Successful 2nd edition of the Freeski World Rookie Fest 2020 at Nordkette Skyline Park (Innsbruck)

Sunshine welcomed riders last weekend at the 2nd edition of the Freeski World Rookie Fest at Nordkette Skyline Park above Innsbruck. From 14th – 16th of February the best up-and-coming riders showed their skills in the Slopestyle course. In both categories– Groms (born 2005 and younger) and Rookies (born 2002 – 2004) – riders tried to snatch a spot on the podium and therefore a ticket for the World Rookie Tour Final 2020 at Seiser Alm. Additionally the Austrian Junior Champions got crowned.

During the qualification on Saturday the 35 kids and teenagers were greeted with sunshine. Riders showcased high level riding in the perfectly prepared slopestyle course with a spectacular view of Innsbruck, which doesn’t not only wow tourists, but also locals every time. The young Freeski riders had two runs each, with the better one counting for the result. Same format also applied on Sunday for the finals. The biggest challenge here was the wind in the 2nd run, but this didn’t daunt the boys and girls to showcase their best riding.

15-years-old Daniel Bacher, one of Austria’s great hopes for the future, dominated the Rookie competition and repeated his victory from last season. He went into finals with a lot of confidence and convinced with his 2nd run with a Frontside Switch-Up at the first rail, a Switch Ride Cork 540 Mute Grab and a Left Double Cork 1080 Safety Grab on the jumps and a Backslide 450 with Tail Tap at the last rail feature. Only Matej Svancer (CZE), who claimed a Gold medal in Big Air at the Youth Olmypic Games in Lausanne in January, came close to him, but Daniel’s execution was cleaner with more flow and that meant 1st place for him. Matej ended up 2nd and Gian Andri Bolinger (SUI) completed the podium as 3rd. At the Groms category, Swiss Fradri Rhyner was celebrating his win with 2nd placed Andreas Penz (AUT) and Timothe Roche (FRA) in 3rd. The girls winner is Muriel Mohr from Germany. All riders on the podium were rewarded with a ticket for the Freeski World Rookie Tour Final in March. The winner additionally received an „All-round carefree package“ with accommodation, meals and lift tickets. Since 2005 the World Rookie Tour, which includes dozens of events globally, offers young freestyle talents the opportunity to collect competition experience.

Austrian Junior Championships
Also The Austrian Junior Champions were determined last weekend. Daniel Bacher (youth) and Andreas Penz (pupils) entered the podium a 2nd time on Sunday and were very happy about the titles.

Austrian Freeski Days
The Austria Ski Federation (ÖSV) hosted the Austrian Freeski Days over the weekend. Interested kids and teenagers had the possibility to learn first freestyle steps with the help of the experienced Freeski Austria coaches. This winter the tour includes 17 stops across Austria with over 500 participants between 8-16 years.

The 2nd edition of the Freeski World Rookie Fest in Innsbruck is a wrap. Thank you to partners Marker, Völkl, TSG, Therese Mölk, Innsbruck, Blue Tomato, Freeski Austria, Level and to host resort Nordkette.

Results Grom Girls:

  1. Muriel Mohr, GER
  2. Kim Dumont Zanella, FRA

Results Grom Men:

  1. Fadri Rhyner, SUI
  2. Andreas Penz, AUT
  3. Timothe Roch, FRA

Results Rookie Men:

  1. Daniel Bacher, AUT
  2. Matej Svancer, CZE
  3. Gian Andri Bolinger, SUI

Austrian Junior Champions:
Daniel Bacher – Jugend Andreas Penz – Schüler

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Freeski World Rookie Fest – Innsbruck

Nordkette Skyline Park (Innsbruck, Austria) hosts second edition of Freeski World Rookie Fest 2020 from February 14th – 16th, 2020

The second edition of the World Rookie Fest 2020 is kicking off this Friday and preparations are running at full speed to provide best conditions at Nordkette Skyline Park above Innsbruck for the up-and-coming Freeski generation from all across the world. From February 14th – 16th Nordkette Skyline Park hosts the Slopestyle competition where riders compete for titles, but also for tickets for the Freeski World Rookie Tour finals later on this season at Seiser Alm (ITA). The local riders will also compete for the „Austrian Junior National Champion“ titles.

