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FREERIDE SKIING IN THE TYROL

Tempting deep snow slopes and unspoilt downhills invite to enjoy freeride skiing. On the Stubai Glacier this trend sport is vigorously boosted with the new Powder Department. Snow safety, a great variety of lines and numerous freeride possibilities make the Stubai Glacier in the Tyrol a top freeride area in Austria.

The advertising motifs in winter sports are dominated by skiers and snowboarders who lonely make their turns in the fresh powder snow.

Such images stay in the mind and encourage a steadily increasing number of winter sports enthusiasts to seek the experience off the secured pistes. Instead of completely negating this, the issue is actively dealt with at the Stubai Glacier as part of the "Powder Department". The offer for the freeride community consists of two main areas: Mapped runs and safety management.

Ein Freerider fährt einen Rechtsschwung durch den kniehohen Tiefschnee

AT A GLANCE...

  • 13 freeride runs in the open ski area that are listed on an off-piste map and are available as GPS-tracks

  • Route videos demonstrate the route details visually

  • Freeride Checkpoints at the Eisgrat and the Gamsgarten: info panels with route descriptionstransceiver check and information on avalanche situation
  • Exercise terrain for searching buried persons at the Gamsgarten: Search persons buried by avalanches with avalanche transceivers and probes. Use is free of charge. Introductory courses on request
  • Rental of safety equipment at the Intersport Shops on the Stubai Glacier

We are partners of the Freeride City Innsbruck.

13 OFF-PISTE FREERIDE RUNS - IN THE POWDER DEPARTMENT

The Stubai Glacier makes high-alpine terrain which offers plenty of space for fantastic runs accessible. Access of these areas demands for experience and training and for a appropriate behaviour.
A specifically desinged off-piste-map​​​​​​​ shows 13 freeride runs in the open ski area. The downhills can also be accessed as GPS-tracks on your smartphone. They are integrated in the Stubai App. This way also people, who are not insiders, have the opportunity to enjoy rewarding downhill rides.

A printed version of the POWDER DEPARTMENT OFF PISTE MAP is available at the base station‘s ticket counter, at the Neustift ticket office, at the Eisgrat information and at the glacier’s Intersport shops.

DOWNLOAD OFF-PISTE-MAP

Zwei Freerider führen einen safety check mit einem LVS Gerät vor dem Verlassen der Piste durch

GPS TRACKS: HOW IT WORKS

  • Download Outdoor Active App in the App Store or in the Google Play Store
  • Load the Powder Department Track on your smartphone
  • Use the your-position-button (bottom left) to locate your position
  • This way you can check at all times whether you are still on the route.
  • The availability of a track doesn’t mean that you can ride/access it at this time!
  • Slight deviations from the route can already increase the risk.
THE MOST IMPORTANT RULES

Fresh snow or rain always increases the risk of avalanches.

The first nice day after snowfall is particularly prone to accidents!

It is often easy to trigger fresh snowdrift accumulations.

Rapid, marked warming and/or strong sunlight increase the risk of avalanches.

Low visibility (fog) makes orientation and the assessment of the avalanche risk more difficult.

Zwei Freerider stehen vor der Powder Department Tafel und planen ihre Runs

NOTE

BEFORE GOING FREERIDING, THE FOLLOWING THINGS MUST BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION:

  • Information about avalanche risk (see avalanche bulletin on www.lawine.at/tirol)
  • Check risk factors and if possible eliminate them
  • Check emergency equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, mobile phone...)
  • Basic knowledge of alpine dangers and what to do in an emergency

If you are not sufficiently informed on alpine dangers and avalanches, please book a training session with a pro (e.g. certified mountain or ski guide) before going into the open area on your own. More information:

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE STUBAI GLACIER

Freeride ski schools and mountain guides

ATTENTION

You leave the secured ski area when riding on the Powder Department Runs! The runs are NOT prepared, NOT secured from avalanches (and other alpine dangers) and are NOT checked. The Powder Department Runs are – since they are open ski area - not declared open or closed.

You act exclusively at your own responsibility and are outside of the area of liability of the lift operators, which offer only the open, prepared pistes and ski routes and assume no liability whatsoever.

Freeride Runs should only be entered with a certified mountain and ski guide.