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Hahnenkamm Race weekend 2020

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Hi all,

Hopefully the right section of the forum.

Wondering if any has any experience going to the Hahnenkamm race weekend? With a baby on the way this year - no ski holiday booked and we've decided to postpone until next year!

Couple of questions- has anyone gone for the 2/3 day event alone? Will accomadation cost a fortune for that weekend? Is there any point in taking my planks for a wee half day on the slopes? We are going to watch the racing/ enjoy the atmosphere rather than a ski weekend. Ticket prices look cheap enough- presuming we'll be going an drinking lots of beers and shaking cow bells for the 2 days.

Any ideas on travel- likely be 4 of us flying from Scotland. We have been before- but it was a package deal so transfers were included. I remember there being a train station in the town? Or might be easier hiring a car?

Cheers,
Dave Very Happy
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There is a train station, accomadation costs might be lower, in another town on the train line
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BlueBird13 wrote:
Hi all,

Hopefully the right section of the forum.

Wondering if any has any experience going to the Hahnenkamm race weekend? With a baby on the way this year - no ski holiday booked and we've decided to postpone until next year!

Couple of questions- has anyone gone for the 2/3 day event alone? Will accomadation cost a fortune for that weekend? Is there any point in taking my planks for a wee half day on the slopes? We are going to watch the racing/ enjoy the atmosphere rather than a ski weekend. Ticket prices look cheap enough- presuming we'll be going an drinking lots of beers and shaking cow bells for the 2 days.

Any ideas on travel- likely be 4 of us flying from Scotland. We have been before- but it was a package deal so transfers were included. I remember there being a train station in the town? Or might be easier hiring a car?

Cheers,
Dave Very Happy


Unless you drive south to fly or transfer in London your flight options are limited. I would use the Easyjet flight from Edinburgh to Munich and then take the S-Bahn from the Airport to the Ostbahnhof then get the train south from there to Wörgl. You then change on to the east-west Austria line there then you are on the line that goes through Kitzbühel and you can either book in there if the budget allows or into the villages such as Brixen, Kirchberg, St Johann, Fieberbrunn etc that are only minutes away on the same railway line. I would definitely not plan to use a car to attend the races, you won't get a car into Kitzbühel itself uniess you are booked into accomodation there.

The race weekend normally comprises the Super G on Friday, Downhill on Saturday and Slalom on Sunday. If you are meaning to take in all three then you would need to arrive on the Thursday and depart again the following Monday as you wouldn't get there on time before the SG on the Friday nor could you get back in time for the Edinburgh flight after the 2nd run of the slalom on the Sunday. If you want to have a chance to get close to the racers without buying anything more than the basic ticket then the Super G is your best bet. If the budget allows then buy a VIP area or even grandstand seat and have a chat with Arnie

Accommodation will be cheaper further out, google the prices in the places I mentioned above and see what meets your budget. I wouldn't take your own kit, would be much cheaper to hire for a day if you feel the need.

Also you won't be shaking cow bells unless you're supporting the Swiss wink
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Flight schedules might not be the same for 2020 as they are now. If you can extend the trip to include the following Tues night - Schladming night race! Each time I've gone I booked accommodation a year ahead in Kitzbuhel (with parking), rented a car at Munich airport. Worked fine. Didn't have a baby on board though!
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@BlueBird13, @davidthornton makes a good point about flight times although that Easyjet flight to Munich has been running for about 12 years at pretty much the same times. Sometimes it has been dropped on Saturdays in winter but that won't affect you.
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We’re out in the area now and are going to go to the race next week. I’ll let you know how I get on!

So far I can recommend the Hotel Zentral in Kirchberg and Andis Taxi shared transfers from Salzburg.

We intend to go to the super G on skis and the downhill on foot, taking the train or the bus from Kirchberg to Kitzbühel.
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The trains are free from Kirchberg on race day, there and back
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@Maireadoconnor, a good view point is from the Hausberg jump, and you get a great view of the finish area below. If an Austrian gets a green light a wall of noise from the crowds below blasts up the mountain. Fingers crossed for clear weather. Enjoy!
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We went about five years ago and stayed in a b&b type hotel in the village or St Johan in Tyrol down valley. There were regular complimentary trains running during the weekend including late at night and journey no more than 20 mins. We kept our skis in the lockers by the main gondola in Kitzbühel to easy the load. Also kept a change of clothes on race day for Apres party at the Londoner after the main race. Tip is to go to the Londoner bar early morning before the race to get an admission stamp. We watched the downhill and 2nd slalom run and bought tickets onsite.
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Flying in from Canada arriving Thursday AM. As @Maireadoconnor we'll ski Friday and on foot Saturday. Staying in St. Johann. Tks @davidthornton for viewing advice.

Also, @Ozboy : what time did you show up in the morning at Londoner for stamp?
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Just another question on ticket types- is there any whee that shows the breakdown of the different types?

There’s huge range of prices but I can’t work out where we can stand etc.

Really we are hoping to be somewhere around the bottom to enjoy a beer or two and take in the atmosphere
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@BlueBird13, Are you talking about tickets for the Hahnenkamn downhill or the slalom or Schladming? Hahnenkamn tickets are available as a three day package (Fri super G, Sat downhill, Sun slalom), as are individual day tickets, from the tourist office prior to the weekend. Schladming tickets will probably be now on sale, the best viewing areas get sold quickly. For Schladming buy now. For Kitzbuhel, unless in the grandstand, you can wait. Bear in mind that weather can affect the super G and downhill schedules dramatically, not so much the slalom, though last year, if I remember, the slalom was switched to Sat so that they could run the downhill on Sunday because Saturday's adverse weather was predicted to clear for the Sunday, but that was very rare. The Super G and downhill get frequently get swopped around or shortened. As for Schladming never known that to be weather affected.
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Hi, for last year's downhill 2019, they rescheduled rescheduled the race for Friday. We arrived by train at 9am from St.Johan, bought our 29 EUR wristband on site and got almost first at the bottom. We positioned ourselves on the fence between the arrival and the VIP section with a view of the slope and the giant screen. At that time, skiers were inspecting. Bear in mind that you watch most of the DH on the screen until the skier gets in view. Beer and snacks are available everywhere. It's the best organized major event I've seen in my life.
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davidthornton wrote:
@BlueBird13, As for Schladming never known that to be weather affected.


I'd agree and I'm almost disappointed if it's not blowing a blizzard!
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Strangely Hahnenkamm weekend is actually a good time to ski in Kitzbühel. Yes the pistes around the race route are closed but that is only a small part of the area. The rest of the area is pretty quiet most folk will be watching the race.
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munich_irish wrote:
Strangely Hahnenkamm weekend is actually a good time to ski in Kitzbühel. Yes the pistes around the race route are closed but that is only a small part of the area. The rest of the area is pretty quiet most folk will be watching the race.

Yes, but getting accommodation is not easy around race weekend.
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