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HKR Chronicles

The 1930s - The Birth of a Myth

year date remarks race course downhill race course slalom
1931 28.-29. March First “International Hahnenkamm Races" Fleckalm Hahnenkamm
1932 19.-20. March First ladies’ race (until 1961), Combined Triple with ski jumping Sticklberg Ehrenbachhöhe
1933 25.-26. March Planned, but not announced (political reasons)    
1934 24.-25. March Planned, but not announced (political reasons)    
1935 23.-24. March Ski jumping as an additional discipline (“Silver Gams Trophy”) Sticklberg Hahnenkamm
1936 07.-08. March 4 Combined Disciplines Pengelstein Ehrenbachhöhe
1937 19.-21. March

"Streif" & "Ganslern” classic racecourses used for the first time, Combined with 4 disciplines, first Streif course record set by Thäus Schwabl from Kitzbühel: 3:53.1

Streif Ganslern
    1938 - 1945: World War Two interrupts the Hahnenkamm Race series    
Thäus Schwabl (AUT, Kitzbühel)JournalistFirst slalom course at Ehrenbachhöhe.

The 1940s - K.S.C. knows what to do

year date remarks

race course downhill

race course slalom
1946 02.-03. March First races after the 2nd World War Streif Ganslern
1947 07.-09. March Ski jumping as an additional discipline Streif Ganslern
1948 13.-14. March Special Downhill as an additional race Streif Ganslern
1949 05.-06. February Ski jumping as an additional discipline, races moved to the month of February. Streif Ganslern

 

Karl Koller, first winner (combined) after the war, 1946.Prize 1948The Austrian Thäus Schwabl won 1937 and 1946 the Downhill.

The 1950s - things are looking up!

year date remarks race course downhill race course slalom
1950 11.-12. March Special Downhill as an additional race, last ladies winner from Kitzbühel (Rosi Sailer) Streif Ganslern
1951 07.-09. February Special Downhill as an additional race, prize for the "Philips Cup". Course record set by Christian Pravda (AUT, Kitzbühel) of 2:57.0 - breaking the three-minute mark for the first time. Streif Ganslern
1952   race not organised (concerning International Nordic Wintersportweek)    
1953 17.-18. January First FIS TD and first FIS approval of the Streif, races moved to January, "FIS-A" championship races held for the first time.  Streif Ganslern
1954 19.-24. January 3rd International FIS Alpine Ski Week (Combined Triple) Streif Vorderganslern
1955 15.-16. January The 15th HKR mark the “50 Years K.S.C.“ anniversary. Streif Ganslern
1956 14.-15. January First start bib sponsor for the men (Ovomaltine), services of the Austrian Army are used for the first time.  Streif Ganslern
1957 19.-20. January Ovomaltine also sponsors the ladies’ races. Streif Ganslern
1958 17.-19. January Anderl Molterer is the last racer from Kitzbühel to win the Downhill. Streif Ganslern
1959 17.-18. January First live broadcast by ORF with four cameras. Streif Ganslern
Der Ganslernhang in den 1950er Jahren.Bereits in den 1950er-Jahren gab es viele Zuschauer am Ganslernhang.Erster "Kaffeebus"HKR - ChroniclesHKR - ChroniclesHKR - Chronicles

The 1960s - the World Cup is born, the French are in the lead

year date remarks race course downhill race course slalom
1960 15.-17. January   Streif

Ganslern

1961 21.-22. January Last women’s races Streif

Ganslern

1962 20.-21. January New start modus for the Slalom. Downhill rated in accordance with groups, not results. Streif

Ganslern

1963 19.-20. January   Streif

Ganslern

1964   Races announced, but cancelled due to lack of snow.    
1965 22.-24. January Anniversary races, “25th Hahnenkamm Races”, introduction of a new winner’s emblem (HKR triangle). First digital race analysis by IBM (Böblingen, Germany). Streif

Ganslern

1966 22.-23. January   Streif

Ganslern

1967 21.-22. January First race in the World Cup Series. Killy achieves perfect score of “0” in the Combined. Streif

Ganslern

1968 20.-21. January Ban on sponsorship by the FIS! US team in attendance for the first time. Streif

Ganslern

1969 18.-19. January   Streif

Ganslern

Eintrittskarte1961, Slalom am GanslernSlalom am Ganslern.1967 gab es erstmals Weltcup-Punkte.Die Franzosen waren unschlagbar: Guy Perillat, Adrien Duvillard, Charles Bozon.Anzeigentafel in den 1960ern

The 1970s - Hinterseer is the last Slalom winner from Kitzbühel

year dare remarks race course downhill race course slalom
1970 17.-18. January Downhill cancelled, Giant Slalom and Slalom are held and rated as a Combined. European premiere of the "Downhill Racer" movie with Robert Redford in Kitzbühel. Racers are invited to attend.  

