IT’S OFFICIAL: NO SPECTATORS AT HAHNENKAMM 2021
As disappointing as it may be for everyone involved, it has proven necessary to support the fight against the pandemic: The 81st Hahnenkamm Races will take place without spectators. There are no ticket sales!
It was a foregone conclusion at the turn of the year. Health authorities extended the strict lockdown in Austria until January 24th, the last day of the Hahnenkamm Races. This means that “Covid-19 Emergency Measures” remain in force and shops, hotels and restaurants are closed. “Protection of the general public comes first, there is no doubt about it,” HKR Chief, Michael Huber, has reiterated time and time again. “We at Kitzbühel Ski Club are humbled that we can host the Hahnenkamm Races in the first place during this extraordinary period – a time when people are only allowed to leave the house for certain essential reasons."
Participating teams have received confirmation that their involvement in the competition serves public interest and are thus allowed to travel to Kitzbühel, while hotels can open their rooms to those officially involved in the event. All key members of the Race Organizing Committee, media representatives and participating teams are permitted to enter the event area upon presentation of an official accreditation.
Unfortunately, the many national and international fans, who have been regular guests at the Races in Kitzbühel for decades, will not be allowed to travel to the event venue. They have no alternative but to stay in their home countries in accordance with the law and abide by the respective exit and travel restrictions.
All residents of the region are currently allowed - subject to further developments - to visit the town and the skiing area at Hahnenkamm, albeit in restricted numbers. However, as Organizers, KSC must understandably ensure that there are no crowds alongside the racetrack, or at the start and finish areas. Therefore, from early morning until the end of the official programme on all training and race days, the usual spectator areas to the left and right of the racecourses will be cordoned off from the mountain down to the valley, at a distance of approx. 100 to 200 metres. This also includes the Familienstreif and Kampen public slopes.
All skiing fans, however, will be pleased to know that long-standing TV partner ORF is planning to broadcast the races in its usual top quality. Enthusiasts can now join the many millions of TV viewers who have enjoyed spectacular images of the races over the years.
The Mayor of Kitzbühel Town, the competent event authority, has stressed urgently that all Covid-19-related bans and exit restrictions also apply during the Hahnenkamm Week and extensive official checks will be performed at key gathering points such as train stations, parks and the town centre. It also goes without saying that there will be no fan zones in and around Kitzbühel in 2021.
“Let’s not complain about what cannot be, but instead be grateful for what is allowed to take place," is how OC Chief Michael Huber sums it up. All in all, it will not be an easy exercise to protect the health of everyone involved. This can only be achieved with discipline and the great experience of all those involved on the mountain to implement the necessary hygiene measures to protect against the virus. "The most important thing is that our stars, the athletes, as well as their trainers and supervisors get through the Kitzbühel week well and, above all, healthy," said the OC Chief.
May this exercise be a great success!
- Have tickets already been sold? No: As no tickets have been sold for the 2021 event, Organizers do not need to arrange any refund payments.
- Will there be any last-minute guest tickets available on race days? No: There are no tickets nor guest tickets on sale, not even at the entrance gates.
- What about the VIP grandstand or the VIP marquee? No grandstands will be erected for the 2021 races and there is no VIP marquee for sponsor guests.
- Who has access to the event site? Only officially accredited persons from the TEAM, MEDIA, ORGANIZATION and LANDOWNERS groups.
- Can skiers watch? No: Only a section of the KitzSki ski area is currently open to ski guests. Which lifts and slopes will be in operation during Race Week depends on the prevailing situation (info under www.kitzski.com). The ski slopes alongside the racecourse (Start Hill, Family Streif, Kampen, Finish Area) will be cordoned off in a controlled manner on all training and racing days during the official race programme.
- Can anyone use the Hahnenkammbahn cable car? Yes and no: There is limited use of the Hahnenkammbahn cable car, which offers preferential transport for athletes and officials. The Ganslernbahn cable car is for official use only. Here, too, you are strongly advised to check operating times of alternative lifts on a daily basis (e.g. Fleckalmbahn cable car).
- Is it possible to go for a coffee in town? No. In accordance with current Covid 19 Emergency Measures, all accommodation and hospitality establishments are closed to the general public (with the exception, for example, for race officials). Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and the post office are open. There are a few and very limited take-away vendors in town.
- Are there special trains? No. Only regular train services. There is also no special parking.
- Where can I watch the race from in town? Please observe and comply with the Austrian curfew restrictions, which does not allow you to leave your personal place of residence for the purpose of watching an event.
- On which television channel can you watch the Hahnenkamm Races? In Austria, host broadcaster ORF provides extensive reporting from and about Kitzbühel. In almost all European countries, the races will be broadcast and reports aired on free TV, as well as overseas. A list of TV stations will be published on www.hahnenkamm.com before the first race.