Spectacular lines topped by top class tricks and perfect conditions –
that’s the way the freeski elite celebrates the slopestyle start of the season on the Stubai Glacier. From 16 to 19th November 2022, the FIS Freeski World Cup will be held for the sixth time in a row in the Stubai Zoo snow park and more than 90 athletes from more than 20 nations will be welcomed. The World Cup stop in the Tyrol will also herald the start of the slopestyle winter season for a strong Austrian team that is determined to keep its chances of success on home soil alive. The final of the exciting competition will be broadcast live on ORF. It is a kick-off that no one wants to miss. The Stubai Glacier is known and loved in the scene for its optimal conditions right at the start of the winter season and a course that will ensure excitement again this year. Perfect conditions for the best freeskiers in the world to start a new and promising season with fresh energy after the Olympic Games in Beijing. Four days of freeski action at its best in the legendary Stubai Zoo snow park on the Stubai Glacier - for the sixth time, the world's freeski elite will gather on the Gaiskarferner to collect the first important points for the World Cup ranking on the Pro Line. The glacier location at over 3,000 metres offers the perfect setup in an internationally recognised and valued snow park right at the start of the season.
Host team wants to score on home soil
This start is especially important for the Austrian team and the ÖSV as organiser. At their "home competition", the best freeskiers of the host country will be competing for the first important World Cup points of this winter season. Head coach Martin Premstaller's team has never been so strong and such great potential to be among the top ranks. The Austrian men's team around Julius Forer from Vorarlberg, Luis Resch from Styria, Lukas Müllauer from Salzburg and the Tyroleans Hannes Rudigier and Daniel Bacher naturally want to present themselves in top form at the home World Cup. For local hero Bacher, this competition is something special, as he celebrated his World Cup debut on his "home glacier" two years ago. After only being a spectator last year due to injury, the 17-year-old is all the more motivated to give his all in "his" park this year. This will also be an important start to the season for team mate Matej Svancer. Last year, the man from Salzburg with Czech roots and his team mate Laura Wallner were responsible for the best Austrian result on the Stubai Glacier. Both reached the final with top runs in the qualification. With the eight place in the qualification, local hero Laura Wallner made her dream come true, in the final, however, things did not go as hoped and a fall on the second kicker in both runs shattered this dream. Her team mate Lara Wolf (Paznauntal valley) narrowly missed out on the final with the tenth place last year.
Enormously strong field of participants approaching
Thanks to the professional and safe staging in the last few years, as well as the popularity of the Stubai Zoo snow park among the athletes, the FIS Freeski World Cup Stubai will have a first-class international starting field in 2022 again. Some of the world's best freeskiers are already lined up for the start. From Olympic and world champions to XGames winners - they all won't miss the popular slopestyle kick-off on the Stubai Glacier and want to secure their first World Cup points of the winter. Last year's winners Kelly Sildaru (EST) and Birk Ruud (NOR) will do their utmost to defend their titles on Tyrolean soil and put the winner's crown on their heads again.