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1-day Backcountry Snowboard Tour of Kitzsteinhorn in the Austrian Alps

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Local IFMGA certified mountain guide Andreas Gassner takes you freeriding on "The Glacier", one of the top backcountry resorts in the Alps.

Not specified

Alps

1 Day

All year

Fit

Advanced


Description

The Kitzsteinhorn (3203m) is a snow-filled paradise for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Locally known as “The Glacier”, the frozen Kitzsteinhorn is situated in the Central Eastern Alps near Salzburg, Austria. It is the only glacial ski resort in the area and has long been considered one of the top freeriding resorts in the Alps.

During this day-long backcountry snowboarding tour, we will descend approximately 2000 meters on the Kitzsteinhorn through the Mühlbach Valley toward Niedernsill. In fact, we will be only be descending during this tour.

While we won’t be strapping our snowboards to our back to hike up the mountain, you should be a seasoned backcountry snowboarder. Previous experience with freeride snowboarding or splitboarding is a must to participate.

Our day will start at the Valley Station of the Kaprun Glacier Railway. After a couple of warm-up runs, we will head up to Mühlbachtal. From here, we will begin our 2000m descent. We will descend toward the Mühlbach Valley via the route with the best snow conditions. 

Grab your snowboard and discover why Kitzsteinhorn is consistently rated as one of the best backcountry ski and snowboard resorts in the the Alps. Click “Request to Book” now to get in touch with me. I am here to answer any questions you may have about freeriding here in my backyard.

You can join this tour with either a snowboard or a splitboard. 

If you would like to do more freeriding around Salzburg, check out my 1-day tour on nearby Saalbach-Hinterglemm.

I look forward to riding with you!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Details

More info

Guide will provide the necessary emergency equipment including a shovel, probe and LVS device.

Personal expenses are not included in the price.

Meeting point

Kaprun Glacier Railway - Valley Station

About the guide

The mountains have always been a great part of my life. I was a youth leader of the Alpine Association of Zell am See, Bergrettungsmann, and completed the training as a ski and snowboard instructor. I studied meteorology because it can be very useful in mountaineering. My first trips took me to the Eastern Alps, around Piz Bernina and Biancogray. I also had the chance many times the amazing Mont Blanc range and the peaks around Chamonix. Finally, I got to practice in the high mountains of Bolivia and Chile.
I have really found my calling as a mountain guide. I am right where I always wanted to be. The smile on my clients' faces at the summit or after an intense ski day is so rewarding!
I am part of a team of local guides (Bergführer Zell am See Kaprun), all friends of mine, guys with whom I share the passion for the mountains. They are Markus B, Markus H and Gerald, all IFMGA certified guides. Our philosophy is "to know how to do something well is to enjoy it". Therefore, we always keep learning to give you the best experience.

Languages

German | English

Residence

Zell am See, Salzburg


What people are saying about Andreas Gassner

Mattias Gunnarsson

5.00

September, 2022

Excellent experience with Andreas who is an outstanding guide. Rain and icy conditions made it quite challenging, but Andreas still made it into a very enjoyable climb for my friend and colleague Johan, who, while very fit and an avid hiker, tried mountaineering for the first time.

Barbara Zajchowska

5.00

September, 2022

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Laurence Mitchell

5.00

August, 2022

Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Andi as a guide, always felt totally safe and he was excellent company and very flexible and helpful. Had an amazing time! :)

Michael Plæhn

5.00

August, 2022

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Petra Winkes

5.00

August, 2022

We didn't climb Grosser Wiesbachhorn, because Andreas suggested a more interesting climb on the Granatspitze. Granatspitze was a great climb, although we didn't really get to see much of the scenery because of rain and fog. But the guiding went perfect, Andreas is a friendly and calm guide. I would definitely reccommend him.

Stephanie Lips

5.00

September, 2021

We had quick and clear communication with Andi even before the trip started. In consultation we forward the trip a week as the weather was nice, great suggestion of Andi. He has a lot of knowledge and experience, we felt safe the entire climb and hike. We slept at Stüdlhütte, which did not disappoint. Dinner and breakfast were extensive and so tasty. Would absolute recommend the trip and Andi as a guide to anyone!

Christophe Scheer

5.00

June, 2021

The guide was super friendly and knows the mountain inside out. He made me feel secure at the sections that were a bit more exposed. I also appreciated that he took a couple of pictures of me as I was travelling on my own.

Eric Hollis

5.00

May, 2021

Wonderful experience all around!

Martijn Van Oers

5.00

August, 2020

we met at the stüdlhutte from there we went to the erzherzog-johann-hütte to spend the night, in the morning after breakfast at 5:15 we started the trek to reach the top, it was very hard but andreas dragged me through. after about 2 hours we were at the top, andreas took pictures for me and sent them to me after the trip. the trip was very beautiful, andreas was very friendly and I learned a lot from him.

