Welcome to Hafelekar, the steepest freeride in Europe | Adrenaline Blog

Innsbruck, the imperial city of Tyrol, has so many tourist attractions (such as the golden roof, the Imperial Palace or the ski jumping trampoline, that it is difficult to name them all in a digital article, but if yours is snow and more specifically the freeride, one of these attractions has its own name and would be the first, not only in the list of this charming Alpine city, but of all Europe: The Hafelekar descent, the freeride steepest in Europe.

Across the Inn River, north of the city, rises the Mountain chain Nordkette like an imposing cathedral in the Karwendel nature park. Accessing its summit, at 2,256 meters of altitude, from the center of Innsbruck is quick and easy; descend, at least skiing, not so much anymore. From the city center you can take the Hungerburgbahn, a hybrid between train and funicular that connects Innsbruck with Hungerburg, and from here the funiculars to Seegrube, at an altitude of 1,905 meters, and, once there, to Hafelekar, you will not to take more than 30 minutes.

The view from up there is impressive. A balcony with a privileged panorama of the entire valley, under which the city of Innsbruck stretches, which looks like a model. After admiring the views of Karwendel, if you are not an excellent skier, take the funicular again and go down to Seegrube station. The others, the freeriders consolidated, they have two options. To the east, along a small ledge one meter wide, take the Seilbahnrinne route, which passes under the station itself. Or to the west, crossing two peaks, the Karrinne Trail. Both are highly exposed and falls can result in serious accidents, with the risk that no one will see you. At the beginning the course is inclined, with a 70% slope and narrow as a tubecorridors), but it opens up until at the bottom the slope allows big turns, an unforgettable experience with fresh powder snow. From here you can take the 3er Stütze chairlift to the Seegrube station or go deep into the tree line and enjoy the fantastic winter scenery on the Zweir route, all the way to Hungerburg in a descent of 1,390 meters.

Three more off-piste options

Only 35 minutes from Innsbruck is located the station Axamer Lizum, the paradise of powder snow. 300 hectares of slopes with all kinds of pipes Y corridors oriented to the north that has powder snow until the month of April. The 3 Freeride World Qualifier was held here.

A further 10 minutes by car from Innsbruck you can reach the glacier Stubai, where they expect up to 15 glorious courses, such as “The Wall” “Thriller Flake” or “Hard Rock” by freeride managed by the Powder Department and with access to Freeride Checkpoints that provide information about the descents.

A free bus takes you to freeriders a Kühtai from Innsbruck. the north-facing station that offers more than 400 hectares of slopes for off-piste descent.

Guide Frame


  • Ottoburg, a typical Tyrolean restaurant set up in a Gothic tower from 1494.
  • EagleFusion, catering from the roof of the hotel from where you can enjoy a fantastic panorama of Innsbruck.
  • Umbrüggler Alm, mountain refuge at 1,123 meters of altitude in the Nordkette mountain range. It has an avant-garde design and Tyrolean fusion dishes.


  • Hotel Stage 12, with family rooms, right in the center of Innsbruck, a five minute walk from everything.


  • Imperial Palace (Innsbrucker Promenadenkonzerte), relic of Innsbruck’s golden times where many events take place.
  • Ski jumping trampoline on the Bergisel hill. In the new year the competitions begin and from the top you can eat with views of the whole of Innsbruck.
  • Swarovski Crystal Worlds. 20 minutes by bus, free with Innsbruck Card. A world of imagination from the famous Austrian brand.


  • Yoga on the top of the mountain. In the station Patscherkofelbahn, every Sunday from December to March you can enjoy a yoga session in the snowy nature.
  • Decline in bob. On the Olympic bob track you can experience the dizzying speeds of this sport in a course of 800 meters and exceeding 90 kilometers per hour, yes, with a professional driver so as not to fly away.
  • Trampoline jumps. In the new year the Four Hills Tournament de Innsbruck, from the modern springboard where the competitors have a perfect view of the city cemetery right at their feet, so that it encourages them to jump correctly.
  • Festival of freeski. The Freeski World Rookie Fest 2020 It is held in Nordkette Skylinepark, the largest youth series of snowboard Y freeski of the world with hundreds of fans.

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