13 January 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Hahnenkamm 2018

Hahnenkamm 2018

It's the world’s most demanding skiing competition! On January 20, 2018, the legendary Hahnenkamm Races will return for the 78th time to the Streif at Austria’s Kitzbühel ski resort. Thousands of spectators are expected to cheer on the professional ski racers at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup this year in the super G, slalom and downhill categories. Particularly notorious for its steepness and shady tendency to turn to ice at the slightest notice, the Streif downhill course might just be the most revered race in the world. If you need us, we’ll be watching Streif: One Hell of a Ride to get in the mood!

The Streif Downhill: One of the most dangerous descents in the world

Hardly any other ski race track in the Alps is as steep and as dangerous as Kitzbühel’s Streif. The start of the 3312-meter-long downhill run is 1665 meters high and, with a gradient of around 50 percent, it’s the second-steepest start in the FIS World Cup. And that’s just the beginning. In the notorious mousetrap section, ski racers must battle gradients of up to 85% and fly as much as 60 metres before touching the ground again. Professional racers reach speeds of up to 130km/h on this section. Austrian skier Fritz Strobl broke the Streif record in 1997 with a time of 1:51:58, making for an average speed of 107km/h. However, it’s Michael Walchhofer, also Austrian, who reached the highest speed to date on the Streif: 153km/h, back in 2006.

Video: Interactive 360° view of the Streif - control the panorama with your mouse or keyboard!

Hahnenkamm schedule, tickets and prices

Kitzbühel will host a week-long celebration with numerous events, parties and four World Cup races on the Streif and the Ganslernhang pistes. The famous Streif downhill will be held on the Saturday. Please note that the following program may be subject to changes. Get tickets >

Monday, January 15, 2018
17:00 Race opening day in Kitzbühel

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
10:00 Hahnenkamm Juniors (Ganslern)
11:30 Downhill training (Streif)
13:00 Hahnenkamm Juniors (Ganslern) followed by awards ceremony

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
11:30 Downhill training (Streif)

Thursday, January 18, 2018
11:30 Downhill training (Streif)

Friday, January 19, 2018
10:30 Entertainment (Finish area)
11:30 Hahnenkamm Super-G (Streifalm – tickets from €25)
14:45 Slalom warm-up (Ganslern)
18:00 Downhill draw (Finish area)
18:30 Super-G awards ceremony (Finish area)

Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:30 Entertainment (Finish area)
11:30 Hahnenkamm Downhill (Streif - tickets from €30)
14:00 KitzCharity Tropy (Finish area)
18:00 Slalom draw (Finish area)
18:30 Downhill awards ceremony (Finish area), after-party and fireworks Hahnenkamm 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018
10:00 Entertainment (Finish area SL)
10:30 Hahnenkamm Slalom (Ganslern – tickets from €25)
13:00 Entertainment (Finish area SL)
13:30 Hahnenkamm Slalom (Ganslern), followed by awards ceremony (Finish area SL)

Ski racers can jump as long as 60m during the run

Ski racers can jump as long as 60m during the run © Kitzbühel Ski Club

Getting there: Practical info about Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Alps. The KitzSki area offers over 170km of slopes, two snow parks and some wonderful off-piste skiing terrain. With no shortage of mountain huts, cafés and pubs, the après-ski scene is also top-notch. Kitzbühel can be reached via Munich, Salzburg or Innsbruck airports, the latter of which has direct train links to the ski resort. You may choose to rent a car from the airport but as car parks will be at their capacity during race week, you’ll have to leave it in the free car park at Kirchberg or Oberndorf and take the free shuttle train to the ski area.

Finish line at Kitzbühel

Finish line at Kitzbühel © Kitzbühel Ski Club

Is there enough snow for the Hahnenkamm races?

It wouldn’t be the first time the Hahnenkamm has been plagued with snow-doubts. Indeed, the legendary race has already been cancelled six times due to the weather, and in other instances the race track has been shortened or altered. However, FIS Race Director Hannes Trinkl gave the go-ahead on January 5 after an extensive inspection of the snow conditions. It appears we can look forward to the 78th Hahnenkamm Races this week! Snow report >

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!

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