Expect gravity-defying stunts from the world's best boarders at Air + Style Snowboard Contest in Innsbruck.
- When? TBC Feb 2018
- Where? OlympiaWorld, Innsbruck
- Price: TBC - was around €89 in 2017
The Ring of Glory may sound like a dodgy university drinking game but it's actually one of the snowboarding world's most prestigious wins. Every year, the planet's best boarders battle it out for this coveted winter sports title, at the Opel Air + Style Snowboard contest in Innsbruck.
This year, the stakes got even higher. The brand new ramp and venue (Olympiaworld made its debut in 2016) is not for the faint-hearted - the big air jump, which was especially constructed for the event, attracts only the best. To add to the pressure, the event is watched by tens of thousands of spectators, who flock to Innsbruck each year for the party atmosphere and epic competition. The event also has a large international following and sister contests are held in LA and Beijing each year.
Alongside some seriously gravity-defying stunts, visitors are also given the chance to party to some of the world's biggest festival names. After a day of contest watching, the festival turns decidedly après-ski, with two massive stages (indoor and out) plus after parties that go on until 5am. The 2016 lineup included Rudimental, Sido and Sum 41.
If you're a die-hard winter sports fan, then you may want to get to the contest a few days early. There are several warm-up board and ski events at the nearby resort of Tyrol (direct buses run from the centre of Innsbruck). The contest is also great for all budgets and there are several ticket packages available - from no frills passes to Gold VIP tickets (including backstage access, queue jumps and freebies). And while the contest may be serious, you can bet there'll still be a drinking game (or three) after hours.
- Get there: Travel to OlympiaWorld by train - the closest stations are Innsbruck Hbf. and Innsbruck-Westbahnhof.
- Stay: Find somewhere to stay in the city centre - it is easily navigable.
Visit airandstyle.com for more information.
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