I wouldn’t have either the guts or the skills to perform such acrobatics on snow. The best of the best take part in the regular events at the Penken Park. Here’s a list of the battles coming up this winter season 2017/18:
Groms Open on 6th January 2018:
Young, up-and-coming snowboarders take over the Penken Park to compete against others their age and gain some valuable competition experience. This year’s Groms Open will once again ensure that new talent is encouraged and supported in the Ziller Valley. In the 11th edition of the Groms Open, the boys and girls will battle it out for a place in the Shred Down Austrian Masters in Westendorf.
QParks Tour Stop on 3rd February 2018:
The legendary QParks Tour is returning to the Penken Park this year. Mayrhofen is the 3rd stop on the largest amateur snowboarder and freeskier contest series in Europe. A must-shred for riders who want to make a name for themselves and become part of the european freestyle scene. Entry is free and open to all!
Girls Shred Session on 17th February 2018:
In this event shred sisters show their male colleagues exactly what girls are capable of. So watch out shred bros: at least your beard might hide your blushes when the girls land tricks you can only dream of! Coaching, photo and film shooting, bbq in the snow…what more could a girl want?!
SAAC Camp from 03rd - 04th March and SAACnd Step from 04rd – 09th March 2018:
The SAAC camps offer important information and tips especially for skiers and snowboarders who like to explore off-piste. The First Step Camp is split into a first day of theory and a second day of off-piste riding with state qualified ski and mountain guides. The SAACnd Step Camp builds on the content of the basic camp and focuses on in-depth knowledge of terrain and snow conditions in an alpine setting.
5. Välley Rälley Tourstop in Mayrhofen from 10th – 11th March 2018:
Take part and battle it out for the title of “King of the Välley”! With contests in Kaltenbach, the Zillertal Arena and Hintertux, the fourth stop of the Välley Rälley takes place in the Penken Park in Mayrhofen. The contestants compete in the different disciplines of Slopestyle, Big Air and Rail Jam, and in the categories “Rookies – U14”, “Young Guns – U 18”, “Girls”, “Amateurs” and “Pros”.
So you see, there’s never a dull day in the Penken Park! Take the Hintertrett ski lift anytime and you’ll be amazed by the talented tricksters, back-flipping off the kickers below you. If you’re lucky you might even spot the Ziller Valley’s most famous snowboard pro training there. Werni Stock is a “big fan of the Penken Park”. So keep calm and ride on!