A pro’s guide to freeriding in Fieberbrunn

Nadine Wallner explores Fieberbrunn with Matthias Haunholder. Here are her tips.
Pro rider and Fieberbrunn local Mathias Haunholder in his element.
Mathias Haunholder in his element © Ulrich Grill
By Andi Spies

Freeriding pro Nadine Wallner met fellow pro Matthias Haunholder at his home mountain. What could be better than letting a local show you the spots? This way she could enjoy little-known lines and was accompanied by a rider who could perfectly judge the conditions. We talked to Nadine after a brilliant day in the backcountry.

What are the best routes in Fieberbrunn?
Matthias showed me his favourite spot, the Pletzer Graben. It’s a freeride tour with little climbing and a high likelihood for pristine lines. Getting from the Fieberbrunn ski region to the Pletzer Graben is easy. You only have to climb for about 15 minutes to reach the starting point.

The descent offers everything – from nice cruiser runs and fresh tree runs to challenging long lines. At the bottom of the hill you take a cat-track alongside a small river to a parking area and then just take a cab back to the ski region. The difference in elevation is 1,100m, so if there’s a danger of avalanches it’s a no-no area.

Overview of Fieberbrunn's ski lifts and runs
Overview of the whole area © Fieberbrunn

What’s the name of the contest face of the Freeride World Tour in Fieberbrunn and how do you get there?
The FWT contest face is called Wildseeloder Nordflanke. You take the Seehäusl route from the ski region to the starting point of the ascent. Then it takes about 45 minutes to climb up to the top of the Wildseeloder. You really need to be sure-footed, because it leads over a dangerous ridge. If you’re at the top you need to sign in to the summit log before you can enjoy the descent.

Sounds great. Which lines can you take there and what do you have to pay attention to?
It’s extremely important to take a good look at the lines at the Wildseeloder, because in this difficult terrain it is easy to take a wrong turn. Then you’re at risk of falling down, because there are a lot of high cliffs. The difference in elevation for this run is at 600 verticals metres.

What does a contest at Fieberbrunn look like? See for yourself and watch the highlights clip of the FWT Fieberbrunn 2013:

© David Carlier/Freeride World Tour/Red Bull Content Pool

Did you go on runs that you can reach with the lift and without climbing aids?
Of course, Matthias also knows Fieberbrunn runs that are easily reached like the north side of the Rabenkopf. You can reach it with the lift and you find steep runs, often with good snow conditions.

What is the best place for a short stop on the mountain?
I can recommend the Steubödenalm at the mid-station, but also the Wildalpgatterl at the exit of the Jägersteig – it offers great culinary treats.

And where do you end a long powder day?
At the S4 Alm next to the valley station.

Are there some nice bars in Fieberbrunn where you can go to party a little bit?
The opening hours of the D und D in the town centre are long enough to have some fun there.

Any shops that sell freeride equipment and offer good service in town?
The Sportshop Widmann and the S4 Snowsports provide a really good service and also offer good freeride equipment.

Can you recommend some experienced guides for people who want to do some tours?
Freeride Base and S4 Snowsports have good local guides that know all the best spots of the region. I’m sticking with my buddy Matthias, though!

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