<p>For the “deadliest downhill in the world” head to Kitzbuhel and enjoy the thrills and spills of the Hahnenkamm Races.</p>
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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.

Resort Guides
Published at: 5 Oct 2018
Last updated at: 9 Nov 2023

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.

Serena Norton
Serena Norton

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.

Fireplace at Hahnenkamm Lodge in Kitzbuhel

Hahnenkaam Lodge

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.

Living room at Chalet Vic in Kitzbuhel

Chalet Vic

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.

The Peaks dining room

The Peaks

With a beautiful setting surrounded by magnificent mountain views, The Peaks is one of the most impressive chalets' in the resort. Just 7 minutes from the centre of Kitzbuhel, the chalet provides accommodation for up to 12 guests. There is a spacious open-plan living area with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the magnificent views.

There are four king-size bedrooms, including the spacious master suite which has its own dressing area and oval floor-standing bathtub, and a fifth bedroom with a sofa bed. After a day on the mountain, relax in the sauna and steam room or watch a movie in the cinema room.