|Elevation||1,712 m (5,617 ft) |
|Parent range||Kitzbühel Alps|
The Hahnenkamm (German: rooster's comb) is part of the ski resort of Kitzbühel, and hosts an annual World Cup alpine ski race, the Hahnenkammrennen. The most famous slope on the Hahnenkamm is the classic downhill course, the Streif (streak, or stripe), which is regarded as the most demanding race course on the World Cup circuit. The course features highly technical, "fall-away" turns (reverse bank), many with limited visibility. It also contains several flat gliding sections, immediately preceded by difficult turns, placing a premium on both technical and gliding skills. The Streif is located on the mountain's northeast face which in January is mostly in the shade, adding the difficulty of flat vision to the already exceptionally demanding run.
The Hahnenkammrennen are the annual races, held since 1931 and a fixture of the men's World Cup since its inception in the 1967 season. The races were originally held in March, and sometimes in early February (1949 & 1951). Beginning in 1953, the races at Kitzbühel have been held in mid to late January, often the week following the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland, another classic downhill.
- Super-G on the Streifalm, on Friday
- Downhill on the Streif, on Saturday
- Slalom on the Ganslernhang, on Sunday
Traditionally, the winner of the Hahnenkamm race was determined by the combined results of the downhill and slalom competitions. During the World Cup era, the man most likely to be referred to as Hahnenkammsieger (champion) is the winner of the prestigious downhill race.
Because of challenging weather conditions in January at the top of the mountain, the downhill course is often not run in its entirety. In the decade of 2000–09, the Streif full course was run in only four of the ten years (2001, 2002, 2004, & 2009). Unfortunately, this often eliminates one of the most exciting jumps in ski racing, the Mausefalle (mousetrap), seconds from the top of the course.
The competitors reach high speeds quickly out of the starting gate on the Startschuss and fly up to 40 m (130 ft) off the steep jump. Upon landing the racers experience a severe compression immediately followed by a sharp left turn, often negotiated unsuccessfully. Speeds entering the turn are 55–60 mph (90–100 km/h).
In the open Streif VerticalUp event, first held in 2011, participants race the Streif upwards to the start booth of the ski race, with free choice of equipment (cross-country skis, shoes with spikes, etc).
Notes and references
- Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel in Austria-Forum (in German) (at AEIOU)
- "Heuer zum 50. Mal: Kitzbühel total im ORF" (in German). ORF. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
- "550.000 Euro Preisgeld für Kitz-Sieger" (in German). Tiroler Tageszeitung. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-01-24.[dead link]
- "Hahnenkamm racing courses". Kitzbüheler Ski Club. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- "Streif Vertical Up - Kitzbuehel - Tyrol/Austria". Streif Vertical Up Kitzbühel. Retrieved 2019-08-10.
Media related to Hahnenkamm (Kitzbühel) at Wikimedia Commons
- Hahnenkamm race (in English)
- KitzSki (in English)
- FIS-ski.com - 2017 Hahnenkamm downhill results
- Skimap.org - Kitzbühel area ski maps
- YouTube video - 1981 race live - 18-Jan-1981
- YouTube video - 1981 race - crashes only
- YouTube video - Franz Klammer, age 30, wins his 4th Hahnenkamm on full course - 21-Jan-1984
- YouTube video - career-ending crash of Todd Brooker, 1983 winner, at top of Zielschuss, Friday training run - 24-Jan-1987
- YouTube video - Kristian Ghedina on full course - spread eagles at Zielsprung - 6th place - 24-Jan-2004
- YouTube video - Hermann Maier on full course - 9th place - 24-Jan-2004
- YouTube video - 2004 race coverage from ORF (Austrian Broadcasting) - 24-Jan-2004
- YouTube video - Bode Miller skis onto fence exiting Steilhang, takes 2nd - 19-Jan-2008
- YouTube video - crash of Scott Macartney at Zielsprung, takes 33rd - 19-Jan-2008
- YouTube video - crash of Daniel Albrecht at Zielsprung - Thursday training run - 22-Jan-2009
- YouTube video - Didier Défago wins 2009 Hahnenkamm on full course - 24-Jan-2009
- YouTube video - crash of Hans Grugger at Mausefalle - Thursday training run - 20-Jan-2011