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Party, pistes and powder snow: grand Ski Opening festival at Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See-Kaprun

October 23, 2015

Zell am See-Kaprun (w&p), 22 October 2015 – Live bands, après-ski and exhilarating skiing fun: the Bayern 1 ski opening festival at Schmittenhöhe from 10 until 13 December 2015 is set to be a fantastic sporting weekend with guaranteed party fun. As well as lots of live concerts, the package prices also include a ski pass and a lively ski hut programme with regional specialities. Many other attractive extras are also included: on the slopes of Schmittenhöhe – with snow guaranteed – guests can test the latest ski models and get tips from the pros of the German Federation of Ski Instructors. The package can be booked for either three or four days in a choice of different accommodation categories.

Oktoberfest fun, traditional “White Sausage” breakfast and ski tests

The Ski Opening Weekend kicks off on Thursday, 10 December 2015, with a ski hut evening on the AreitAlm. A breath-taking panoramic view over Lake Zell and live music by the Cagey Strings set the scene for a spectacular opener for the ski weekend. The band has been a regular fixture at the Oktoberfest for many years, and is one of Germany’s most frequently booked live bands. The sporting fun starts on Friday, 11 December 2015, when the German Federation of Ski Instructors will be giving winter sports enthusiasts tips for safe enjoyment on the slopes. Big-name brands Blizzard and Nordica will be offering ski tests. The party gets going at the Bayern 1 Event Arena at the valley station trassXpress on Schmittenhöhe. Later that evening, at the Ferry Porsche Congress Center in Zell am See, DJ Martin Pohlers and the Bayern 1 Band with lead singer Florian Pilz will be hosting a gigantic Après-Ski Party.

As a highlight after a long and enjoyable day on the slopes, on Saturday, 12 December 2015, at 9.00 pm the next Après-Ski Event takes place at the Ferry Porsche Congress Center. Bayern 1 presenter Tilmann Schöberl and the band K’s Live will be getting the party started. K’s Live have an incredible reputation for their unrivalled ability to pack 40 years of music history into a great show. On Sunday, 13 December 2015, the final day starts with a traditional “White Sausage” breakfast at the legendary SchnapsHans-Alm. The band Charly Tango will be serving up a tasty helping of modern acoustic cover versions from the past decades of music history. The programme ranges from evergreens by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash all the way to modern hits by Robin Thicke or Green Day. At 2.00 pm, Bayern 1 presenter Tilmann Schöberl will be saying farewell and wishing all the party guests a safe trip home.

 Attractive package prices, from B&Bs to four-star superior hotels

Visitors have a wide choice of special package deals for the Bayern 1 Ski Opening 2015 event in a range of hotel categories. Depending on which package is booked, it can include a choice of two or three nights with breakfast, lunch up at one of the ski huts, multi-course evening dinners, a “white sausage” breakfast, ski passes, shuttles and transfers in the area and free admission to all evening events. Guests can also take part in the ski tests and the ski guiding activities offered by the German Federation of Ski Instructors. All visitors need to bring is their own ski gear, time to have fun and party. Many local partners also offer ski gear to rent. Prices for the three-day programme for two adults sharing a double room are between €269 and €369, for the four-day programme between €359 and €519.

New at Schmitten: Kidsslope and Selfie Video on the Funslope XXL

The Schmittenhöhe has extended its range of slope services for the official start of the skiing season on 27 November 2015. The new Kids Slope next to the Glocknerbahn lift takes young skiers to an exciting world of skiing adventures. This combination of obstacles, moguls, tunnels and a slalom course is perfectly attuned to the needs of children who are already comfortable on skis. On their way down the slope, the youngsters are also treated to anecdotes and stories about Schmidolin the Dragon and his friends.

The 1300-meter Schmitten Funslope features tunnels, jumps and banked turns, and is the longest slope of its kind in the world. This season, it again offers winter sports acrobats some of the greatest fun imaginable. With the SpotOn video app, daredevil funslope fans can now capture their ride on a selfie video. The SpotOn video tracker is downloaded to a mobile phone and activated; six GPS-controlled cameras along the slope automatically film the ride. Afterwards, the videos are available for download in HD quality and can be shared on all social networks. The SpotOn app is available from the App Store and Google Play.

For more information about winter sports at the Schmittenhöhe and the Bayern 1-Ski Opening, visit:


Image credits:

Schmidolin the Dragon with children at Schmittenhöhe (c) Felsch
Schmittenhöhe: skiing with a view of the lake (c) Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus
Skiers on Schmittenhöhe (c) Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus

About Zell am See-Kaprun:

Glacier, mountains, lake – the Austrian year-round holiday destination Zell am See-Kaprun combines the entire diversity of the Alps. In the unique natural paradise situated in the immediate vicinity of the national park Hohe Tauern, sports people, active holidaymakers, families and people looking for relaxation alike find a diversified choice of activities and adventures both in summer and in winter. Among these are the “Peakworld 3.000” on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, the only glacial ski region in the Salzburger Land, the family region Maiskogel, the local mountain Schmittenhöhe as well as the crystal clear Lake Zell and the multiple award winning 36-hole championship golf course. Tradition and authenticity are mirrored in the events and culinary specialties of the region. The hotel sector impresses with the “Salzburger Hof” – the only five star superior hotel in the entire Pinzgau region. Guests find relaxation in the wellness oasis TAUERN SPA on 20,000 square meters as well as in many further spa and wellness hotels in Zell am See-Kaprun.


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