Photo Story: Casey Brown & Kathi Kuypers Lay First Tracks on an Austrian Freeride Line

Feb 15, 2022 at 0:55
by Christoph Bayer  



With the bike park opening in June 2022, there will be a new line available in Sölden, Austria. It’s called the “Olm Volle Line”, which translates into “always full-gas”. Casey Brown and Kathi Kuypers, the two Trek riders have already checked it out.

Kathi Kuypers & Casey Brown spent some days in Sölden, Austria last year to check the all new Olm Volle Line.

If you’re looking for an Alpine riding destination with a huge variety of trails and stunning views, Sölden should definitely be on your list. If you’ve never heard of the mountain village, go and check out the destination showcase here on Pinkbike. It used to be the case that riders who want to go big wouldn’t have found what they were looking for. However, that’s set to change next year with the Olm Volle Line.



The Olm Volle Line starts with a mandatory feature. If you can’t clear that gap, don’t even think about entering the line.


What looks like a piece of art is one of the hardest trails that Sölden has to offer.
It’s not the size of the features but how close they follow on each other. Most jumps have gaps and you have to know where to land.

The biggest feature is the more than vertical wallride.



From perfectly shaped corners straight into a very open section with lots of line choice options.

Never again will the dirt look so perfect
Just look at that corner…


Track Walk Olm Volle Line

The Olm Volle Line is a double black diamond, machine- and hand-built trail. It was designed together with the trail building legend Glen Jacobs who is the mastermind behind the trails in Derby, Australia. It’s no wonder that the new line is steep and fast. But what makes the Olm Volle line special is how technical some of the features are. You shouldn’t just roll in blind and wing it. A track walk is very much recommended. And that is exactly how Casey’s and Kathy’s first day on the Olm Volle Line started. Sölden will build a path right next to the line, that the rider can check the Olm Volle Line without staying on track.


Just after the last two corners in the upper section


Leo Linser is the man behind the Olm Volle Line. During the track walk, he explained the whole process that goes into building such a track.




Casey and Kathi on Track

The two Trek riders spent a full day checking out the new Olm Volle Line. They sessioned the different features and then linked it all together afterwards. During the test session, they also gave feedback on how to optimize certain elements and the trail team have already got to work on making the changes. For example, a compression before a takeoff got filled up and an overly short jump will get removed. Without a doubt, the highlight of the track was the big booter on the lower part of the line. There’s a long corner followed by two jumps to check your speed before you get airborne on the big sender. After the landing, you’ll be faced with two corners that generate high g-forces before you enter a very open section with lots of line choices.

Guess the direction of the next corner…


The new Olm Volle Lines combines various features from big berms and hip jumps to drops.



bigquotesBe humble, this track is gnarly!Casey Brown

No fun at all…

The biggest jump on the Olm Volle Line has an appropriately large landing

There are a few millimeters of travel left
The stoke is real! Everybody knows the feeling of hitting a feature for the first time



A huge corner followed by a small hip jump and a fast rhythm section







Right now, the Olm Volle Line is covered in meters of snow. Sölden will open the line when the bike park opens in June 10th this year.



