The BigMountainSkate season 2016 will start spectacularly with Alpenrauschen, a four day freeride which will take place high up in the Styrian mountains in Austria, from June 9th till June 12th, 2016.
I had so much fun on last year’s Alpenrauschen and so did probably everyone else who was there. Those who will join us for the first time this year have a lot to be excited about for sure.
About the Alpenrauschen track
For the second year in a row, the BigMountainSkate crew will cater with a 4.8 kilometers long beautiful alpine road which leads to Tauplitzalm ski resort in Styria.
Surrounded by beautiful mountains this track has much more to offer then just epic views. It’s packed with 8 hairpins, countless sweepers, top speed at around 95 km/h and 9% average grade.
Be warned, Alpenrauschen is not recommended for beginners. You’ll need some serious downhill skills to be able to keep up. So, see you there :)
Riders limit and registration fee
At Alpenrauschen camping is not allowed, but a bed in a cozy room is included in the 175 Euros registration fee. Because the number of beds is limited this event can take in only 170 riders.
If you miss a registration, you’ll not be able to “sneak in” like on some other events, so make sure that you register on time. Registration for Alpenrauschen started on Sunday, February 14th at 8pm CET via the official BMS website and has been sold out in a matter of hours.
Required protection gear
Full face helmet and slide gloves are the only required protection gear on Alpenrasuchen, but since the track is very fast, you should consider wearing a leather suit. Last year I wasn’t wearing one, but this year, I will. The Alpenrauschen track is very demanding and if you want to skate another day, it’s better to be on a safe side, I guess. Knee pads, elbow pads and a back protector are also highly recommended by the organisers.
Upon your arrival
The big parking on top of the Alpenrauschen track was my van’s final destination for the next 4 days. It takes a couple of minutes to get to the hotel from there, but the walks were always nice. That red colour behind the tree on the left… That’s my van :)
Food and drinks at Alpenrauschen
The nearest store is 10 kilometers away and each time you want to drive up the track, the Tauplitzalm Alpenstraße, you’ll have to pay around 10 Euros (see prices here). However, the good news is that you will not have to leave the mountain anyway. Last year we got everything we needed right there in the hotel which opens just for the event.
You can get breakfast, lunch and dinner (also vegetarian and vegan meals), plus all kinds of drinks at the hotel’s bar. If you have a sweet tooth like me, you’ll be happy to know that you can get some chocolate and cookies there as well.
The hotel’s staff was very friendly, especially the girls who made sure that we always had a cold beer in our hands during the evening hangouts :) Just in case if you wonder, the bear was 2.5 Euros. Strong Austrian schnapps was probably the second most (ab)used beverage at the parties. I’m not much of a drinker myself, so I sticked to the beer, haha!
Just like last year, there’s an option to pre-pay the meals for all days at the hotel upon your arrival. The offered package costs 30 Euros and it includes breakfast and dinner. I think that’s a fair deal and last year, the food was quite good.
During the freeride, you can take a brake and have a lunch in the bar on a parking on top of the track. They serve some really nice dishes like soups, grilled meat, pizza and similar.
How to pack for Alpenrauschen
The highest point of the Alpenrauschen track is at around 1500 meters above the sea level. Weather conditions tend to change quickly up in the mountains, so my advice is to pack some extra warm clothes too. They will come in handy especially in the evenings if you want to hang out outside the hotel.
If you’re going, also bring your own blanket or a sleeping bag because the beds are only done with sheets. The same goes for the towel(s) and other stuff for personal hygiene.
Other than that, you should pack as usual. Make sure to have enough socks, probably at least 2 per day, one pair for skating and the other to change for the evening. You’ll use the evening pair for skating the next day and so on. The same goes for the underwear and t-shirts. I’ll bring an extra pair of shoes as well, just in case if it rains.
There’s a nice lake next to hotel and some people had a swim in it, so you might want to bring your swimming suit as well. I was too lazy to go for a swim, but people who did go said that the water is fresh and the leeches are friendly :)
What I loved at last year’s Alpenrauschen is how relaxed it was. I already knew most of the people who was there, so it felt a lot like “home” from the moment I arrived. Everyone was happy to be there and for most of us this was the first event in the 2015 season, so we had a lot to talk about. I’m already looking forward to have a chat with everyone.
After the freeride everyone was mostly hanging out on the Blue Tomato mini-ramp or by the outdoor fire and the trampoline. That was fun to watch too :) Also, there was a couple of pool and soccer tables where we had some exciting matches going on.
Last year I went for a nice walk with my buddy Alex Ireton, and let me tell you, it was amazing. Fresh air, green pastures, mountain peaks… Can’t wait for it!
So, hopefully you are going to Alpenrauschen and I’ll see you there.
If not, we’ll meet somewhere else :)
Alpenrauschen 2015 aftermovie
Most probably, you already watched the official Alpenrauschen 2015 video recap edited by Bros Before Pros, but anyway… Just watch it again, you know you’ll like it haha! :)
Alpenrauschen 2016 Info Summary
I summed up all important information on the list below. If you have any additional questions, get in touch with the BMS crew via their email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The event takes place from June 9th – June 12th, 2016 in Tauplitzalm, Austria.
- Registration started on Sunday, February 14th at 8 pm CET via the BMS website.
- Registration fee is 175 Euros (includes a bed in a room).
- Pre-paid meals for all days are 30 Euros (paid in cash upon arrival).
- Full face helmet and slide gloves are required. Leather suit is highly recommended.
- Follow Alpenrauschen via Facebook event page