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Let's Figln on the Nordkette, Innsbruck


Figln Season on the Nordkette, Innsbruck.
Figln Season on the Nordkette, Innsbruck. Picture: Ski Paradise

When the snow conditions are no longer ideal for skiing in spring, the Figln season begins.  


Figl is the short form of firn gliders a kind of short ski-like boards that are ideal for spring snow conditions. They are an invention of the Innsbruck Ing. Johann Heinrich, who patented the Figl in the middle of the 20th century. He submitted his invention to the patent office on September 3, 1946. The Patent specification was issued on August 21, 1952. This document contained at that time already profiles for the production of metal fiber gliders. He patented his idea in four Alpine states (Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany).

Henrich was the leader of the youth team of the Innsbruck branch of the Austrian Alpine Club. His comrades were the first to see his invention at the Nordkette.

The Figln is a legendary highlight in the spring calendar on the Nordkette in Innsbruck.


The firn gliders are around 50 to 60 cm long. They are made from light metal sheet or wood. The firn gliders are available in two different binding variants. The traditional universal binding is suitable for all standard mountain or hiking boots. The plate binding is manufactured for use with ski touring or ski boots and requires adjustment to the respective shoe size.

When skiing with firn gliders, in contrast to conventional skiing technology, you use a strong back position and control the firn gliders more by shifting your weight forward and backward.



Figln Season on the Nordkette, Innsbruck.
Figln Season on the Nordkette, Innsbruck. Picture: Ski Paradise

The Figl season starts on the Nordkette every year from April 1st.

Figl skis can be rented directly from the ski school office at the Seegrube station at the Ski & Snowboard School Innsbruck.


Figln Season on the Nordkette, Innsbruck.
Figln Season on the Nordkette, Innsbruck. Picture: Ski Paradise

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