Streif in Kitzbühel

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Hahnekammrennen 2011 - The lower section © Michael Fleischhacker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hahnekammrennen 2011 – The lower section © Michael Fleischhacker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Streif is a World Cup downhill ski course in Austria, located on Hahnenkamm mountain (Kitzbühel Alps) in Kitzbühel, Tyrol, competing for the Hahnenkamm Races since 1937. It runs on natural terrain (pasture in summer) with minor modifications done over the years, next to “Ganslern” course.

With 50,000 people attending, the Streiff is the most visited ski event each year, with many famous people including Arnold Schwarzenegger as regular guest and from the F1 world. It is the most famous, the most prestigious and the most watched ski competition, with a global audience of about 300 milion people annually.

From 1931 ’till 1936 it was held on the nearby courses “Hahnenkamm” and “Ehrenbachhöhe”. Since its inception in 1937, The Hahnenkamm slalom is held on this course (Ganslern).

Kitzbühel with Streif in the background © flickr.com - Heribert Pohl/cc-by-sa-2.0 Mausefalle in summer © Ironbernietyrol/cc-by-sa-4.0 Gschöss in summer © Ironbernietyrol/cc-by-sa-4.0 Mausefalle © MrBurns/cc-by-sa-3.0 Hahnekammrennen 2011 - The lower section © Michael Fleischhacker/cc-by-sa-3.0 Hahnenkammrennen Start © Railmaster/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Kitzbühel with Streif in the background © flickr.com - Heribert Pohl/cc-by-sa-2.0
Facts and figures:

  • The length of the Streif course is 3.312 km (2.058 mi).
  • The starting gate is at an elevation of 1,665 m (5,463 ft) above sea level; the Streif vertically descends 860 m (2,822 ft) to the finish at 805 m (2,641 ft).
  • The average grade of the course is 27 percent (15.1 degrees).
  • The maximum grade is 85% (40.4°) at the Mausefalle; minimum is 2% (1.1°).
  • The record for the full 3.3 km course was set in 1997 by Fritz Strobl of Austria at 1:51.58, an average speed of 106.9 km/h (66.4 mph), and an average vertical descent rate of 7.7 m/s (25.3 ft/sec).
  • The first non-European to win a downhill race at Kitzbühel in the World Cup era was Ken Read of Canada in 1980. Previously, the only non-European champion was Buddy Werner of the U.S., who won in 1959 at age 22. Canadians won races four consecutive years from 1980–83; the only non-European winner since is Daron Rahlves of the U.S., who prevailed on an abbreviated course of 2.0 km (1.2 mi) due to fog in 2003.
  • Five victories have gone to Scandinavians, all from Norway. Atle Skårdal was the first in 1990 and Lasse Kjus won twice, in 1999 and 2004; both of Kjus’ victories were “extra” races, held on Friday and Thursday, respectively. Kjetil Jansrud won on a shortened course in 2015. In 2022 Aleksander Aamodt Kilde became the fourth Norwegian to win this race.
  • The Streif course was one of several featured in the 1969 movie Downhill Racer, starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman. It was shown as itself and later as the Olympic course, with race footage from the 1969 race.
  • The Streif course was first used in 1937; eight years without Hahnenkamm races followed (1938–45) until the return in 1946.
  • Since returning in 1946, the downhill races have been run in all but eight years: 1952, 1964, 1970, 1971, 1988, 1993, 2005, & 2007.

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