Guide to Hahnenkamm Downhill Ski Race
For the “deadliest downhill in the world” head to Kitzbuhel and enjoy the thrills and spills of the Hahnenkamm Races.
First held in 1931, and a fixture of the men’s World Cup since its inception in 1967, the Hahnenkamm is legendary. Taking place over a week, the races include the disciplines of Super-G, downhill and slalom. The course, known as the Streif, is considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world.
About The Hahnenkaam
Due to the diversity of its terrain, the Streif is regarded as the ultimate challenge. From high-speed jumps and steep slopes, to flat-out gliding sections, curves, compressions, spectacular bumps and even a short uphill section, the Streif has it all.
After launching out of the start, racers go from 0 to 55 mph in 8.5 seconds, plunging 805 metres of vertical in less than two minutes. The steepest point, known as the Mausefalle, has a gradient of 85 per cent and an 80-metre jump - even the best get injured here. If you clear the Mausefalle then you have to tackle the Steilhang, a narrow steep rock slope with teeth-chattering bumps, where you have to fight against the gravity of the hill not to end up in the netting. To make it to the bottom of the slope you then have to conquer the Zielschuss, a final jump taken at about 85-90 mph - not for the faint-hearted.
Tickets to the races can be purchased at all race entrance points on race days, giving access to the event finish area as well as alongside the entire racecourse. The finish area gives spectactors the opportunity to see the final 35 seconds of the race live as well as keep up to date with all the latest information. There are seven video walls and scoreboards, comprehensive entertainment and numerous food and drink stalls on site. The entire ski area (besides the Streif and Ganslern courses) is open during race week and there is up to 215 km of terrain to explore.
The Hahnenkamm attracts an average of 90,000 people to the former mining town of Kitzbuhel. With inspiring mountain views and a quaint, car-free centre with cobbled streets, Kitzbuhel has developed into a fashionable winter resort.
Where to Stay?Luxury Chalets in Kitzbuhel
Situated just 50 metres from the start line of the famous race, Hahnenkamm Lodge offers ski-in/ski-access and mesmerising panoramic views. Set over four floors, the chalet has a stylish open plan living area with a bar and access to an expansive terrace.
The lodge has five beautiful bedrooms which include striking bathtubs and fireplaces. Relaxation can be found in the spa area which features a steam bath, Finnish pine sauna and relaxation area with loungers.
Offering ski-in/ski-out access and spectacular views, Chalet Vic is one of the most sought-after chalets in Kitzbuhel. Ideal for a family holiday, the chalet has a chic yet cosy design with a charming living room with fireplace, dining area seating 10 and an open plan kitchen with breakfast bar.
After a day on the slopes, the chalet welcomes you into its spa area complete with bio-light sauna, outdoor hot tub and lounge area. Four bedrooms accommodate six adults and two children in complete comfort.
With a beautiful private setting surrounded by magnificent mountain views, Mountain Hacienda is one of the most impressive properties in the resort. Just 15 minutes from the centre of Kitzbuhel, the chalet provides an incredible 1,100m² of living space for up to 18 guests. There is a spacious open plan living area, numerous dining areas and various terraces.
The highlight however has to be the glorious spa complete with indoor/outdoor swimming pool. There's also a Technogym, KLAFS sauna and a cosy TV room for further relaxation. Nine sumptuous bedrooms feature luxurious box spring beds, Porta Romana lighting and large windows with terraces ensuring the mountain are never far away.
Experience the Hahnenkaam and stay in one of our luxury chalets in Kitzbühel