Half-pipes, kickers, rails and boxes – that”s what snowboarders and freestylers long for. This sport is dominated by the combination of gliding – light as feather – as well as the mixture of power and elegance and the adrenaline kick. Especially young people see snowboarding as a philosophy of life. Working on the perfection of a jump and being admired for it, chilling with the buddies, cool gear – all this is snowboarding.
Most of the larger ski areas have followed this trend and have invested in extending their fun parks. New elements and diverse combinations of obstacles, as well as new daily shapes are obligatory. SnowTrex, Euorpe”s No. 1 ski holiday tour operator, has taken a closer look at the larger fun parks in the Alps and has set them in comparison. Main criteria were the size of the park, number of obstacles, diversity of the fun park concept and renowned events.
Here is the top 10 list by SnowTrex:
Number 1: Switzerland – Laax: every snowboarder”s dream with four snow parks, more than 90 obstacles, 160 m half-pipe, shoot-my-ride kicker, Freestyle Academy
Number 2: Austria – Absolut Park Flachauwinkl: 1.5 km long, natural terrain “Burton The Stash”, south-facing half-pipe, unique chill-house
Number 3: Austria – Playstation Vita Ischgl Snowpark: 1.8 km long, concert stage, extra obstacle park, bag jump
Number 4: Italy – King Laurin Snowpark Seiser Alm: natural terrain “Woodline”, Panettone parties, more than 50 obstacles, fantastic location
Number 5: Austria – Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun: very snow -sure, more than 70 obstacles, 160 m super pipe, rail garden in the village
Number 6: Italy – Mottolino Snowpark Livigno: 140 m half-pipe plus 80 m natural pipe, more than 50 elements, shoot-my-ride kicker, airbag
Number 7: Austria – Vans Penken Park Mayrhofen: 50 elements, kid”s park, fun area, photo shootings
Number 8: France – Les Deux Alpes: boardercross, freecross, Cool Zone, Po(w)der Week
Number 9: France – Val Thorens: boardercross, Jump”Air, perfect freeride areas
Number 10: Germany – Oberstdorf: Almdudler Fellhornpark, Crystal Ground Park, half-pipe at the Nebelhorn
The TravelTrex GmbH recorded 106,000 travellers and 33.5 million euro revenue in the tourism year 2010/2011. In the company headquarters in Cologne SnowTrex has approx. 100 members of staff working under one roof. With its winter brand “SnowTrex” the company has developed market leadership for ski holidays in the European region and offers a continuously expanding portfolio with more than 200 destinations and 1,200 accommodations in nearly all European mountain ranges, as well as the USA. With the brand “HolidayTrex” the company offers holidays all year round. Via the websites www.snowtrex.com and www.summertrex.com as well as via the call centres (both available in 16 languages) TravelTrex offers its holidays in the whole of Europe. However the company does not only concentrate on direct sales, but also cooperates with more than 600 active booking pages on the Internet, as well as travel agents and other renowned sales affiliates from within and outside the holiday sector.
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