Austria’s steepest ski slope opens for the season on Saturday


The Kaunrertal Glacier, home to Austria’s steepest ski slope, finally opens its doors for the 20-21 season, this Saturday 15e May.

The glacier is home to Austria’s steepest groomed slope, the 87.85% Black Ibex piste and the center has been promoting that it has prepared the piste for this weekend’s opening.

“Are you brave enough to tackle Austria’s steepest slope? The gradient freezes the blood in your veins! The conditions are excellent and the winter is far from over! enthused a spokesperson for the station.

The glacier is one of a number in Austria that chose not to open during the main ski season, although it was allowed there under pandemic rules, as the rules also meant “hospitality” could not open and the operators of the center decided that the losses would be too great.

Now, however, hospitality can reopen in Austria from May 19.e, and the Kaunertal is one of the few glaciers that can still be opened for winter sports in late spring.

Kaunertal normally opens from early October to early June and SkiResort.info has its closing date on June 6the, so it can only be a three week season. It was similar in 2020 when the glacier reopened just days after Austria’s first pandemic lockdown.

Another glacier, the Molltal, will open on the 22sd May and three are already open, the Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun in Salzburg, as well as the Hintertux in Tyrol, which aims to open all year round and Austria’s highest slopes in Pitztal, also in Tyrol.


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