Kappl freerider

Tirol's Kappl Has It All Covered For Freeriders

Kappl's inaugural Freeride Festival, from 16-18 January, has a packed programme of powder-filled workshops, film screenings, lectures and contests attracting the best of the bunch.

Head to Kappl in the Paznaun area of Tirol, Austria, for all you ever wanted to know about freeride skiing and boarding - and more!

The resort is holding its inaugural Freeride Festival from 16-18 January with a packed programme of powder-filled workshops, film screenings, lectures and contests.

Three days of off-piste challenges on the open terrain will satisfy the appetite of even the hungriest powder hounds and ensure they know how to correctly evaluate snow conditions, the best body positions for deep snow and what essential items to have in their rucksack. All essential equipment will be available to test out.

The Freeride Festival culminates in the Open Faces Freeride Contest, which is the most demanding of off-piste competitions, with the aim of finding the most original line and factoring in as many cliffs as possible and is for both leisure and professional skiers. It's the third time for the premiere event of the series to be held in Kappl, with the addition this year of the opening of the first Junior Tour, for ages 14 to 17.

Due to its extensive backcountry areas, Kappl qualifies for two freeride competitions, said Paznaun Tourist Director Andreas Steibl. The best of the bunch will collect points in Paznaun for the Freeride World Tour and compete against the best in the world.

Workshops and film screenings at the Freeride Festival are free for guests in Kappl and those taking part in the Open Faces Freeride Contest and Junior Tour. Technique courses are from Kappl Ski School at €30 per day. A one day skipass for Kappl is €37; three days is €100.

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