The Axamer Lizum close to Innsbruck scores with countless freeriding options of all levels of steepness and keen hikers get rewarded with a breathtaking view over the city.
At the Volkl Split & Freeride Camp Axamer Lizum, participants always have to earn their dinner first by hiking up 600 height metres to the cosy mountain hut. On Friday, the group came together at the parking lot of the Sportcafé in Grinzens to get equipped with splitboards and all gear fort he weekend.
Hiking all the way up the rodeling track, everybody arrived under the light of the stars right in time for dinner at the Kemater Alm. After dinner, the campers finally found some time to get to know each other. To end the first day, the tour planning was discussed with Aline Bock and the Freeride Division guides.
There could not be any better start into the next day, than waking up to the breathtaking view of the Kalkkoegel, After a kind of different cabin breakfast with lychees and fresh fruits, the splitboarders checked the actual avalanche bulletin and adjusted their tour planning to the actual conditions. ABS backpacks activated and Ortovox transceivers checked, the group started touring right from the mountain hut. From the Kemater Alm, they hiked to the Adolf-Pichler hut, where they had the first little lunch break. While we kept on walking in the direction große Ochsenwand, the wind picked up and the weather changed. Due to poor visibility at the top, the splitboarders decided not to go all the way to the Gamskogel. But even the small peak below was enough to cause feelings of happiness after a hike of 640 height metres. The reward was a nice powder run in untracked snow, while it was clearing up again. At the Adolf-Pichler Hut the group stopped for a little avalanche training with probing, shoveling and searching. With the last rays of sun, the happy splitboarders arrived back at the Kemater Alm.
After dinner, Linda from Protect Our Winters joined the group to discuss some topics about environment awareness. Inspired and satisfied everyone was happy to go to sleep before midnight. On Sunday, the snowboarders started the day with a funny snakerun on the sledging track right from the accomodation. Half way down, they stopped at the „Kaserl“ to switch from riding to splitboarding mode again. Heading in the direction of Salfains Alm, it was hard to decide weather to admire the view of the massive Kalkkoegel or look down to the Inntal and Nordkette over Innsbruck. Just before the lake Salfains, we turned southwards to climb a small summit. After 600 height metres, everybody was happy to get ready for another decent in playful terrains and all riders were obviously having fun in the littles chutes using natural obstalces for little drops and jumps. Just before we reached the rodeling track again, the guides from Freeride Division stopped to show how to dig a snow profile and that demonstrated this winter´s characteristics of wind slaps and the instable base. Back at the parking lot, it was not easy to say good bye after this action loaded weekend with amazing people.
The Axamer Lizum is definitely one of the best freeriding eldorados around Innsbruck and we recommend everybody to check the perfect freerdiing opportunities around the Kalkkoegel. See you next winter at Axamer Lizum! Aline Bock (Freeride World Tour Champion 2015, Volkl Snowboards Teamrider) & Pia Schroeter (organizer Volkl Split & Freeride Camps) A special thanks goes to the resort of the Axamer Lizum and espcially Alexandra Sasse for the support and big shout out to our partners Volkl Snowboards, Blue Tomato, Deeluxe Snowboardboots, Ortovox, Marker Apparel, ABS Avalanche Airbags, Had Originals, Völkl Performance Wear.