Nathan Schmidt

5.00

July, 2020

Thanks so much for an amazing trip!

Claire Khalife

5.00

February, 2020

Andi did a great job and the day was the highlight of our trip!

Daniel Kim

5.00

February, 2020

Great guiding experience. We had a couple of touring newbies, and Andreas was very patient. Would book again.

Oisin Collins

5.00

January, 2020

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David Guilfoyle

5.00

September, 2019

Andreas knew the mountain well and was very professional. A wonderful trip and great summit.

Aryan Taefi

5.00

September, 2019

Andreas is fantastic. 10/10

Mark de Jong

5.00

August, 2019

Had a GREAT time with Andy, who helped me witness an awesome sunrise on top of the GrossGlockner! Again many thanks for everything!

Rich Sloman

5.00

July, 2019

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Rich Sloman

5.00

July, 2019

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Anonymous

5.00

June, 2019

Firstly, this is the second occasion that we have booked a trip through Explore-Share and both times the process has been brilliant from start to finish. They are helpful, informative and efficient and always easy to contact. Secondly, this is the first time we have used Andreas as a guide and we really couldn't have asked for more. He assisted us in the preparation and logistics of the trip and helped us to get to the starting point, thus avoiding the need for a hire car. The guiding process was fantastic, professional throughout but also friendly and relaxed making it the perfect balance; everyone in our group loved the trip. Brilliant value for money, would not hesitate to book him again. Good stuff!

Stefano Raseni

5.00

June, 2019

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Michela Turrin

5.00

June, 2019

Andreas has been a wonderful guide for our excursion (to the Persailhorn summit on a via ferrata still partially covered with snow). He has been professional as well as remarkably careful with our preferences. During the organization, he understood perfectly our wishes on types of routes, environment and conditions; and shaped options for the itinerary by taking all preferences into. During the excursion, he took care greatly of all technical aspects, guaranteed safe situations and made each different person feeling confrontable. Last but not least, he has been an amazingly good company during the entire excursion; sharing conversations with him has been very informative and pleasant for all of us.

Archie

5.00

November, 2018

The guide was really nice, he really knew his stuff, he was a good laugh as well. Always chilled out. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Unfortunately I didn't make it to the summit however, I plan to come back and do it again. And actually finish it! But it definitely gave me a huge insight on what I want to do to travel, and that is to climb mountains for charity. So thank you guys so much for helping me out. It was truly an incredible experience!

Xiaolei Meng

5.00

September, 2018

Andreas is a very nice and friendly person. He is a very professional guide. My husband and I are very satisfied with this trip! The most exciting is we meet a snowstorm, what a rare beauty it is!

Wim Douw

5.00

September, 2018

In sum, the guide Andreas was just excellent and we loved the trip! Thanks and best regards, Wim

Steve Schmidt

5.00

August, 2018

Great climb. The guide was very skilled, knowledgeable, and fun. The overnight stay at the hut was terrific - the hostess at the hut was delightful.

Cristian del Campo Kemp

5.00

July, 2018

It was a great human and sport experience. This region is so beautiful. Andreas is a kind, honest person and a great guide. It was a pleasure to share this climb with him. He was permanently avalaible before and during the ascent and gave me some good advice. The ascent (we climbed by the studlgrat) was challenging and nice. That one requires a good physical fitness and some rock-climbing skills. I was pleased and proud when we reached the top.

Anonymous

5.00

July, 2018

The trip was greate and Andi is perfect guide. He is focused 100% on clients safety and he is very organised. Also, we are suprised in positive way with your way of working. Regards, Arianit

Alan Sheridan

5.00

June, 2018

Great guide, felt very safe with Andy. Good fun to

Alexey Silantyev

5.00

June, 2018

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Jeremy Korb

5.00

June, 2018

Andreas is a very friendly and competent guide. It was reassuring to be climbing with a meteorologist during unstable weather. All three of us climbing felt very safe to have Andreas leading us up and down. I highly recommend this trip and hope to see Andi again soon!

Jenni Kallioniemi

5.00

May, 2018

It was such a perfect trip! Everything went very well and I’m gratified. Thanks to Andi :)

Robert Armstrong

5.00

March, 2018

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Magnus Huus-Hansen

5.00

February, 2018

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Thomas

4.00

February, 2018

Our guide was Andreas Mitterer from Saalbach

Tony Moss

5.00

February, 2018

What a fantastic guide who was good company, attentive, had a great knowledge and passion for the area and helped me have a wonderful day.

Nadja Hennig

5.00

September, 2017

We had a fantastic time with Andreas. We met at the Stüdlhütte, had time during dinner to discuss our ascent and he answered all our questions to our satisfaction. He even advanced us money for food and the hut as we stupidly enough did not bring enough. The hike was fantastic and not doable for us without him. Thanks again Andi for such a great experience. We definitely would book it again, and with no other guide than you! :)


 

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