Kreischberg, in Styria, is all set to host the Snowboard World Championship in January 2015; which, for the first time ever in history, will be a combined event, being held alongside the Freestyle Ski World Championship at the same time.
And it’s coming home: the first ever Snowboard World Cup was held in Zürs, Austria back in in 1985.
Mayrhofen boasts the steepest (but all too short!) groomed slope in Austria, the Harakiri (run number 18) which has a gradient up to 78%. Its rather un-Austrian name is actually Japanese, a term used for seppuku, or a samurai’s suicide!
Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn in Kaprun has Austria’s biggest super-pipe. At 160 metres long and 6.3 metres high, it’s a monster.
Snowbombing, a week-long festival of winter sports and music, is held in Mayrhofen every spring. The biggest of its kind in Europe, the resort has seen acts like Pendulum and Fatboy Slim since 2005, and the The Prodigy are all set for April 2014.