My Favourite Ski Runs In Tirol V: The Streif, Kitzbühel

In a series like this, dedicated to my favorite runs in Tirol, I could not miss an article dedicated to the most famous ski slope in the world: The Streif.

The Streif. Kitzbühel. Picture: Ski Paradise

When the month of January arrives, we, fans of the ski world, prepare to attend to one of the highlights of the ski racing season: The International Hahnenkamm Race.

International Hahnenkamm Race, Kitzbühel. Picture:Kitzski. Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel

The International Hahnenkamm 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 racecourse, The Streif is considered one of the most demanding runs of the FIS Downhill calendar.

Kitzbühel is a medieval town and a ski resort located in the Kitzbühel Alps along the river Kitzbüheler Ache, only 95 kilometers east of Innsbruck and 120 km from Munich.

Kitzbühel has always epitomised the perfect combination of sport and lifestyle.

The historic town centre offers a variety of exclusive shopping opportunities ranging from international brands right through to local dressmakers.

The town is also home to more than 13 award-winning restaurants and a multitude of Tyrolean mountain huts and traditional inns serving traditional local cuisine.

The Kitzbühel / Kirchberg ski area, or Kitzski, nestles between the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Hahnenkamm, and also the Pengelstein and Resterhöhe, between 800 and 2000 metres altitude. From the legendary 'Streif' ski run, to pistes ideal for beginners, the ski area around Kitzbühel has 57 cable cars and lifts giving access to 234 km of pistes, including 119 cover by a modern snow-making system, and 36 km of ski routes. As well as variety-packed pistes, countless 'gmiatliche' (= cozy) ski lodges right at the ski runs tempt you in for some refreshments.

Restaurant Hochkitzbühel. Picture: Ski Paradise