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Ressort: Events, Freizeit, Sport, Kitzbühel Tourismus - EN
Datum: 21.1.2016
Ort: Kitzbühel

Three Cheers for the Hahnenkamm Race 2016

Up to and including 24th January 2016, all eyes are on Kitzbühel once again when the town provides the setting for a unique Alpine skiing event – and for the 76th time, the world’s best skiers rise to the challenge of the Streif. Here are a few curiosities and interesting facts about one of the greatest sporting spectacles in the world.

Over these days, the Hahnenkamm ski races will take place in Kitzbühel for the 76th time. Interestingly, the first races on Kitzbühel’s “house mountain” were held in 1931. Since then, the downhill on the Streif, the slalom on the Ganslernhang slope and the combined event have always been fixed points on the Kitzbühel skiing calendar. The Super-G has also been held on the Streif since the nineties.

Did you know?

The Streif downhill course starts at 1,665 metres above sea level on the Hahnenkamm slope and ends after 3,312 metres on the “Rasmusleitn”, 805 metres above sea level and in close proximity to the town. The steepest section is at the beginning of the track referred to as the Mausefalle (mousetrap), which has a gradient of 85%. Competitors have flown up to 80 metres off the jump at the Mausefalle and reached top speeds of over 140 km/h in the Zielschuss compression.

The requirements used to mark and secure the track are more than 10,000 metres of spectator fences, 2,000 metres of slip fencing (various heights with special safety poles), 1,300 metres of high safety nets, 4,000 metres of stopper fencing (2 metres high, on special safety poles) and 1,000 metres of Willy Bags (various sizes). More than 1,450 people are involved in making the race happen. The Kitzbüheler Ski Club (KSC) has been organising the Hahnenkamm Race (HKR) since 1931.
The Kitzbüheler Ski Club’s elite skiers have so far achieved precisely 53 medals at the Winter Olympic Games and World Championships. On the Streif and Ganslern slopes, not only sports history but also skiing history has been written. For example, the Alpine Ski World Cup of the International Ski Federation (FIS) was discussed for the first time on the 20th January 1966 at the Seidlalm.

An Event Beyond Compare

In Kitzbühel, the Hahnenkamm event is the sporting and social highlight of the year. The town becomes a massive party venue, attracting journalists and international celebrities to the Alpine sports metropolis. The television images of a wintry Kitzbühel go around the globe, with the race also being shown in Brazil, Iceland, Korea and the Netherlands for the first time this year.

Hahnenkamm Weekend Programme

Friday, 22nd January 2016
11.45 am: Hahnenkamm Super-G from the Streifalm
4.45 pm: Hahnenkamm Combined Slalom on the Ganslern
6.30 pm: Award ceremony and Downhill draw in the finish area

Saturday, 23rd January 2016
11.45 am: Hahnenkamm Downhill on the Streif
2.00 pm: KitzCharityTrophy in the finish area
6.00 pm: Award ceremony and Slalom draw in the finish area
Followed by: “Hahnenkamm Race 2016“ fireworks

Sunday, 24th January 2016
10.30 am: Hahnenkamm Slalom on the Ganslern, 1st Run
1.30 pm: Hahnenkamm Slalom on the Ganslern, 2nd Run
Followed by: Prize giving in the finish area

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Kitzbühel: view to the legendary Streif

Photo: Andreas Tischler (print free of charge)

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In Kitzbühel, the Hahnenkamm event is the sporting and social highlight of the year.

Photo: Thilo Brunner (print free of charge)

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