Ganslern

1971 23.-24. January Supplementary Slalom, Downhill held in Mégève (FRA) due to lack of snow. Combined results: Downhill Mégève & Slalom Kitzbühel.   Ganslern
1972 14.-16. January Due to snow conditions, Hausberg is bypassed and the Downhill course set over the Vorderganslern. The racecourse is therefore 200 metres longer. Streif via Vorderganslern Ganslern
1973 27.-28. January   Streif Ganslern
1974 26.-27. January Hansi Hinterseer is the last Slalom winner from Kitzbühel. “Steilhang” bypass is created for skiers for the first time (Family Streif). Streif

Ganslern

1975 18.-19. January   Streif Ganslern
1976 24.-25. January Heavy snowfall causes programme changes. The Slalom is held on Saturday, the Downhill on Sunday. Streif Ganslern
1977 15.-16. January   Streif Ganslern
1978 20.-22. January High-safety A-Nets used for the first time. Two winners in the Downhill, Josef Walcher (AUT) and Sepp Ferstl (GER) ski a tie finish with a time of: 2:07.81 Streif Ganslern
1979 20.-21. January Eight cameras on the Streif for the first time. ORF planned to send images of all sections of the race route to the jury, a project that is vetoed by the jury. Streif Ganslern
Hansi Hinterseer siegte 1974 am Ganslern.Roland Collombin (SUI)HKR - Chronicles

The 1980s - the Hahnenkamm gets harder

year date remarks race course downhill race course slalom
1980 12.-13. January   Streif

Ganslern

1981 17.-18. January Final training run and the Downhill in one day. Streif

Ganslern

1982 15.-17. January First use of flex poles in the Slalom, Harti Weirather (AUT) is the first ever to finish the race in under two minutes in the supplementary Downhill: 1:57.2 (new course record) "Willybags" used for the first time instead of straw bales. Streif

Ganslern

1983 21.-23. January First use of artificial snowmaking machinery. 80,000 shillings invested into water supplies alongside the racetrack. The Steilhang could be partially groomed with a slope groomer (attached by winch). Streif

Ganslern

1984 21.-22. January Additional snowmaking machinery used. US TV station ABC broadcasts the entire Downhill Race to the United States. Streif

Ganslern

1985 12.-13. January First "celebrity race", ski legend Alfred Matt (AUT), wins just ahead of Formula 1 racing driver, Ricardo Patrese (ITA). Streif

Ganslern

1986 18.-19. January Toni Sailer appointed as Chief of Race. Streif

Ganslern

1987 24.-25. January Due to fog on Saturday, both the Downhill and Slalom races are held on Sunday.  For this reason, there are only two athletes in the Combined rankings. Streif

Ganslern

1988 16.-17. January Races announced: cancelled - due to lack of snow.    
1989 14.-15. January New safety nets are mounted at the Steilhang exit, four split times are installed. Streif

Ganslern

Paul Frommelt und Andreas Wenzel (Liechtenstein)Franz Heinzer (SUI), Pirmin Zurbriggen (SUI), Peter Wirnsberger (AUT)Erwin Resch (AUT), Pirmin Zurbriggen (SUI)

The 1990s - a modern era begins

Jahr Datum Anmerkungen Rennstrecke Abfahrt Rennstrecke Slalom
1990 20.-21. January "KitzKiri Ski" is the name of the anniversary races on the occasion of the 50th HKR. Ladies’ races are planned, but cancelled. Due to snow conditions, the race starts at "Alten Schneise”. A Sprint Downhill is held for the first time with two runs. Hausberg Vorderganslern is bypassed in the Downhill. Streif via Vorderganslern

Ganslern

1991 12.-13. January   Streif

Ganslern

1992 17.-19. January In accordance with FIS regulations, a limited sum of prize money is paid out at the Hahnenkamm Races in the form of gold coins. Streif

Ganslern

1993 16.-17. January Races announced: cancelled - due to lack of snow.    
1994 15.-16. January After cancellation of the 1993 races, new artificial snowmaking facilities are installed on the Streif and Ganslern in summer. The Combined is rated for the first time according to finish times (previously based on scored points). Seidlalm Jump is constructed, providing the Streif with another key section. Streif

Ganslern

1995 14.-16. January Supplementary Downhill (replacement for St. Anton), a Super-G is held for the first time (replacement for Flachau). Heavy snowfall on Friday means there are two Downhill runs on Saturday. The start-gate is moved to the Steilhang. Super-G is held on Monday. Streif

Ganslern

1996 13.-14. January A Sprint Downhill is also announced, but cancelled. A Legend Race is held again. Streif

Ganslern

1997 24.-26. January Hahnenkamm-Bahn cable car resumes operations after renovation works in summer 1996, its gondolas bear the names of the winners. The Hahnenkamm shuttle train service celebrates its premiere, transporting visitors to the event grounds free of charge. 56,000 visitors take advantage of this service in its inaugural year. The large car parks in Oberndorf and Kirchberg are free. Fritz Strobl (AUT) sets a new course record: 1:51.58. Streif Ganslern
1998 23.-26. January A supplementary Slalom race takes place on Monday, the Downhill is held on the Vorderganslern, the planned ladies’ races are cancelled and the new Zielhaus used for the first time. Streif über Vorderganslern

