15 Years Betterpark Hintertux
For the past 15 years, Wille Kaufmann (Betterparks Co.) and his team have dedicated themselves to keeping the slopes of Betterpark Hintertux, a top-class snow park on the Hintertux Glacier, in ship-shape. Thanks to its superb location at over 3,200 metres above sea level, Betterpark Hintertux is the highest freestyle spot in Austria and a favourite meeting point for local riders as well as the international scene.
The perfectly formed snow park landscape currently consists of 5 lines (pro-line, large-line, medium-line, small-line, jib-line) and a halfpipe. The pipe, which was previously located elsewhere within the park, was at times over 100 m long and 5.6 m high. Betterpark Hintertux was also home to Austria’s very first glacier super-pipe.
The dedicated park crew prepare jumps, rails and boxes twice daily to guarantee the ultimate freestyle fun in XL format, whereby rider safety always has utmost priority. "The kickers and obstacles are built according to exact specifications, you can’t allow any “freestyle” when it comes to building the park", says Wille Kaufmann.
Betterpark Hintertux is a dream come true for experienced freestylers, who come from all over the world to practice at Hintertux. Marko Grilc (SLO), Roope Tonteri (FIN), Rowas Coultas (UK) or local hero, Werni Stock, are just a few of the names of the snowboard elite who are regular guests at the Hintertux Glacier.
Open from mid-September to December and April to early June, Betterpark Hintertux is the first snowpark of the season to open and the last to close, attracting even more freestylers to get their kicks at these cool sessions. The legendary location at the foot of the Olperer is also home to numerous events: Betterpark Hintertux hosts the Hotzone.tv Park Opening, Europe's first park opening of the season during the first weekend of October, where four days packed full of action, party and airtime battles await riders at the Hintertux Glacier. The Välley Rälley tour stop at Betterparks is yet another red-letter day in the annual programme. Attractive prizes await winners of the individual categories in the disciplines of Big Air, Slopestyle or Rail.
Betterpark Hintertux also places great emphasis on the promotion of young talent. Special Kids Shred Sessions are offered at events such as the Hotzone.tv Park Opening or free coaching at the Välley Rälley. There are also customised offers for little and aspiring shred-heads at the annual Park Hill Freestyle Snowboard Camp.
Betterpark Hintertux has become a firmly established institution over the past 15 years, one that you could no longer imagine the Hintertux Glacier to be without. The snowpark will continue to inspire snowboarders and freeskiers with its well-prepared kickers and varied rails. Plans include expanding the park over the next few years, with simpler obstacles in particular, so that every guest will be able to get a taste of freestyle air at the Hintertux Glacier.