Four freeride hotspots to guarantee pure adrenaline and fun.
Axamer Lizum. The only place with 300 hectares of snow-covered terrain, and located just 19km away from Innsbruck. 'The Lizum' had made itself a name amongst freeriders, not only as the host of the 3* Freeride World Qualifiers, but also as the perfect terrain with open slopes, countless Natural Pipes and north-facing Couloirs, which still contain powder snow in April. Safety is written with a capital S at the Hoadlhaus Freeride Checkpoint, the place to get an overview of the routes, snow depth, and temperatures in the mountains.
Kühtai. All of this ski resort lies above the tree line, and also offers plenty of off-piste action (but remember to carefully check conditions). There is a designated route next to the Kaiserbahn, and thanks to the rest of the 400-hectare area's terrain, it is possible to ride the snow even when there is little of it.
Nordkette. One of the coolest hotspots can be easily reached from Innsbruck's city centre, and is the perfect fusion of excitement and powder snow. The Nordkette cable cars transport freeriders in fewer than 30 minutes to one of the steepest ski areas in Europe, and the 1,500m altitude difference between Hafelekar and Hungerburg present extreme challenges even for the aces amongst freeriders.
Stubai Glacier. 'Cannonball', 'Hard Rock' and 'Thriller Flake' - the names of the 15 freeride runs at Stubai Glacier speak volumes. Adrenaline meets pure fun. Stubai Glacier's Powder Department, also belonging to Freeride City Innsbruck, is situated just 45 minutes from the city by car. From October until June, it really gets down to business in the high-alpine countryside, with GPS tracks providing even more fun. Safety is the number-one priority here, and there are plenty of freeride checkpoints and LVS checks to enable the perfect preparation for your ride.