The world's best skiers will gather in Kitzbuehel to compete in the 71st Hahnenkamm Race Jan. 18-23.

The Hahnenkamm downhill racing piste is billed as "the most difficult in the world" by the Kitzbuehel tourist office. It features 80-metre jumps, 85-percent verticals, and competitors reach speeds of up to 140 kilometres per hour.

It takes the pros less than two minutes to complete the 3.3-kilometre stretch.  There is an altitude difference of 863 metres from the start to finish.

The Hahnenkamm race has been taking place in Kitzbuehel since 1931. The event attracts celebrities and reporters from all over the world. Points which have remained fixed since the early years include the Streif descent, the Combination, and the Ganslernhang slalom. The Streifalm Super-G was introduced in the 1990s.

The event kicks off Jan. 18-20 with downhill training followed by the Hahnenkamm Super-G Jan. 21, the Hahnenkamm Downhill Jan. 22, and the Hahnenkamm Slalom Jan. 23.

Spectators should order tickets for the Hahnenkamm Race online: €17-25 per adult, per day. It's free for children and youth. VIP tickets are also available: €55 VIP standing area; €90 VIP grandstand; and €400 VIP box.

Kitzbuehel boasts 168 kilometres of ski runs served by 56 modern ski lifts. Freestyle fans have the Boarders Paradise on the Kitzbueheler Horn.

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