Trass descent
in Zell am See

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! 

The Trass on the Schmittenhöhe

Four of the 77 kilometres of slopes pack quite the punch: those of the Trass descent. This black slope isn’t for the faint-hearted! Strong calves are definitely an advantage if you decide to conquer the Trass! It’s one of the longest black descents of the Salzburger Land region and definitely one of the most challenging slopes in terms of endurance and strength. 

Are you ready to master the Trass descent? Off you go then!

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.”

Slope Boss Josef Pichler