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The famous Hahnenkamm race 2020 in Kitzbühel is fast approaching. For your Kizbuhel luxury chalet holiday, look no further than the Hahnenkamm Lodge, the perfect ski chalet to watch this amazing race. Just 50m to the start line or watch the racers flying by from the balconies.
The History of the Kitzbuhel Hahnenkamm
Known as The Streif, named after the farmer of the meadow at the top of the race, is in its 80th year. This iconic downhill race takes place 24th – 26th January 2020. The first international race took place in 1931 and over the years the best skiers in the world have tried, with many failing, to race the most difficult downhill in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup calendar.
There have been some iconic winners over the years, many are skiing household names, and they will go down as skiing heroes. Take the gondola and you will see the winners names on the bubbles with probably the most famous of them all being Franz Klammer, the Austrian who won the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel 4 times. The Frenchman Jean-Claude Killy, however, beats even Klammer by winning 7 times. He became so famous that the ski area of Val d’Isere and Tignes is named in his honour as L’Espace Killy.
Hahnenkamm men’s downhill race, The Streif, has to be THE big one to win for the world’s top ski racers. The start of the race at an altitude of 1,665m drops to the valley floor after a vertical descent of over 800m in the fastest time of 1:51.58 minutes, set by Fritz Strobi, with an average speed of 103km/h. With a 51 percent start the racers reach the mousetrap jump in just 8 seconds and take off for 80m, making it the longest jump on the course.
The timetable is currently set with the Super-G taking place on Friday 24th Jan 2020. The highlight of this amazing Kitzbuhel ski event being the Downhill, starting at 11.30am on the Saturday 25th, with the two slalom courses on the Sunday finishing off the weekend of racing. The Kitzbuhel parties will no doubt continue throughout the night.
Outside race times, The Streif can be tackled by good intermediate skiers, with less experienced skiers able to miss out the most difficult areas and take the Rd 21 piste. Only expert skiers should tackle the parts that are marked as “extreme winter routes”.
The Hahnenkamm Chalet in Kitzbuhel
When looking a Kitzbuhel chalet to rent for this most famous of races, there is only one place that fits the bill, the aptly named Hahnenkamm Lodge.
The unique location is unparalleled, just step out the chalet and you are on the slope. There is not a more exclusive view of the skiing stars – just 50m from The Streif start line. Enjoy the Hahnenkamm ski race from the balconies of this wonderful luxury Kitzbuhel chalet, away from the crowds of spectators which can amass to 85,000 over the weekend.
This ultra luxury chalet can accommodate 12 guests in 5 suites, truly unique being that it is accessed only by the Hahnenkamm gondola. Numerous bespoke services include the personalised support from the Hahnenkamm Lodge team with private chef, a comprehensive selection of international wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, ski passes and many other comforts and amenities for your luxury ski holiday in Kitzbuhel.
Unbelievably, Hahnenkamm Lodge is still available to book from the 18th – 26th Jan at a price of € 96,000 EUR. This is your opportunity to book this Kitzbuhel luxury chalet and immerse yourself in the Hahnenkamm ski racing. Call us on +44 1202 203653 or you can send us an email for this once in a lifetime opportunity!