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Hahnenkamm Races: World Cup Highlight in Kitzbühel

Being the absolute highlight of every World Cup season, the Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbühel are set to begin on January 20th 2023 and last until January 22th 2023. Two downhill runs and a slalom are on the program for the 83nd edition. The prize money this year is once again the highest of the entire season: almost one million euros will be distributed in total. The winners of the races alone will each receive just under 100,000 euros.

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Downhill on the Streif

With up to 140 km/h the downhill skiers jump over the last edge to the finish.
With up to 140 km/h the downhill skiers jump over the last edge to the finish. © Kitzbüheler Ski Club

The highlight of the Kitzbühel weekend is the spectacular Streif downhill race, which will take place on Friday, January 20, and Saturday, January 21, starting at 11:30. With jumps of up to 80 meters, maximum inclines of 80% and speeds as fast as 140 kilometers per hour, the course offers as much excitement as one can possibly expect.

Referring to the Mausefalle, Steilhang and Hausbergkante, even 5-time champion Didier Cuche once said „I think we're crazy!“. With bad weather, the course can get extremely dangerous, with severe falls happening frequently on the Streif.

The Streif: dates and facts

slope length3,312 meters
starting pointHahnenkamm mountain station (1,665 meters)
finishing pointRasmusleiten (805 meters)
altitude difference860 meters
maximum speedup to 140 kilometers per hour in the finish area
(average of 103 kilometers per hour during the entire race)
maximum incline85 percent in the Mausefalle
longest jumps80 meters in the Mausefalle and during finishing jump
course record1:51:58 minutes by Fritz Strobl (AUT) in 1997
most winsDidier Cuche (SUI), 5 wins
2022 champion

Beat Feuz (SUI) and Aleksander Kilde (NOR)

price money 2023333.200 CHF (1. Platz: 98.000 CHF, 2. Platz: 49.000 CHF)


By the way: The Streif is open for everyone during the winter. However, they key areas - Mausefalle, Steilhang and Hausbergkante - are extremely icy, so only the most advanced skiers are advised to go there. The „Family Streif“ (Familienstreif) is better suited to intermediate skiers, as it avoids the most difficult parts of the slope.

>> Check out more information on the Kitzbühel ski resort

Slalom skiing at the Ganslernhang

Bumps and edges pose serious challenges to the slalom athletes.
Bumps and edges pose serious challenges to the slalom athletes. © Kitzbüheler Ski Club

A fixed part of the Hahnekamm races is also the slalom. This year it will take place on Sunday, January 22, in Kitzbühel. The 1st run starts at 10.30 a.m., the second run at 1.30 p.m.

International ski races have been held on the Ganslern slope, which takes its name from the Gänsbach stream flowing nearby, since as early as 1937. Even if it doesn't look very steep at first glance, the Ganslern slope in Kitzbühel has it all. Salom specialist Felix Neureuther describes the 590-meter-long course as "treacherous". This is because the terrain contains many edges and bumps, so that no two turns are the same.

Dates and facts about the Slalom race at the Ganslernhang

slope length590 meters 
starting pointmountain station Ganslern-Bahn (1,004 meters)
finishing pointNaturstadion (811 meters)
altitude difference193 meters 
maximum incline70 percent (35 percent average throughout the course)
most winsIngemar Stenmark (SWE), 5 wins 
2022 championDave Ryding (GBR)
price money 2023313.600 CHF (1. Platz: 98.000 CHF, 2. Platz: 49.000 CHF)

Thousands of spectators expected

At times, more than 40,000 people cheered on the racers at the finish line.
At times, more than 40,000 people cheered on the racers at the finish line. © Kitzbüheler Ski Club

After only a few fans were admitted to the Hahnenkamm races in recent years due to the corona, this year tens of thousands are once again allowed to take part. In the years before the pandemic, up to 45,000 spectators had gathered in the finish area. The supporting program with numerous wild parties in the Tyrolean ski resort is also planned again this year.

Tickets still available

Tickets for the Hahnenkamm Races are only available online. No tickets will be sold on site. Standing room tickets start at 30 euros for adults and are available from the Kitzbühel Ski Club Ticket Shop. Youths cost 15 euros and children born in 2009 and younger have free admission.

To prevent black market sales, grandstand tickets for the races will not be sold online. If you want to have one, you have to send a mail with your ticket request to ticket@hahnenkamm.com. Grandstand prices for Friday and Sunday are 220 euros per person. The race ticket on Saturday costs 350 euros per person.

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last update on Jan 17, 2023

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