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Freeriding in Austria

High-end ski and snowboard training camps that are run by Austrian snow experts and legends, plus the best resorts for freeriding in Austria.

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CARINTHIA

Grossglockner / Heiligenblut

The deep powder skier will love the Grossglockner / Heiligenblut ski area. Located above the tree line, this area features several specially marked slopes and checkpoint panels inform about the current avalanche situation. For further safety, there are avalanche training courses and guided freeriding tours throughout winter.
More information: www.gross-glockner.at

Sportberg Goldeck
Probably the most unique in all Carinthia – a freeride area over 50 ha, without a laborious incline.
More information: www.sportberg-goldeck.at

UPPER AUSTRIA

JoSchi Racing Camps Hochkar
How do you get from being a talented skier to a professional racer? With JoSchi Racing Camps, powered by Snowsports Academy. This year round training camp will teach you top techniques, endurance training, mental training, physical therapy and sports medical care. There are no age limits, but an intermediate skiing ability is a must.
More information: www.skiracing.at
 
Krippenstein
There are more than 30 km of freeride variants and powder routes, plus a full 1500 m of altitude difference for you in Krippenstein. Its reputation of being the ultimate in off-piste pleasure on the Dachstein plateau has become recognised beyond the borders of  the Salzkammergut, bringing freeriders and powder snow fans from all over the world.
More information: www.dachstein-salzkammergut.com

SALZBURGERLAND

Gasteinertal
Sportgastein spans almost 2700 vertical meters, offering perfect off-piste opportunities set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Hohe Tauern mountains. The very latest information and safety alerts for the 3 ski routes guarantee guests maximum freeride fun, with the additional use of the Freeride Info Base.
More information: www.skigastein.com
 
Kaprun / Kitzsteinhorn
Finest powder, blue skies and pleasant tranquillity. A fantastic environment awaits you on the Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun. However, safety always comes first. Thus you will find an info point for freeriders at the start of each route. It offers information on the hillside’s condition and any dangerous areas, plus tips on skiing safely and ideal routes.
More information: www.zellamsee-kaprun.com

Zauchensee
You will not just find challenging pistes in Zauchensee, but also a great introduction to off-piste skiing. There is a multitude of places where you can try out the powder within a safe distance of the piste. For freeride and powder fans with a bit more experience, there are marked non-pisted ski routes. The real pros take on the Schwarzwand with its drops, moguls, tree sections and cliff jumps.
More information:  www.altenmarkt-zauchensee.at


Freeride Experience Zell am See
On the three-day Freeride Experience in the heart of SalzburgerLand, state-certified guides give you a feel for freeriding.
More information: www.freeride-experience.at


STYRIA

Ramsau
Enjoy powder skiing at its best in the Dachstein glacier ski area. There are countless ski mountaineering tours, steep downhills, ski routes and freerides from and to the Dachstein plateau. The most spectacular freeriding run is the Edelgrieß, quite a challenge for even experienced mountaineers. In order to wedel down this south-faced slope to Ramsau, it is necessary to be an experienced alpinist and skier. Then you can appreciate great powder skiing with a fabulous mountain backdrop, a slope gradient of up to 45 degrees and 1600 m difference in altitude. In between the steep rocks and limestone walls, there are cirques, gorges and firn slopes. This spectacular freeride is 8 km long!
More information: www.ramsau.com

TIROL
 
Freeride Center Sölden
For those who would like to learn freeriding, there are courses from beginner to expert at the Freeride Center Sölden.
More information: www.freeride-center.at 

Snow & Alpine Awareness Camps
SAAC basic camps are free 2-day camps that provide background information and tips on how to stay safe when going off piste. Camps start in the afternoon with a three hour theory block. On the second day, you form small groups and go off-piste with certified ski and mountain guides from the area. Also free of charge are avalanche transceivers, shovels and detectors. To participate, you must be a skier or snowboarder, at least 14 years of age, with intermediate abilities when skiing of piste. Please make sure that you register early enough as places are limited.
More information: www.saac.at

International Racing Camps Hintertux
Another successful training camp was founded in 1982 by Erich Stürmer. The International Racing Camps give young and talented ski racers the possibility to achieve their dreams and goals. At the 3.250m Hintertux Glacier you’ll enjoy race-orientated, individual snow training in the morning and individualised fitness programmes in the afternoon.
More information: www.sturm-racing.com 
 
Austria Racing Camps Hintertux
The Austria Racing Camps at the Hintertux Glacier offer professional ski and ski race training. The length of the courses varies and can be booked individually, with one-on-one courses available all year round.
More information: www.austriaracingcamps.com
 
Andre Arnold Ski Racing Camp Sölden
These camps are for children, 8 years and older. The Ötztaler glacier area (Rettenbach- and Tiefenbachferner) is Austria’s biggest all year round ski area, and one of the favorite training camps for its successful national ski teams. The four-time ski world champion Andre Arnold has developed different training programmes for all abilities, which include: ski technique, sport skiing, carving technique, timed runs, ÖSV-WISBI race and video analyses.
More information: www.racingcamp.at

VORARLBERG
 
Ski Ride Vorarlberg
With the Ski Ride Vorarlberg package skiers can now explore Vorarlberg within one week, skiing open terrain from north to south. In a small group, participants master a fresh challenge every day, with a group bus and hotel-to-hotel transport.
www.vorarlberg.travel/skiride

Kleinwalsertal
The Kleinwalsertal is a real top tip for those in search of a freeride Eldorado. In winter, the valley is a unique white playground with plenty of opportunities to explore on skis or a board.
More information: www.kleinwalsertal.com

Silvretta Montafon
Welcome to the Montafon freeriding arena: skiing and snowboarding in unrestricted areas. Montafon’s varied freeride hotspots count among the best and most beautiful in Vorarlberg and in Austria as a whole.
More information: www.montafon.at