Freeride Mekka Skicircus
"Easy up - Wild down“, that’s the way it goes.
The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn offers a range of freeriding as one combined package, with extensive freeride routes of all difficulty levels, as well as freeride parks, info points, a self developed snow information and avalanche warning system (LO.LA*), avalanche beacon training parks & checkpoints powered by ORTOVOX, camps, and top events such as the “Freeride World Tour”. Enough to excite not just the elite, but also those new to the sport who want to have a taste of the world of powder skiing.
The flanks of the 2,119 m Wildseeloder were discovered by the up-and-coming freeriding scene some years ago. Fieberbrunn has ideal conditions: on the one hand a ski area with wild contours, but on the other hand extensive powder slopes. There are also no long walks to access the freeriding terrain, it’s a question of simply “easy up & wild down”. It’s not for nothing that the “Freeride World Tour” has appointed Fieberbrunn to being known as an European competition hotspot, and incidentally the only venue in all German-speaking countries.
Taking the lift, or sometimes a short hike in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, brings you very easily into un-secured, un-patrolled terrain. Despite the huge attraction, it is important that the dangers of a high Alpine environment are considered when freeriding. Those who leave the safety of the secured pistes are taking on the responsibility for their own safety.
Therefore, comprehensive training about off-piste skiing is essential. The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn stages various camps and workshops, and local ski schools and mountain guides have offers available for freeriders of any age and ability with all sorts of opportunities to prepare yourself for offpiste adventures.
In a designated area at the Asitzmuldenbahn in Leogang there are various obstacles and kickers integrated into the natural terrain, providing lots of fun on deep snow slopes.
Freeride routes are well-marked descents that are partially off slope. Some ski slopes are also marked in places as freeride routes as these slopes are not prepared for several days following a fresh snowfall.
Avalanche Beacon Training Parks:
You can find avalanche beacon training parks powered by ORTOVOX for practising with your own avalanche beacon at the peak of the Schattberg in Saalbach and at the Zillstatt lift in Fieberbrunn. You have to activate up to four of the six buried transmitters in order to track and probe them within a given period of time with your own avalanche beacon.
There is a so-called info point at the bottom station of the Streuböden lift in Fieberbrunn, with the avalanche warning system LO.LA* as well as information and overview maps to help when planning tours.
NEW: Avalanche beacon Checkpoints:
Throughout the skiing area you find avalanche beacon checkpoints powered by ORTOVOX at many key mountain stations. By passing the checkpoints every freerider can easily test whether the life-saving device is turned on and sending out signals.
FREERIDE WORLD TOUR
From 22nd to 28th February 2019, Fieberbrunn is once again centre of the freeriding scene and the only venue in Austria and Germany for the freeriding top-class “Freeride World Tour”. Spectators can watch the event from the Lärchfilzkogel (1,645 m) on the opposite side as the athletes head down 620 vertical metres from the Wildseeloder (2,119 m) on slopes of gradients as steep as 70°. For the competition, a spectators’ stand will be made from snow, like an ancient amphitheatre, and there will be a great support programme for the event.
- “Buddy system”: never enter off-piste terrain alone.
- Checked the avalanche report? And understood it?
- Weather forecast okay? Probably worth speaking toa local!
- All equipment to hand? This includes avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, and mobile phone.
- Carried out a avalanche beacon check? Regular practice with avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel is important!
- Does the group meet my ability level? Or will I be putting myself at too much risk?
- Are other people also using my route? Always keep them in view!
- Keep your distance! Even if slopes appear safe, it is better to descend individually.
- If in doubt, it is better to leave out any slope that could
- be critical!
- Avalanche beacon
- First-aid kit
- Mobile phone in case of emergency
- Airbag system recommended
Important: anything you don’t have can be hired or bought in a local specialist shop. In addition to these standard items, a helmet is also a necessary item of safety equipment.
RESPECT YOUR LIMITS
As sports people, we also have rights and duties when out in the open, but many seem to be unaware of them. We need to perceive forests more as what they really are; a habitat for animals and plants, and a restful environment for people to enjoy. If animals have cause to panic, they often run for their lives, making sudden high energy demands on them, which can often lead to death. We simply ask you to respect your limits (boundaries). Not only your own personal limits in terms of winter sports, but especially the boundaries that are important to observe when undertaking winter sports activities which have an impact on the habitats of the natural flora and fauna. The ski maps have various quiet zones marked on them as no-go areas. There are also corresponding signs on the mountains informing you of this.
LOCAL AVALANCHE SITUATION
The Fieberbrunn ski area has been using the LO.LA* system since winter 2014/2015 for local avalanche information. Since the connection with the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang, locally based avalanche experts assess the avalanche situation for the whole of the Skicircus area (with official avalanche information as a basis), using the LO.LA* system. The daily, up-to-date local avalanche situation can be viewed at the freeride info point, on the Internet at saalbach.com, and on the Saalbach App.