Season Opening 2023 at Epic Bikepark Leogang
As the snow retreats to the last shady corners of the Leoganger Steinberge mountains and spring is finally here, the shape crews in Saalfelden Leogang have already been working on the trails for a while. Their goal: to get the lines & trails in the Epic Bikepark Leogang and the single trails in the bike region ready for the opening on 12 May 2023. The brand new AlteSchmiede Trail, which promises 3.5 kilometers of finest single trail action, will be added for the 2023 season for the first time. Another treat for mountain bike guests in Austria’s biggest bike region is the Online Bikebonus, which promises a dynamic price system and offers discounts if you book early enough. The hosting of the mountain bike world cup in the disciplines of cross-country (XCO & XCC), downhill and for the first time enduro places the Saalfelden Leogang region as a “super event” in the calendar of the newly formed UCI Mountain Bike World Series.
Pure mountain bike fun on the AlteSchmiede Trail
The brand-new AlteSchmiede single trail, which is expected to be open from the end of July, will lead mountain bikers over approx. 3.5 kilometers through natural sections of forest and alpine meadows, wowing riders with incredible views of the imposing Leoganger Steinberge massif. Flowy turns, north shores and easy technical passages alternate on the hand-built single trail in a smart way. The trail head of the most recent member of the Saalfelden Leogang single trail family can be found via the Asitz Trail towards Saalbach Hinterglemm, from which it branches off to the right after around 350 meters – easily accessible via the Asitz or Steinberg lift. If you’re in for some rougher action afterwards, you can continue with the challenging Matzalm Trail via the forest road at the end of the AlteSchmiede Trail.
Online Bikebonus promises bike tickets at a reduced rate thanks to a dynamic price system
From summer 2023 onwards, the Online Bikebonus gives Bikepark Leogang visitors who book early in advance the opportunity to secure both single-day and multi-day tickets at a lower price. While there is a dynamic price system online, fixed prices apply at the cable car ticket offices onsite. The bike ticket guarantees unlimited access to all cable cars in Austria’s biggest bike region Leogang, Saalbach Hinterglemm and Fieberbrunn.
Sustainability and environment protection: "Clean the Trail Days" and "Roll Off instead of Tear Off"
How important sustainability and environment protection are to Saalfelden Leogang is not only shown by the minimally invasive built trails, which are laid out entirely by hand and without heavy machinery, but also in two special campaigns this year. The "Clean the Trail Days" in the Epic Bikepark Leogang are intended to set an example for the protection of nature and species. The employees of the bike rescue service, the guides of the bike schools and the athletes of the Bike Club Leogang will clean the trails together with the bike community after the end of the bike day. The "Clean the Trail Days" will take place on three dates: 24 June, 29 July and 19 August. The partners and sponsors of the Epic Bikepark Leogang will support the events with smaller activities.
In the spirit of environment protection, the bike park is also continuing the “Roll Off instead of Tear Off” campaign. With its partner 100%, the Epic Bikepark Leogang offers a free film for the roll-off system on rainy days, as well as a 20% discount on new 100% goggles with the roll-off system from Sport Mitterer – so you have a clear view even in bad weather guaranteed!
"Super event" as part of the UCI Mountain Bike World Series
After two successful mountain bike double header world cups in 2021 and 2022 in the cross-country and downhill disciplines, the Saalfelden Leogang region and the Epic Bikepark Leogang are celebrating a very special premiere this year: in 2023, as part of the newly formed UCI Mountain Bike World Series, Austria's largest bike region will not only welcome the world’s best cross-country and downhill riders to compete for the World Cup victory, but also for the first time the Enduro athletes, who will determine their World Cup winners in the Epic Bikepark Leogang and in Saalbach Hinterglemm. Tickets for this all-weekend mountain bike “super event” are already available and highly sought after, so you better be quick!
"Responding to the enormous number of visitors and the positive feedback from our bike guests, we have again invested in bike infrastructure and created attractive offers for loyal guests. We are particularly looking forward to the opening of the new AlteSchmiede Trail for the second half of the season. This year’s highlight event in will certainly be the super event of the UCI Mountain Bike World Series.” – Kornel Grundner, Managing Director of Leoganger Bergbahnen