A journey through the peaceful Tyrolese town
where every year the most epic competition
of the White Circus goes on stage.

June 2018

T here are names which get the heart of sport-lover racing. If Formula One has Montecarlo, tennis has Wimbledon, and football has Wembley, then skiing has the Streif in Kitzbühel, one of the most challenging downhill ski slopes of the World Cup. Only the greatest downhill skiers in history have managed to master it multiple times: from Franz Klammer to Pirmin Zurbriggen, going through Stephan Eberharter, Didier Cuche and Dominik Paris.

This is where some of the most legendary exploits in this speciality have taken place. With its 3,312 m length, an average gradient of 27%, and its history dating back to 1931, winning this competition is the aspiration of any professional downhill skier.

Mausefalle, Karussell, Seidlalmsprung: these are only a few names of the most technical and dangerous slopes. Names that are well imprinted in any ski lover’s memory. If athletes want to set their hopes on taking home the win or even just making it to the finish line, they need to perform curves and tracks to perfection here.

Rightly so, because when you hit a speed of 100 km per hour on an 85% gradient stretch jumping 30 m high, the risk of literally flying off is very high. In short: this is for people with a strong stomach. In fact, the Streif isn’t only notorious for the amazing sport articles that have been written about its slopes. It is so also for the spectacular falls it has witnessed during the course of its 80 years of history. After all, every glory comes at a price.

Kitzbühel isn’t only about skiing and snow. In fact, even in summertime the Austrian village is considered a pearl of the Alps with its breath-taking views. Its extensive network of trails makes it a true paradise for excursionists with more than 1,000 kms of pathways immersed in nature. This pearl of the Alps doesn’t stop shining even when it comes to golf: its 4 golf clubs make it a destination for swing lovers on a global scale.

The chamois municipality is a small paradise where tranquility rules along with the typical Tyrolese efficiency. Together with other eleven Alpine localities (including Cortina), it is part of the exclusive consortium called Best of the Alps. With the highest number of awarded restaurants in Tyrol, to Kitzbühel’s residents only one type of fame counts: that of the Streif tamers. The most typical inns are literally plastered over with photos of the undisputed glories of the Alps.

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WORLD CUPS

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WORLD CUP
SPECIALITIES

4

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
MEDALS

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OLYMPIC
MEDALS

B orn in 1969, Stephan Eberharter has been one of the greatest Austrian skiers of all times. Over the course of his career, which has lasted almost twenty years, he has won all there was to be won: 2 World Cups, 5 World Cup Specialities, 4 World Championship medals and 4 Olympic medals. Recognised as one of the Streif of Kitzbühel’s heroes, in his medal collection Eberharter boasts 3 wins on his home slope.

#:STEPHAN EBERHARTER
QUOTE
I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THIS SPORT, AND THAT PASSION NEVER ABANDONED ME. BUT I ALSO WANTED TO REACH GOALS. I THINK THAT THE ENERGY I USED TO PUT INTO MY BATTLES TOWARDS AN OBJECTIVE MADE ME SPECIAL.

Name

Valentina Ciprian

Bio

Dolomites, Veneto, Italy. Live in the moment and make it beautiful

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Name

Valentina Ciprian

Bio

Dolomites, Veneto, Italy. Live in the moment and make it beautiful

https://www.instagram.com/
vintageblackboard/

T here are places that make you feel at home right away, even though you’ve never set foot there before.
Such was my feeling about Kitzbühel: from the beginning, it was a very pleasant discovery accompanied by that sense of intimacy I usually get when I’m at ease in a new environment.

We decided to take our time to get there, and rather than taking the shortcut we chose an evocative way among smooth curves that chase one another in the heart of the oriental Alps. The landscape flaunted the bright spring colours, and we could breathe in the peaceful air, which is typical of this time of year when winter season is over and summer is about to start.

When we got to Kitzbühel, the sunset was still lighting up the village: the sun had come out after the rain to welcome us. Also, as the days were getting longer, we felt compelled to take a stroll right away. While walking, we came across the enchanting old town surrounded by well-kept buildings, pastel facades and inspiring views: an idyllic picture for people like me who love the calm of the Tyrol. Among refined boutiques, little workshops and welcoming cafés, this picturesque municipality has managed to preserve intact its medieval charm, and it has become one of the most famous tourist destinations in the Alpine region as a whole.
One cannot think of Kitzbühel without daydreaming of its legendary ski slopes or of the thrilling descents of World Cup athletes. One slope got our undisputed attention: the Streif, the free slope by definition among the most spectacular and challenging ones.
We went down on foot, and followed the path climbing in a zigzag on the side of the mountain where in wintertime even the snowcats struggle to go up. The gradient was shocking, and the panorama opening up at the horizon offered a great view over the residential district and the surrounding nature, framed by Kaiser rocky mountains, the verdant Kitzbüheler Horn and the blue of many water reflections. We reached the station on top of the Hahnenkamm where the Strief's departure gate is. We looked down: even during the off season, the feeling was thrilling.

Before heading downtown, we had lunch at the chalet and planned the next destination, a relaxing stop at Lake Schwarzsee. With its vast network of paths and biking tracks, Kitzbühel in summertime is the perfect destination for those who enjoy life outdoors. And I cannot wait to go back!

One cannot think of Kitzbühel without daydreaming of its legendary ski slopes or of the thrilling descents of World Cup athletes. One slope got our undisputed attention: the Streif, the free slope by definition among the most spectacular and challenging ones.
We went down on foot, and followed the path climbing in a zigzag on the side of the mountain where in wintertime even the snowcats struggle to go up. The gradient was shocking, and the panorama opening up at the horizon offered a great view over the residential district and the surrounding nature, framed by Kaiser rocky mountains, the verdant Kitzbüheler Horn and the blue of many water reflections. We reached the station on top of the Hahnenkamm where the Strief's departure gate is. We looked down: even during the off season, the feeling was thrilling.

Before heading downtown, we had lunch at the chalet and planned the next destination, a relaxing stop at Lake Schwarzsee. With its vast network of paths and biking tracks, Kitzbühel in summertime is the perfect destination for those who enjoy life outdoors. And I cannot wait to go back!

Free to move

The two jackets are designed to give comfort to those wearing them,
guaranteed by the soft padding and an absolute full range of movements.
They’re empowered by special technical features: ergonomically set-in sleeves,
rigorous cam lock zips, and waterproof treatment.

Free to move

The two jackets are designed to give comfort to those wearing them,
guaranteed by the soft padding and an absolute full range of movements.
They’re empowered by special technical features: ergonomically set-in sleeves,
rigorous cam lock zips, and waterproof treatment.

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