For the first few turns, most skiers are still feeling brave so they try to go fast. But they quickly realize that in order to tackle the legendary Piste No. 34, they will need to slow down and be a lot more cautious. This is definitely not your average descent. It's the Harakiri Run – and it demands respect. With a grade of up to 78 percent, it's for experts only, and for most of them, it’s the highlight of their day, if not of their entire winter holiday.
Are you ready for the Harakiri Run? Still not sure if you can handle it? Then try out Piste No. 12, the not-so-extreme Devil’s Run, first. The steep part at the end is known among the locals as the "Harakiri Test." If you can make it down that slope, you are ready to tackle Austria's steepest slope adventure!
- The Harakiri Run, Piste No. 34, is located on Action Mountain Penken, or, more specifically, in the Horbergtal below the 6-person Knorren Chairlift
- It opened in the 2003–2004 winter season
- The overall length of the Harakiri is 2 km
- The actual steep part is about 400 meters long
- Preparing the slope with artificial snow is very complicated, because the snow tends to slide down the slope
- Grooming the slope is only possible with a winch and a special snow groomer that has a 430-horsepower engine, a weight of 9 tons, and a pulling force of 4 tons
- A free photo shoot takes place every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. All photos of your downhill adventure can be downloaded for free.