Freedom and adventure on the Kaunertal Glacier
Who knows the feeling? It’s a perfect winter day: bright sunshine and bluebird. You’re one of the first to reach the summit of a powder-coated mountain. Peering over the edge you’re treated to an incredible panorama, and the first view of your line. You feel the perfect consistency of the snow and drop in – into adventure, and untouched powder.
It’s hard to believe, but the Kaunertal Glacier is still something of a secret spot for freeriding! To keep your adventure memorable for the right reasons, remember safety first! Skiing and riding off-piste requires experience, caution, and taking responsibility for your actions.
Freeride concept ‘Check your line’
The Kaunertal Glacier lift company and the Risk & Fun backcountry safety organisation have jointly developed a freeride program to inform skiers and snowboarders about the dangers of riding off-piste. For example, information boards have been installed on the Weißseejoch backcountry routes to direct freeriders safely from the lift down through a 682-meter run in unglaciated terrain.
Workshop with risk'n'fun
Every year in January we hold a multiday training course with the coaches and mountain guides from Risk’n’Fun on the glacier. Participants on the course work towards their Level01, developing individual freeride strategies, including methods to help in decision-making when riding off-piste.Events
Freeride Testival for beginners and advanced:
March is one of the snowiest months on the glacier, and very snow-sure, which is why we hold Europe’s largest freeride ski test then. The main idea is to test next season’s new freeride skis, but an SAAC avalanche camp also offers training for freeriding in open alpine terrain. A free BMW shuttle service takes you back to the glacier from the end of the tour.Events
The best freeride lines at Kaunertal Glacier
- Nörderberg: start at the top of the Nörderjoch II lift, then down the Gepatschferner glacier. Vertical descent: 1135m
- Fernergries: start at the Ochsenalmbahn middle station. Vertical descent: 270m
- Langtaufers to Melagg in South Tirol/Italy: Start at Karlesspitze (top station of Karlesjochbahn). Vertical descent: 1360m
- Variant of Langtauger Valley to Melagg in South Tirol/Italy: start at the Weißseejoch pass. Vertical descent: 1144m
- Wiesejaggl: start at Wiesejaggljoch and ski past the black piste running through the tunnel. Vertical descent: 350m
- Variation of Weißsee: start at Wiesejaggljoch. Vertical descent: 680m
- Variation of Weißseejoch: start at Weißseejoch. Vertical descent: 625m
- Zollhaus: start at Weißseejoch. Vertical difference: 895m
Finally some must-know information for your freeride adventures at Kaunertal Glacier:
- All the official routes are marked on the piste map.
- Every freerider should be aware that the freeride routes are in uncontrolled offpiste terrain. They are not marked on the ground, nor pisted, patrolled or controlled for avalanches.
- Current avalanche bulletin
- Freeride events in Kaunertal
- Locals know the best lines – find a Mountain Guide to freeride with here