Über Vorderganslern ins Abfahrtsziel

1999 22.-24. January Spectator record broken: 99,000 fans in attendance, 53,000 at the Downhill alone. Streif

Ganslern

1990 - 50th HKRfinish area 1995Jure Kosirfrom left to right: Jure Korsir (SLO), Alberto Tomba (ITA), Ole Kristian Furuseth (NOR)Pepi Strobl (AUT)Thomas Sykora (AUT)Alberto Tomba (ITA)Austrian's racer Mario Reiter won the Slalom 1997, Alberto Tomba was desperately disappointedHKR - Chronicles

The 2000s - capricious weather and much innovation

year date remarks race course downhill race course slalom
2000 21.-23. January Downhill start-gate: Mausefalleboden due to heavy snowfall, Super G is included in the HKR Programme for the first time, some historic races. Streif

Ganslern

2001 19.-21. January New start slope for the Super G, now located next to the top terminal of the "Streifalm 1” lifts. International Junior Races hosted for the first time. New “Airfence” mats installed at the Mausefalle. Streif

Ganslern

2002 18.-20. January An additional reservoir for artificial snowmaking operations was built on the Ehrenbachhöhe during the previous summer. Food colouring is used to draw blue lines along the racecourse for improved visibility. Streif

Ganslern

2003 24.-26. January “100 Years Kitzbühel Ski Club” jubilee is celebrated. A gala evening and legendary races round off the programme. Start times for the Downhill and Super-G are brought forward to 11hrs in order to provide all athletes with comparable lighting conditions. Streif

Ganslern

2004 22.-25. January "Best 5th HKR”. New start time for the speed event: 11:30 hrs. Supplementary Downhill (replacement for Bormio) is held. ORF uses two super-slow-motion cameras and reporters provide race coverage from a helicopter. Streif

Ganslern

2005 21.-23. January Downhill cancelled, Super-G postponed until Monday, no Combined results.  

Ganslern

2006 20.-22. January Start line lowered to the Mausefalle due to strong winds. Streif

Ganslern

2007 26.-28. January Super-G and Downhill cancelled. Hurricane Kyrill destroys the speed courses overnight, two Slaloms held instead. Streif Über Vorderganslern ins Abfahrtsziel
2008 18.-20. January Slalom course over the Vorderganslern laid down in the programme, strong winds in the upper sections result in the start-gate being relocated to the Mausefalle. Streif Über Vorderganslern ins Abfahrtsziel
2009 23.-25. January Return to the classic Ganslernhang hill, SL start-gate moved uphill, the new Ganslernbahn chairlift opens. Super G start at the "Alten Schneise”. Streif

Ganslern

start area 2007Red Bull coaches zone Hausbergkante 2002Hermann Maier (AUT) with his coachHermann Maier (AUT)2004, Stephan Eberharter (AUT), with Daron Rahlves (USA) and Ambrosi Hoffmann (SUI)HKR - ChroniclesHKR - ChroniclesStephan Eberharter (AUT)2002, spectators

The 2010s - the classic Alpine Combined no longer exists

year date remarks race course downhill race course slalom
2010 22.-24. January Organizers, Race and Press Offices move to the new “Wirtschaftskammer” Chamber of Commerce premises. Streif

Ganslern

2011 21.-23. January Seidlalm 2 reservoir for snow production completed in 2010, snowmaking equipment for the racecourse is optimised and construction of the Parallel Streif completed. Super G receives a new start line, just below the Seidlalmkopf. Full HD TV. Streif

Ganslern

2012 20.-22. January Super G is cancelled due to heavy snowfall. A massive weather front forces relocation of the Downhill start-gate to the "Alte Schneise". Streif

Ganslern

2013 25.-27. January The entire Race Week performed as planned (for the first time since 2002). Classic Alpine Combined held for the last time. Streif

Ganslern

2014 24.-26. January Despite bringing snow in from external sources, there are still insufficient levels at Hausberg. Due to weather conditions, the Slalom is held on Friday, Downhill on Saturday and Super G, as well as Combined Slalom, on Sunday. AC ratings for the first time (Super G and Combined Slalom with one run). Streif über Hinterganslern

Ganslern

2015 23.-25. January

75th Anniversary Hahnenkamm Races. Downhill start-gate relocated to the Seidlalm Jump due to thick fog.

Streif

Ganslern

2016 19.-24. January Axel Naglich appointed new HKR Chief of Race. Challenging weather conditions. The race is abandoned after start number 30, although ratings are established. Streif

Ganslern

2017 15.-21. January A European Cup is held for the first time at the start of Race Week. The young athletes start at the Mausefalle and the finish line is at Oberhausberg. The European Cup and Juniors are to be held on alternate years. For this reason, the EC takes place every two years. HKR: No Combined rankings for the first time. Streif

Ganslern

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