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Facts and Figures: Kitzbühel 2016 / 2017

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…that in 1165 the name ‘Chizbuhel’ first showed up in an official document – an amalgamation of the proper name ‘Chizzo’ and ‘buhel’, to describe the characteristic geographic position.

…that 120 kilometres of cross-country skiing tracks around Kitzbühel are waiting to be discovered by athletic ice skaters and relaxed cross-country skiers.

…that ski pioneer Franz Reisch was the first person to ever explore the Kitzbüheler Horn on skis in 1893. After his experience he is said to have told his friend Sepp Herold: ‘Sepp, I’ll have to smack you just to make you understand how beautiful it was!’

…that Kitzbühel’s skiing area not only carries the title of ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ but also guarantees snow security 180 days a year.

…that 56 romantic ski huts are looking forward to having you for a comfy pit stop. Delicious Tyrolean delicacies and warming tea with schnapps are bound to warm every winter athlete’s heart.

…that professional downhill skiers reach top speeds of 145 kph on the Streif slope’s final metres. And jumps of up to 70 metres are possible, too.

…that the oldest winner of the Hahnenkamm race, Didier Cuche, was 37 years old. The youngest winners, Roland Colombin and Franz Klammer already conquered Streif at 21. 

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…that during the Hahnenkamm weekend 262 million spectators are reached via 45 TV and 30 radio stations.

…that professional skiers have to overcome a maximum gradient of 85 degrees. The section is called ‘Mausefalle’ or mousetrap and ‘extreme ski route’.

…that the 200 km2 backcountry on Kitzbüheler Horn offers freeriders numerous powder slopes. Cliffs, channels, hidden treeruns and endless powder fields – the possibilities are limitless!

…that Skischule (skiing school) Kitzbühel was founded in 1926. Under the leadership of ski racer Karl Koller it became world famous in the 1950s.

…that 10 Gault & Millau ‘toques’ are spread over 8 restaurants in Kitzbühel and its holiday villages, ready to indulge sophisticated palates. At the top with two ‘toques’ (16 points): Relais & Chateaux Tennerhof.

…that 1400 retailers sell the unique design made by one of Kitzbühel’s most tradition-steeped companies, Sportalm, in 21 countries worldwide.

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