36. KTO – KAUNERTAL OPENING 2021 powered by Soundboks – from 08th to 10th october 2021.

The Kaunertal Opening aka KTO – continues its tradition and reinvents itself after the past difficult months. With the 36th edition of the opening classic, numerous new program items and changes will be implemented: new shape team, new rails, new rail colors, new main partner and a mega- varied program with some of the scene’s figureheads as „hosts“. Snowpark Kaunertal is always worth a trip – this year more than ever. So let’s go!

Think global – act local: new shape crew from Tirol!


In keeping with the motto – think global – act local, a regional provider, Goffi Gram and Shape.it, has now taken over the shape of the park. The guys around Goffi Gram and Head Shaper Manu Pleifer are of course very motivated and are building one of the highlights for the park opening right at the opening with a 36 m long down rail. Other new combos such as a piece rail and many more will also be „ready to ride“ at the opening. The park will emerge from the Karlesjoch in a proven, sustainable way without any contact with the glacier and will be cherished and maintained in constant change over the course of the #fallruns, i.e. from autumn until December 5th.

8 Sessions on 3 opening days

In terms of sessions, the organizers have definitely „given themselves nothing“ this year and invite you to 8 sessions over 3 days. It starts on Friday with the well-known SANE! Crew and a proper “Cash 4 Trick” session on the unique terrace setup. After that, it will be really big for all skiers: the Freeride World Tour and Red Bull rider Markus Eder will be a guest and invite you to „The thirty sicks rail battle“ on the new 36 meter long rail. There are great prizes to be won by his outfitter Völkl. Whoever manages the 36 m on the rail before Markus will end up in a kind of “Hall of Fame” at this opening anyway. Afterwards Markus will host a “Cash 4 Tricks Session” at the terrace setup and whoever wants can get an autograph at the “signing session”.

It will continue briskly on Saturday with the next highlight and the Burton „Peace Rail Session“ hosted by Jesse Augustinus. For this purpose, a „peace rail“ was specially made by the new Shape Crew that certainly offers cool variations on tricks. With the PRIME „Mixed Tricks Cash 4 Trick Session“, skiers and snowboarders can reunite on the terrace setup and end the day with a joint session with fat beats by Mad Simon and Big Belly Boi.

No hangover on Sunday but again a full program. The girls from SHRED UNIT open the Sunday with a Cash 4 Trick Session only for girls on the terrace setup. The Sunday highlight takes place almost in parallel with the Method Mag “Method tot he madness” photo session. After this session, your photo ends up in the story on the Method Mag Instagram account and you can then download these unique pictures via the link. Once in a lifetime, we would say! The grand finale


The Kaunertal friends of the Templeton crew take over the sessions with what is probably the shortest session ever. Get your last cash / boards and more in just 30 minutes;)

Free testival on an extended area and a lot of new side events
This year more than 40 brands are offering their latest equipment for a free test ride. So look for your favorites for the new season – after the difficult times of the past few months, a new board or new ski including a new feeling is like balm on the soul. Registration and registration for the test can take place on site, but in order to cause as little traffic jams as possible, it is also possible to save the registration form online and take it with you on site. The form can be found on the website.

With a new trampoline station by Arlpark including a contest with cool prizes, new side events are traditionally integrated into the opening. You can also get a cool airbrush tattoo on Saturday as a souvenir of the opening or put your balance to the test at the Balance Board Park. All in all – a great program on the mountain!

And what’s going on in the valley?

The very big party in the valley was not held this year due to the still difficult Covid-19 situation. The alternative program can be seen absolutely in the truest sense of the word. KTO long-term visitors can still remember the brilliant video premieres in the tent and then this year a great movie premieres night will be held in the Quellalpin Hall – and that with really outstanding films. Skiers can look forward to the Austrian premiere of the new Legs of Steel film „Long Days“. Snowboarders can look forward to the new work of the Rusty Toothbrush Crew. In addition, the local hero Roli Tschoder will present his new film “Rolyssee” and a girls only film by el.markell! All in all, it will be an evening full of new releases from the scene and absolutely worth a visit. The 3-G rule now applies to the Quellalpin Saal. Think of your proof and come early “for checking”. A little tip on top: Bar Zappadello offers Dj Sound on both evenings and on Friday with Dj Analjuice aka Ethan Morgan you can expect a party. Just saying.

The Kaunertal Opening again offers an absolutely high-quality opening program and after the borders are finally free again this year for travelling, we would say – this weekend should not be missed.

All information can be found on the social pages of Snowpark Kaunertal 

IG: snowpark_kaunertal / FB: snowparkkaunertal, and on their official website https://bit.ly/36KTO_web.


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