diverse in the “Public Park” and in the more challenging “Pro Park”. “Big Mama” is here too. Winter after winter‚ Boarders Playground’ also provides new obstacles for even more fun and competition on your boards, which mean the world. No wonder than that snow-parks.com park, which is situated at 1300 metres, was awarded the “XL Park” seal of approval for the third time in a row. In the Boarders playground snowboarders and free-skiers ‘jump’ and ‘jibb’ too – or, as Gogo Gossner says: ‘They get trashed together.’ New to the Kitzbüheler Alpen is Snowpark Kitzbühel South, on Hanglalm. The park was designed by the experienced Qparks team, who were also responsible for creating the well-known Snowpark on the Kitzbüheler Horn. The set-up comprises, in addition to a 3er-kickerline with megakickers, two tree-Jibs and two picnic tables. Ten boxes, quite a few rails and a chill area complete the park, which has already been very well received by the scene in the first year.
Skiing and lifting off in the biggest ski association in the Tirol
Indeed the wide pistes and the untracked terrain away from the hip snowboarder area invite you to carve, jump and snow surf. When all is said and done the Kitzbüheler Alpen are the biggest ski association in the Tirol. With 1081 kilometres of pistes, 359 lift facilities and 262 ski lodges you are spoilt for choice. There is not one winter sport which isn’t practised here. As well as snowboarding, free-skiing and free-riding, there is also carving and mogul slope runs. As well as touring, telemark and cross-country skiing. And the paragliders start on the Alpenrose in Westendorf. Tip: you can get airborne on a tandem flight here, with a very well qualified tandem pilot.
Real time-out after a ski run
The Kitzbüheler Alpen provide lots of après-ski opportunities too. Parties in Londoner and Take Five in Kitzbühel don’t just have cult status in Munich. In the neighbouring areas it is predominantly the young guests who know how to turn night into day. The most intense night-life in the region takes place in the twelve bars, clubs, pubs and in the Eisbar in Kirchberg. There is real Après ski on offer in Westendorf where it ends in the centre of the town. ‘It is little wonder that the scene feels so good in the Kitzbüheler Alpen’, acknowledges Gogo Gossner. ‘You don’t just find cool pistes here, the other activities are just the ticket too’ he continues, of course in reference to the relaxed atmosphere, the good price—performance ratio and the convenient location. Since it is hip here, which is something which the free-ride scene loves, yet the region is also charmingly magical with its typical Tirol hospitality and cosiness, and with the impressive Kitzbüheler Alpen and charming natural surroundings. The contrast between loud and quiet is characteristic in this valley as it is on no other, as thrilling and exciting as Brixental, yet where it is not just highly prized by the fun sport scene, but also by those who like to prefer secluded ski runs across the extensive deep snow slopes in the fun parks.