The alps oldest park opening started its 4th decade of shredding on the weekend from the 07th – 9th of October. The glacier was packed and all in all it was an epic weekend!
New decade, new style. Right in time for this years KTO, Snowpark Kaunertal started a new era. 22 back-to-back obstacles, 800 meters in length and some of the sickest Jib obstacle combos ever seen, created one of the smoothest, longest and richest in variation Jib Lines the glacier has ever seen. It has again been the combination of the outstanding work and perfectionism of the Kaunertal Gletscherbahn staff paired with the unstoppable dedication and creativity of the Schneestern Crew, which made the extraordinary park and piste setup possible.
Above the clouds, against the sun. This was how the Kaunertal glacier welcomed the freeski and snowboard scene on Friday. The first sessions, like the Shred Unit Gils Session and the Got.it Style Session, went down. The first girls only session has been truly amazing. Guided by professional coaches and concluded by a vibrant goodies for tricks session.
One of the first gatherings of the season has again created and spread unique vibes. Happy faces, tired legs and super pumped people have been all over the place and kept the KTO spirit with it´s 30 year history alive.
Life acts and DJs like Wiedmann and the 606 crew delivered some chill beats throughout the weekend at the Red Bull Defender.
The Festival Saturday has been played by the theme hip hop deluxe. Following up Fatoni live, one of the biggest hip hop legends entered the stage. Eric Bobo, former artist and percussionist from Cypress Hill ft. DJ Rhettmatic set the KTO crowd on fire. The beloved KTO court musicians, the Wax Wreckaz DJ Team, well known for their explosive and heavyweight sound played the grand final.
Day two started off incredibly. Blue Bird, nicely shaped park and a keen and eager crowed waiting for fist chair. The programme was packed with side events, sessions and the KTO Pro Contest. The motivation of the rider field was above and beyond and the level of riding outstanding. Torge Nagel threw down one style loaded run after the other and won not only the Freeski Pro Contest but also the Best Style Award. Same for the swiss style machine Markus Mathis. Lisa Zimmermann dominated the girls Freeski Pro Contest and set new standards once again.
Following up the Pro Contest people got wild at the go-shred Rail Bingo.
After the first chill After Ride BBQ by Blue Tomato and Go-Shred, everybody was getting ready for the KTO Festival Friday, by burger, beer and beats. Invasion Sound meets Shizzle Soundsystem ft. Ruffneck Smolik Live started the party off till they made way for the Balkan-pop granates Russjaka. Friday headliner was no less a figure than former The Prodogy member Leeroy Thornhill, who also celebrated his birthday at the KTO.
Day three held many surprises. A fresh layer of snow that came over night made the glacier look all pretty and shiny and fuelled the excitement for the upcoming season. Those vibes strongly reflected on the KTO Amateur Contest. The swiss young gun and style machine Jerome Hunger won the Freeski Contest and David Loibel killed it at the Snowboard Contest and also won the best style award.
To awaken the spirits after Saturdays festival night, the Einhorn Hangover Session presented by Prime Skiing / Prime Snowboarding went down in an explosive manner.
KTO16 – a transition from bike to board, from skatepark to snowpark and from the autumn blues to winter madness. Winter is here, so go shred and have fun you people!
The hottest brands of the freeski- and snowboard scene will be gathered at the Blue Tomato Testival. On all three opening days they offer to test their latest gear of the upcoming season for free.
Find your dream equipment, get some consultation and hook yourself up with your future powder- and park gear.
The biggest pre-seasion material test will be waiting for you!
PRO CONTEST, saturday
The first battles with pro riders of the scene goes down on saturday at the snowpark kaunertal. It´s gonna be wild.
AMATEUR CONTEST, sunday
The riders clash continues on sunday. 20 freeskiers and 20 snowboarders gather for the amateur contest. The start list is limited, so better sign up early.
At the bottom of snowpark kaunertal a massive playground arises. The Yamaha Playground combines elements of jibbing, skating and biking and broadens the set up with the addition of another adrenalin filled discipline.
Next to miniramp and jib garden, Yamaha offers to test their most bad ass snowmobiles. The playground will be open and accessable on all three opening days.
A broad mix of sessions will be hosted right at the Yamaha Playground. Sessions for rider of each level, gender and discipline go gown. Epic goods and gear are on the plate for you to win.
Registration for all sessions is on site. Show off your skills, broaden your set of tricks, push yourself and inspire others. Come play!
Besides the sessions and the slopestyle program, many side events take place. Workshops and coaching sessions cover topics of avalanche safety, backcountry touring, film and photography. Chill out areas spread finest tunes and the balance board park as well as the pumptrack give you the opportunity to work on your core skills from a different angle.
After a good day on the glacier, the Blue Tomato After Ride Session forms the perfect transition to get out of your boots and into your dancing shoes. BBQ, beer and beats included.
Just like a snowpark without snow would be a KTO without its festival – unimaginable!
Two of the wildest party nights of the season are happening at the KTO Music Festival. New light design, new visuals and an international high quality line up gonna set the crowd on fire.