Kitzbuhel Resort History

Posted by George Biffen

Last updated on September 15th, 2017 at 11:59 am

Today the Kitzbühel is among Austria’s most well-known and visited winter resort areas.

Home to world cup ski races it one of Austria’s premier tourist destinations. The relationship between Kitzbühel and skiing is legendary.

In March 1893, Franz Reisch managed to ski down from the Kitzbueheler Horn, making it the first Alpine ski run in Austria.

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No other ski resort in the Alps has such a long and successful tradition, history or association with skiing.

In 1956 after winning three gold medals at the Winter Olympic Games and with his charisma and skiing prowess, Toni Sailer became the first global media star in winter sports.

March 1931 saw the first running of the Hahnenkamm Downhill Ski Race in Kitzbuehel.

After World War II was over, the race was held on a variety of different slopes, and it became an increasingly important race.

Towards the end of the 1940s came the idea of combining the “Streif” and the “Ganslernhang” pistes to form a new route for the race, forming the basis of what we know as the Hahnenkamm race today.

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Since its inception, the race has evolved and has become the most important and prestigious ski race in the world.

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