38 Comments

  • 50 3
 Love the fact that this is being promoted by getting two bad ass women to session it, times they are a changing !!!!
  • 7 0
 Must be so nice to live somewhere that people actually know how to build lift-accessed flow trails. I know it was when I did!
  • 1 0
 does angraflat have them?
  • 2 0
 @bozomichael: Lol Angraflat is not lift accessed, it's just a small trail centre. If Whistler is an F350 Angraflat is a toy car. There are two places in the country which have lifts, neither has a decent flow trail.
  • 2 0
 @redrook: WC at Ft. william is perfectly flowy....you just have to have the cajones to ride it fast enough. Smile
  • 1 0
 @conoat: Haha yeah if you can just jump all the rocks and roots you can hit only the flow parts. If you close your eyes you can imagine you're jumping tabletops too.
  • 6 0
 Such a sick trail!!! props to these ladies for sending it! i know i wouldnt
  • 2 0
 Lol love the little wink: "Here take a little push from Jesus to complete this gnarly trail"
It looks amazing as well as the whole scenery behind !
  • 3 0
 That squirrel catcher though. I'd like to see of a video of that. Looks big
  • 1 0
 @robito Squirrel catcher = Jerry mitt?
  • 1 0
 Hope to see a vid of these ladies sessioning the trail! I was lucky enough to spend a week Sölden snowboarding with some friends January 2016. One of the best times of my life. The summer activities look amazing there.
  • 3 0
 This is awesome. Beautiful shots, great track.
  • 3 0
 A trail building masterpiece!
  • 1 0
 It's a shame Nevis Range can't do something even 10% this good when they try to build a flow trail.
  • 1 2
 @redrook: It's not really a fair comparison! The Sölden lift company (just the lifts, not the hotels etc) has annual revenues of over €50 million and the valley generates the most tourism stays in Austria outside Vienna. Nevis, even before corona, only generated revenues of £2-3 million a year and (according to Companies House records) seems to frequently operate at a loss.
  • 2 0
 @clarky999: I'm not making a comparison. I'm not at all saying they should build what they have at Sölden. I'm saying that they don't know how to build a flow trail. Any flow trail. If you go and ride the blue trail they have just built you will see immediately that it would have cost no more to build it correctly. It is not about the money, believe me.
  • 1 0
 @clarky999: redrook is right, the Nevis "flow" trail is a total mess. It's pretty awesome lower down (where it can be accessed by riding up) but the lift-accessed part (most of it) is really poor. I agree it's not about money, there are basics wrong, bizarre lines and really poor/no berms etc. They rushed to get it open for last season and it really shows. Hopefully they are fixing it but some parts need re-routing because they f*cked up the line.
  • 1 0
 @redrook: fair enough!
  • 1 0
 @redrook: Ha, ok I 100% see what you mean! Lower part through the trees looks sick, but not a single berm on the upper? Weird. And despite the comments on that vid, that definitely makes it harder and sketchier for noobs (like me Wink ) too.

Though he does also note that lack of resources/time played a part...
  • 2 0
 @clarky999: He's speculating, but they for sure rushed to open it, which is not the same as lacking resources, they just set themselves an unrealistic timeframe. It also doesn't explain the poor line choices.
  • 1 0
 @clarky999: If you're a noob I wouldn't be so quick to correct others about how trails should be built Wink
  • 1 0
 @Quartz: if I'd done that you'd have a point, but I didn't so... Wink

My comment merely pointed out that Nevis have less than 10% of the resources that Sölden do (Nevis revenue is ~5% of Sölden, profit even less) so expecting similar standards isn't exactly fair. Which is not to say that Nevis couldn't/shouldn't have done a better job; I've already agreed with what you've both said there *shrug*
  • 1 0
 @clarky999: Nobody mentioned similar standards though, in fact "something even 10% this good" was exactly what was said. Nevis host a World Cup every year, they should be able to build a functioning flow trail.
  • 1 0
 Do they rate their trails differently in Europe? Because if that’s only rated a single black I’m scared to see what double blacks look like there.
  • 1 0
 Depends on the resort but yes in some places a red would be equivalent to a Whister black (because Whis doesn't have a red grade), and black would be a double black.
  • 1 0
 amazing shots. was panning on norway this summer. now i'm not so suuuuuuuuure
  • 1 0
 A separate track walk is a good thing! Stupid question maybe, but where do you leave your bike then?
  • 1 0
 In the salon de coiffure
  • 1 0
 @KoenR not sure if the stated it as I didn´t read the article - there will be/already is a second line next to it where you can go down with your bike and have a look at everything without disturbing people on track
  • 1 0
 Solden is one of the places I'll be visiting on a road trip this summer, is 3 days enough to ride most of it?
  • 2 0
 Yeah definitely
  • 1 0
 @bashhard: Thanks
  • 1 0
 is that bayer of enduro mag fame?
  • 1 0
 t think so
  • 1 0
 Look in his photo album for even more epic shots of this trail
  • 2 1
 Love MTB!!
  • 1 0
 Dream ride...





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