Trass descent in Zell am See
The Hahnenkamm slope of the Pinzgau region
Your heart starts racing. The adrenaline rises. A descent with more than four kilometres in length and 70 per cent gradient lies right ahead of you. One thing’s for sure: That can only be the legendary Trass descent!
Facts about the Trass descent
- Length: 4,150 m
- Vertical drop: 1,000 m
- Gradient: up to 70 %
- Start: at the start box on the Schmittenhöhe’s summit
- Finish: trassXpress / Schmittenhöhebahn / Sonnenalmbahn valley station
- Inside tip: On days of fresh snow, head up the mountain with the first cable car at 8:15 and enjoy the powder snow! At 11:00, the descent gets groomed.
Good to know: The Trass descent is a steep slope with a gradient of up to 70 per cent and, thus, not suitable for inexperienced skiers!
Speedy, speedier, Trass descent
The start is at the start box – only a few metres away from Elisabeth Chapel. First, head down blue slope number 1 – past the Panorama Restaurant and the trassXpress mountain station. Keep left and take a turn onto Breiteckalm. Then continue on black slope number 14. From then on, brace yourself!
By the time you reach the finish line, your thighs will be on fire – just like they would in professional skiing. The track ends at the valley station of the Schmittenhöhebahn.
Fascinating: The best time for the descent was accomplished by Manfred Mandler in 2017. He mastered the slope in 3 minutes and 30.27 seconds! Challenge accepted? Then grab a ski pass for the Schmittenhöhe!
Your personal action video of the Trass descent
Rent a GoPro for free at the info centre and record your wild ride down the Trass descent. You’ll receive the video on a memory card against a fee of EUR 25.
“This black descent is – in many ways – rather extreme. Extremely steep, extremely long and extremely unforgiving. That’s just the combination of attributes which make the black Trass descent an absolute first-rate slope for skilled skiers. Slope grooming by way of a cable winch ensures perfect snow conditions. I reserve the privilege for myself to be the first and the last to ski down the descent each year.”