35th Kaunertal Opening 9th-11th October.

Fabian Fraidl ay last years KTO. Photo: Felix Pirker

The long wait for winter is almost over and we have great news as the Kaunertal Opening is back for it’s incredible 35th year! This year KTo has. a new slogan “Back to freedom – back on the snow”, and the main focus is more than ever on the mountain. There will be a park more than 2km long aka The #naturerun, so you can blast off those summer cobwebs in your first day back.

“Ticket to ride” with mask, distance and personal responsibility
Snowpark Kaunertal is already promoting compliance for Covid with some simple measures on its website. The “face mask” has always been a trendy fashion accessory in the scene. In addition, of course, a corresponding distance and the associated personal responsibility is invoked. Then nothing stands in the way of an opening on the mountain and in the open air. They reserve the right to make changes, of course.

Free testival on an extended area and a new accreditation system in advance
With up to 40 brands from the most renowned exhibitors in the scene, the new and hottest material will again be available for testing this year. The necessary distance is created by an expanded area. In order to straighten out the accreditation situation as much as possible, an online accreditation form will be available. This reduces direct contact at the accreditation body to a minimum. Test for free and test safe!

Plenty of session on the mountain
In addition to the first turns in the snow, the “KTO” is known for the hot spot after the summer break. The focus is on the numerous sessions in which the riders measure themselves on a sporty but friendly level. As always, there is plenty of prize money and prizes to be won here. In addition to the opening session of the world-famous SANE CREW! presented by Method Mag, the unique Desperados Heavy Metal Session, Girls Sessions by Shred Unit and a “Hangover Session” on Sunday will be offered again this year. Also the unique in the Kaunertal: a skate ramp at over 2000hm, pump track and many more side events.

New Art Gallery in the valley
A comparable party format à la Club Circle or street party is unfortunately falling victim to the strict Covid-19 measures this year. Let’s hope that the “Cult Opening Party” can be implemented again in 2021.

As a special highlight in the valley the Quellalpin Center will become an art gallery and the “place to be” to marvel at unique images from the snowboard and freeski scene with free entry. The gentlemen protagonists and scene photographers are among others Theo Acworth (Method Mag) and Felix Pirker. Selected pictures from 35 years of the KTO and 40 years of the Kaunertal Glacier are also shown. In addition, the world premiere of the book “BOARDS, a brief history of the Snowbaord” written by Peter Radacher

(Snowboardmuseum.com) will be available for the first time and invite you to browse. Where else if not in Kaunertal, which is historically linked to snowboarding.

The campsite is also offered again, which is a safe and va. offers legal camping with services.

The limited KTO packages are available from now on at https://bit.ly/35KTO_packages. The first event info on the official Snowpark Kaunertal Webstie https://bit.ly/35KTO_web.

At the KTO, tradition meets innovation. The European snowboard and freeski scene has been here for 35 years at the beginning of cctober to shred together, measure their skills, test the latest equipment and celebrate the start of a new season! With the over 2 km long #naturerun, the Snowpark Kaunertal is one of the longest park runs in the world.