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IN A NUTSHELL
WHAT: Kitzbühel
WHERE: Austria ski town in the Tyrolean Alps
WHY: Steepest slope on the World Cup Ski Circuit; world's most famous ski race; high country skiing the rest of the year
WHEN: Hahnenkamm occurs every January
HOW: Via car or train, or by metro from neighboring villages

Hahnenkamm Big ScreenWhat do you get when you combine fantastic scenery, European sports fervor, and white-knuckle entertainment?  The Hahnenkamm.

“The Austrians are the world’s biggest ski fans, and the Hahnenkamm is the world’s craziest party.”

- Daron Rahlves (US Ski Team, '03 winner and '04 runner up)

Kitzbühel is the perfect setting for the world famous Hahnenkamm ski race.  The Hahnenkamm is the toughest (and therefore most prestigious) downhill ski race in the world. 

The Hahnenkamm race attracts 30,000 people to the small, ritzy Tyrolean town of K
itzbühel every January.  These ski fans pack the slopes to watch the best skiers on the World Cup Circuit fly down the steep slopes at dizzying speeds.

The event has the air of a big winter festival: giant screens display the current skier and split times; music blares from loudspeakers; rowdy fans scream and wave their nation's flag.

After the medals ceremony, the whole town becomes one giant party with every bar, club, and restaurant packed with merry fans.  The whole town town takes on a lively atmosphere, and the fireworks and packed city streets make it seem like it's New Year's Eve all over again. 

The Hahnenkamm Ski Race is a great way to enjoy the sport of ski racing and to experience European sports culture at its best.

NOTE: If you are looking for THE place to go after the race, visit the Londoner Pub.  In a tradition as old as the race itself, the winner of the Hahnenkamm downhill shows up late at night to pour drinks behind the bar all night long.
 

Hahnenkamm Ski Race

  American fans at the Hahnenkamm
Hahnenkamm slope

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