Riders – The Freeski World Rookie Fest in Innsbruck serves as platform for young riders (born January 1st, 2002 and younger) to collect contest experience and joins the ranks of global events, which culminate with the World Rookie Tour finals. Many stars of today competed in the World Rookie Tour in the early years of their careers. All eyes will be on the Austrian riders this weekend. On one hand the Austrian Junior National Champions are determined, on the other hand Daniel Bacher is trying to defend his title from last year (winner Grom category 2019). Since his victory last year his star is rising, he just participated at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne (Switzerland) last January and is one of the future hopes for the Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV). Among the other participants is also a strong Swiss team, which will prove with their most promising young talents, why some of the world’s best Freeskiers come from its ranks. An exciting Slopestyle competition is guaranteed.


Friday, February 14th, 2020:
10.00 am – 3 pm         Training

Saturday, February 15th, 2020:
09.00 am – 10.30 am   Training
10.30 am – 3 pm         Qualification 1 (Rookies) & 2 (Groms/Girls)

Sunday, February 16th, 2020:
11.00 am – 12.00 pm  Training
12.00 pm – 2 pm         Finals
3 pm                            Awards Ceremony
10.00 am – 1 pm         Freeski Days by Austrian Freeski

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The Freeski World Rookie Fest 2020 returns to Innsbruck, Austria

After a successful premiere last season, the Freeski World Rookie Fest 2020 is returning to Innsbruck for the 2nd edition of the event.
The Nordkette Skyline Park above Innsbruck will be the place to be for the young and upcoming Freeski generation from all over the world from February 14th – 16th, 2020.
They all will participate in the Slopestyle competition to secure their ticket for the Freeski World Rookie Finals at Seiser Alm (ITA) later on this season. The Top 3 athletes in each category will be qualified for the Finals. The best girl and best boy will be invited to the Finals for free.
Registration is now open The Freeski World Rookie Fest in Innsbruck is an event for all young riders who would like to gain contest experience. For those who are dreaming about a professional Freeski career as well as for those who just wanna have fun together with other youngsters on the mountain. Come and join! All riders born on 1st January 2002 and younger are invited to participate.
Next to the qualification for the Freeski World Rookie Finals, riders can earn FIS-Junior points. For Austrian riders, the World Rookie Fest also counts as the Austrian Junior National Championships. Interested riders can find registration information here or contact



In last year’s edition, all participants showed that the future of the sport is in good hands. The premiere edition 2019 saw two Austrian winners with Nicco Huber as Rookie Winner (under 19 years) and Daniel Bacher as Grom Winner (under 16 years). Let’s see if they will be able to defend their titles against competitors from across the world.

Additionally to the action on the mountain, the World Rookie Fest provides lots of interesting side-events.
The Austrian Freeski Days are taking place on Sunday, Feb. 16th, where the Austrian Freeski federation provides coaches for everyone who wants to learn their first freestyle basics. For registration please head to On Saturday evening all contest participants are invited to join the so-called “Feld-Schule”, here kids will learn how to use food in a more sustainable way to reduce the impact on mother earth. Kids will cook meals from food which supermarkets are not selling anymore due to e.g. best-before dates and will enjoy the meals together.


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2019.20 World Rookie Tour Freesking – Calendar
Summer Rookie Jam // Les 2 Alpes . FRA // 13-20.07.2019 // SS/BA/HP – DONE
NZ Rookie Fest // Cadrona . NZL // 14-17.08.2019 // SS/HP – DONE
NZ Show Down Rookie Fest // Cadrona. NZL // 04-06.10.2019 // SS/BA/HP – DONE
Colorado Rookie Fest // Vail . USA // 26.01.2020 // HP
REV TOUR Rookie Fest // Mammoth Mountain. USA // 05-06.02.2020 // SS/HP
Colorado Rookie Fest // Keystone A51 . USA // 09.02.2020 // SS
Balkan Rookie Fest // Sofia . BUL // 13-16.02.2020 // SS
Innsbruck Rookie Fest // Innsbruck, Skyline Park. AUT // 14-16.02.2020 //SS
Ursus Rookie Fest // Madonna di Campiglio. ITA // 15-19.03.2020 // SS
Kronplatz Rookie Fest // Kronplatz. ITA // 20-22.03.2020 // SS
World Rookie Finals // Seiser Alm. ITA // 23-27.3.2020 // SS

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