Events & News

If you wait eagerly for the opening of the new winter season, you will surely like the offer made by the valley of Schnals in South Tyrol. One the one hand the snow-sure ski runs on the glacier are open almost all year round. On the other hand the winter is welcomed with a very special event: the telemark ski opening from 23rd November to 1st December 2013. A must for free-heel fans!

Keep one’s fingers crossed, watch with excitement, hope and celebrate: For passionate winter sportsmen the races of the Ski World Cup - Downhill, Super-G, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super Combined - are more exciting than a TV thriller. If you want to see them live, you are spoilt for choice, because many ski races take place in the Alps.

Following the favourite star in front of the television or directly on the spot; keeping one’s fingers crossed while he or she takes the steep downhill with exhilarating speed; hours filled with tension and excitement…

Finally it's that time again: the winter is coming and the Pitztal glacier in Tyrol offers a great program. There is held a huge event at the opening of the new ski season, in which every winter enthusiast gets satisfied – at a very attractive price.

Are you a passionate snowboarder or skier, who rides all winter long and in spring can’t wait to start the next ski season? Then this very special facility in Villach is the perfect summer alternative for you.

Saas-Fee Ride

It began as a small competition among freeski friends – and today it is a unique summer-ski event that helps freeskiers and freeskiing fans to get through the waiting time till the next season. This year’s edition of the Saas-Fee Ride is scheduled for the 26th July 2013. Several national and international freeski pros will participate and ensure tension with their crazy jumps and breath-taking stunts.

For everyone who has already not enough from the winter and who searches ski fun on fine spring time days, should come to the Schnalstal valley. Because here we are in the middle of the winter and won’t stop before the beginning for May.

The swim trunks are on, the sun is shining and the snow conditions are good - so let’s play some volleyball. But wait: Snow? For the participants of Snow Volleyball Tour that isn’t unusual at all. On Kronplatz in Bruneck you can have a closer look at this spectacle.

Extreme speed, total suspense and vehicles that usually you will not find on the slopes; these are the ingredients for the Speedking in Carezza, which will be held at the beginning of April in the Skiing area Carezza.


The parallel giant slalom „Gardenissima“ will be held this year for the 17th time in St. Ulrich in Gröden and is the longest giant slalom of the Dolomites. Ski friends and enthusiastic of sports shouldn’t miss this event on Sunday 6th April 2013.

At the end of the winter season many experts of the sector ski rental and ski service will meet at the exhibition center in Bozen, in order to exchange their experiences at the international trade fairs "Prowinter" and "Alpitec" and to present the novelties for the next year.

At 2nd and 3rd March 2013 South Tyrol’s best freeriders get together for a competition and you can be part of it. The “Freeridehero” in Sulden is not only one of the largest events of its kind, but is probably the most beautiful freeride track in the entire country.

It is the meeting of the world’s best athletes from speedway ice racing. At the ice speedway in Inzell in Germany from 15th to 17th march 2013 the best athletes will measure up to speed and skill.

The absolute snow guarantee and the countless free ride possibilities make the Stubaier glacier to one of the most popular free ride places in Austria.

Speed Skating at the highest level you can see in Inzell from 9th to 10th February 2013. The Max- Aicher- Arena will be the venue for one of the two world cup races which will be held this year in Germany. Have fun watching exciting races over middle and long distances.

In the Val di Fiemme Valley, preparations are in full swing for the Nordic World Ski Championships, which is held here already for the third time. As the venues for the competitions there are Predazzo and Tesero, while most of the awards ceremonies will take place in Cavalese.

World Snow Day

Explore, enjoy, experience! Discover something new, have fun and spend an unforgettable day, this the center of attention of the World Snow Day dedicated to: snow, kids and a lot of pleasure. The the international day of action is scheduled for the 20th January 2013 and it will be the biggest event on snow all year – with countless small and large specials all around the world.

Every year in January the romantically dreamy village Ruhpolding becomes to a Mecca for biathlon fans. On 8th January 2013 the Chimgau Arena will open its doors for the Biathlon World Cup 2013.

From 10th to 14th January Meran is in the Olympic fever, because that’s when the Italian Special Winter Olympics will take place. The organizers reckon with more than 300 athletes from Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Bormio, Wengen and Kitzbühel and, of course, Gröden are the four classics among downhill ski races. You can watch the ski stars roaring off the legendary Saslong four times. The two trainings are followed by the Super G and the downhill.

Above the city of Meran lies Mt. Kleiner Mittager at about 2,300 meters, nestled harmoniously in a glittering white snowfield. Here you can enjoy pure nature and the tranquility that comes with it, let your thoughts wander and watch the last sunbeams slowly fade away.

To conclude the winter season in a good way South Tyrol’s skiing mountain no. 1 – Mt. Kronplatz – on Sunday, 22nd April 2012, celebrates the funny, a little bit crazy and most of all wet festival called "Locknfest".

For most of the ski races the participants have to start in different categories according to age, male/female etc. However, for the Rivella Family Contests that’s not the case, because there all members of the family can show together how they can move on skis or snowboards. To conclude the winter and at the same time as finale of this year’s Family Contest season the popular family event takes place in Arosa.

You glide over almost unspoiled deep snow slopes, just surrounded by knee-deep powder snow and brilliant sunlight. Here do you make a cool cliff jump, there you get over the snowy obstacles offered by nature. This is no dream, but freeride reality on Mt. Kitzsteinhorn. Ideal conditions for the X Over Ride 2012.

You’ve already tried skiing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and ice skating? What about an enjoyable ride on a “Böckl”? The simplest model of this sports equipment consists of a short ski, a seat and two grab handles. As soon as you have mastered the quite easy riding technique, you can use your "Böckl" even for (more or less serious) speed competitions – as the "Böckl" race on Mt. Kronplatz impressively proves.

Ski openings

As regards the weather of course we are in the middle of the middle autumn. However they days already are noticeably shorter, in the morning you have to remove the ice from your windscreen, you’ve probably taken out your warm jumpers and boots and in many places the snow guns work at full stretch. It’s high time to dust also skis, snowboards, snowshoes and sledges and think about the first skiing days in this winter.

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