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For the 19th time, the snowboard community gathered at the Hintertux Glacier from October 6th to 8th, 2023 to start into the season at the Hintertux Park Opening 2023. Beginners, advanced riders, professionals, including illustrious names like Olympic champion Anna Gasser, they all met at the first Opening in Betterpark Hintertux. Despite the challenging snow conditions, the park team did an incredible job and conjured up a setup that was impressive. Whether on the mountain or in the valley – there was a lot going on – also thanks to the rockers from Sempre Caoz, who got the crowd rocking during the Metal Battle on Saturday evening. The Hintertux Park Opening has once again proven itself as a meeting place for the community, as Hintertux has proven once again that winter starts earlier there.For the 19th time, the snowboard community gathered at the Hintertux Glacier from October 6th to 8th, 2023 to start into the season at the Hintertux Park Opening 2023. Beginners, advanced riders, professionals, including illustrious names like Olympic champion Anna Gasser, they all met at the first Opening in Betterpark Hintertux. Despite the challenging snow conditions, the park team did an incredible job and conjured up a setup that was impressive. Whether on the mountain or in the valley – there was a lot going on – also thanks to the rockers from Sempre Caoz, who got the crowd rocking during the Metal Battle on Saturday evening. The Hintertux Park Opening has once again proven itself as a meeting place for the community, as Hintertux has proven once again that winter starts earlier there.
AIRTIME – Pro-rider Werni Stock from Zillertal hosted Werni’s Transfer Games by Quiksilver, a team session with various transfer options on the jump. A diverse field of riders met in the park to tackle the feature in teams. The young Norwegian Oyvind Kirkhus was the man of the day, he impressed with many technical tricks, including all variations of 1440s and 1620s, and deservedly won most awards of the session. Werni Stock adds: „The Transfer Games were really cool with lots of creative riding. It was something different, everyone celebrated it, both riders and the audience in the park. The setup was sensational. Everyone had fun and showed some really good snowboarding. “
RESULTS Wernis Transfer Games 2023
Best Creative Team: Leon Gütl, Moritz Thönen
Best Tech Team: Oyvind Kirkhus
Best Team Women: Enni Rukajärvi
Steeziest Team: Noah Vicktor, Maxi Preissinger
Young Guns Team: Dima Luchkin
Best Team Men: Fridtjof „Fridge“ Tischendorf, Oyvind Kirkhus, Bendik Gjerdalen
METAL BATTLE ROCKED – Michi Schatz and Max Glatzl with the Sane! Gang presented the Sane! Metal Battle Rail contest at the valley station. Hundreds of spectators came and were rewarded with a real jib spectacle and rock band Sempre Caoz live in-concert. In the best conditions riders hit the rail features in the specially constructed arena. They showed creative and versatile riding at high level and thrilled the audience. Jam sessions are fast and always a little chaotic, but that’s exactly what makes it so appealing, because the result is a real firework of tricks. In the women’s category, Austrian Selin Lakatha claimed most of the awards with some of the best tricks of the evening, while Oyvind Kirkhus provided some of the best moments not only in Werni’s Session but also in the Metal Battle, such as his one-foot tricks. At the end his board was destroyed, but he walked home with two more awards. Selin und Oyvind are also the winners of the Rock A Rail Innsbruck wild cards.
2023 Results SANE! Snowboarding Metal Battle
Best Overall Girl: Selin Lakatha
Best Trick Girl: Selin Lakatha
1-year 686 Sponsoring: Selin Lakatha
Best Style Girl: Paula Benito
Rock a Rail Wildcard Girl: Selin Lakatha
Best Overall Men: Oyvind Kirkhus
686 Best Trick: Leon Gütl
Best Style: Fridtjof Tischendorf
Rock a Rail Men Wildcard: Oyvind Kirkhus
Master of Legends: Marvin Salmina
New this year is the Canary Cartel Playground Session on Sunday noon directly in front of Fernerhaus. Everybody is welcome to hit the features to enjoy the last Opening day together with a fun and playful session. Your chance to win Burger vouchers for the restaurant nearby.
Since 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. As usual Betterpark Hintertux will offer lines and features for all riding levels, freestylers – no matter if beginner, advanced or pro – will have fun at the park. Wille Kaufmann and his team provide an ever-changing setup until early December, including the Halfpipe.
SMALL BECOMES BIG – The Kids Shred is a long-standing tradition at the Opening. Snowboard legends Gigi Rüf and Steve Gruber take over the coaching roles and assist the kids. Photographer Markus “Fischi” Fischer captures these unforgettable moments. DJ Row won the kids hearts with his DJ workshop. The enthusiasm and the motivation of the little ones is truly inspiring, the future of the sport is in good hands.
With their band SEMPRE CAOZ, four friends from Tyrol have developed from a small punk attraction into a rock band over the years. With their performances at home and abroad, they are known for their energetic shows. Dirty guitars, smashed drums, powerful bass and screaming vocals are just a few facets of Semper Caoz. In 2023 the band released there album DUST. A self-written and produced production during the pandemic. You can hear a varied songwriting, whereby the focus for the Alternative Rock genre has not been lost from sight A little dark but very focused, they aim to express their feelings from this time. Anyone who wants to convince themselves of the power and expression of “CAOZ” ROCK can find dates and news from the boys at www.sempre-caoz.com
The Movie Premiere Night in the Tux Center offers a very special treat this year, as Clemens Millauer, professional rider and filmmaker, is presenting his latest project for the very first time. Among the movie protagonists are well-known names such as Austria’s Big Air Olympic Champion Anna Gasser, Werni Stock, Tom Tramnitz and Gigi Rüf.
“Unleash the Epic: Party All Weekend with Surprise Acts at Hohenhaus Tenne Hintertux!”
The parties at the Hintertux Park Opening are legendary. Make sure to get your weekend ticket already now, it includes entrance to all parties in the valley.
Test before you buy. This is key. If you are interested to check out the new gear of the 2023/24 winter season, plan a visit to the demo village the Fernerhaus. The snowboard industry is onsite with their quiver of brand-new products to test on-site.
DEELUXE, Capita, Union
Lib Tech, Gnu, Bent Metal Binding Works
KORUA Shapes snowboards
HEAD Snowboards & Protection