The International Hahnenkamm Race is one of the highlights of the ski racing and this season this legendary race will be celebrating its 80th anniversary.
For three days Kitzbühel is awash with fans, celebrities and sports stars. An outstanding festival atmosphere surrounds the venue, with the spotlight swinging to Kitzbühel’s bars and pubs in the evenings, featuring a variety of side events and parties—and attended by a huge number of celebrities.
And the climax of the Hahnenkamm races weekend is what is considered to be the world’s most challenging downhill ski race: the Streif. Over the past nearly 80 years, this course has been putting skiers to the ultimate test and pushing them to their limits, with only the best in the world able to succeed and claim victory. Millions of spectators in front of television screens all over the globe, from Asia to Europe and right across to America, and up to 100,000 fans at the event venue will witness the event live and watch how legends are born. For skiers, a triumph in the downhill race in Kitzbühel is like winning an Olympic gold medal.
"I would like to congratulate everybody who’s made it down this run. I think we’re all mad!", were the words of the five-time champion Didier Cuche from Switzerland, and perfectly sum up the feeling of conquering the Streif.
The race is held on the Hahnenkamm mountain (the name translates to "Rooster’s Comb"), one of the mountains surrounding the ski resort town of Kitzbühel.
The Hahnenkamm racecourse, is considered one of the most demanding runs of the FIS downhill calendar: the Streif (or the "Stripe").