Open Faces Freeride Qualifier

Winter | Oct 6, 2016

Gastein goes Freeride

A freeride event takes place in Gastein for the first time!

The fifth edition of the freeride series “Open Faces” will once again serve up pure freeriding excitement in April. But this year, it will make its first ever guest appearance in Gastein Valley with a 2* contest. The Open Faces Series is a qualifying tour for what is the ultimate goal for freeriders, the Freeride World Tour. At a total of 7 tour stops in 4 Austrian provinces, participants battle it out for those coveted points. From 7 to 9 April, the riders will venture out into new terrain – and the Mauskarspitze on the Schlossalm will become an absolute freeride hotspot on what is sure to be a thrilling weekend!

Barely any other discipline in alpine skiing has grown as quickly and powerfully as freeriding. We began investing in this target group a number of years ago and created opportunities for freeriders to learn the sport from the ground up. The safety aspect in open terrain is exceptionally important, of course. In that regard, our two info bases, an avalanche practice search area, as well as the ski routes in Sportgastein and at the Schlossalm are practically ideal. The upcoming contest will now bring even more focus to the freeride theme, and we will be able to demonstrate that Gastein truly is a multifaceted freeride mecca. In the Open Faces Series, the emphasis is on attractive media appeal together with the greatest possible safety for contestants. Just two reasons why Gastein and Open Faces go so well together!