There’s currently some uncertainty over opening dates for glacier skiing in the Alps this autumn, because a lack of snowfall at the start of this year and then six months of unprecedented hot weather has left glaciers with no snow cover at present and hoping for big autumn snowfalls in the next few weeks.
But while one of the two centres that formerly opened year round, Zermatt, has been forced to temporarily suspednd ski and snowboarding operations, the other, Hintertuxm, has managed to keep a small area open, thanks in part to a glacier snowmaking system.
Traditionally Hintertux glacier kicks off the annual terrain park opening season across Europe, and this year they’re still planning for it with the 18th edition of the Hintertux Park Opening, scheduled from September 30th – October 3rd, 2022.
“For nearly two decades Betterpark up on Hintertux glacier is the first choice for riders from all over the world to start into the new winter season in early autumn,” a spokesperson for Hintertux Opening said.
As usual Betterpark Hintertux will offer lines and features for various riding levels for all freestylers, both for the rookie as well as the for the pro. The Halfpipe will also be ready to drop in this autumn. Park master Wille Kaufmann and his team will provide an ever-changing setup until December 4th.
On the Opening weekend riders will show off at the big jump for “Werni’s Big Air Session” by Quiksilver and Werni Stock, local hero and professional snowboarder. At the Burton Quarterpipe Session it’s all about style. The “Metal Battle presented by SANE! Snowboarding” is finally back after the tremendous success at its introduction three years ago and takes place directly next to the valley station. The youngest shredders are invited to join the KIDS SHRED with rider’s coaching, DJ workshop and more (registration KIDS SHRED).
Those who are interested in new gear can visit the demo village at Tuxer Fernerhaus, as the snowboard industry is onsite with their brand-new products to test on-snow.