Skiing Tradition

Kitzbühel, the most legendary city of sports in the Alps, nestled between the Kitzbüheler Horn and the well-known Hahenkamm. A place where tradition meets glamour. This fashionable Alpine resort is famous for its unique charm and historical centre. Excellent hotels, restaurants, boutiques and bars populate this winter destination. Surrounded by beautiful nature it’s the perfect holiday location for young and old.

Come January heads are turned as the annual Hahnenkamm downhill race takes place on the "Streif". This January, the 78th Hahnenkamm races take place from 14th to 21st January 2018. Undoubtedly the Streif downhill is the most famous ski race in the world, it’s the most challenging on the World Cup circuit. Each year the best skiers on the planet meet in Kitzbühel, to take on the legendary course. They see the Streif, as the ultimate challenge, which can be mastered only with perfect technique and extraordinary courage. Outside of the race weekend, the run is open to the public for the rest of the season and used for hiking in summer.

Did you know…

15th March 2018 marks 125 years to the day since Franz Reisch skied down the Kitzbüheler Horn, the first ever ski descent from the Kitzbüheler Horn. In the first issue of the magazine "The snowshoe", from 1st November 1893, Franz Reisch describes his experiences, thus providing the first Alpine ski text. Photographs from the early days of skiing in Kitzbühel were provided by Josef Herold. It’s thought that this was the trigger for the unprecedented development of the Alpine town into a Mecca of skiing. In 1895 people started to make skiing trips together and arranged regular ski races. Hand in hand came the development of winter tourism. The first apartments were leased, hotels opened and first commercial ski lessons started. 1902 saw the establishment of the famous Kitzbühel Ski Club (KSC), also organiser of the Hahnenkamm races.

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