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Every year in spring, the best ski and snowboard freeriders come together in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl to face the legendary and demanding "Hangerer" slope. On the way from the drop-in point at 2700 m altitude to the finish area, participants can look forward to incredibly steep walls of up to 70 degrees, narrow troughs and daring jumps.
The OPEN FACES 4* Freeride Contest held in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is part of the OPEN FACES Freeride Series which, in turn, belongs to the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) Tour. Participants in the 4* event in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl - a contest in the highest category of the Qualifier Tour - can score a lot of points if they win. These FWQ points are important for taking part in the unrivaled Freeride World Tour. Only the best riders in the world are allowed to compete in this "premier class" on the powder stashes and fight for the coveted World Champion Title. The qualification is scheduled via the FWQ Tour with contests in two regions - in Europe and overseas.
The contest in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl takes place at "Hangerer", a mountain that resembles an awe-inspiring king with a majestic face. Not without reason, the "Hangerer" ranks among the most challenging faces of the entire scene. Also Manuela Mandl knows that, reigning Freeride World Tour World Champion, 3-times winner of the "Hangerer" and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl athlete: "In Obergurgl-Hochgurgl there are some variants where I can really go to the limit and beyond, for example on the "Hangerer" face. At the same time, there are very lovely options close to the ski slopes within the area, which are really fun even in poor visibility. The choice of terrain is huge, the panorama a truly unique highlight. And even many days after the last fresh snow has fallen you can find untouched powder runs with a bit of muscle power."
Freeride fans get together in the public area of Hohe Mut Alm on the contest day. The mountain restaurant is easily accessible also for non-skiers thanks to the comfy Hohe Mut mountain gondola. Up there you enjoy the best view of runs and riders. Passionate fans won't miss any detail of the contest happening as there is a huge LED screen with live feed. Among other side events, a DJ and an event area plus exhibition offer the perfect backdrop for a day full of freeride passion and spectacular freeride sport - with majestic "Hangerer" just a stone's throw away. Maybe this slope is the access ticket to the freeride premier class.
More detailed insights into the OPEN FACES 4 * Freeride Contest in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl are available from our blog posts: