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Winter is fast approaching and the world’s best skiers and snowboarders are getting ready to compete on the highest stages. Tirol is hosting many international events across a variety of disciplines...

It all starts in Sölden 

All eyes will be on Sölden’s Rettenbach glacier when the first Alpine World Cup race of the season gets underway from 27-28 October. Sölden has now been the proud opening resort for the FIS Alpine World Cup since 2000, and if it’s good enough for the world’s best racers, it’s good enough for mere mortals. Reliable early snow, a well-groomed glacier and party atmosphere make it the perfect venue to kick-start the World Cup race calendar. Fans flock from all over to catch a glimpse of the world’s best ski racers as they launch their season with a GS race.

The race itself is electric. Fan Clubs are in high spirits and Austrian flags dominate the crowd. The wait is finally over after a long summer without ski racing. Will last year’s overall World Cup winners Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA and Austria’s Marcel Hirscher start the season with a bang? Or will there be a new contender?

To grab yourself a ticket for the first FIS Alpine World Cup race of the season head to Sölden World Cup tickets.

Sölden is a fantastic destination for an early season getaway and after the race weekend has finished the partying continues throughout the winter. Sölden has an epic reputation for both its skiing and nightlife. Whether you love skiing on perfectly-groomed pistes or shredding some powder, Sölden has something for everyone and is snowsure for the majority of the season.

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Freeride World Tour drops into Fieberbrunn

The Freeride mecca of Fieberbrunn welcomes the Freeride World Tour on its fourth stop of the season. The world’s best freeriders will be hitting lines in the legendary Wildseeloder face. Diehard freeride fans flock to watch the competition in action every year.

After a 40-minute ascent, the competitors start from the 2,118-metre peak into competition slope with a 620 vertical drop. Competitors push the limits of skiing and snowboarding by dropping off cliffs and carving down dangerous steep faces. This isn’t a sport for the faint-hearted. Spectators have a fantastic view from the contest village on the opposite Lärchfilzkogel (1,645 m) vantage point. Live TV broadcasting means not a moment is missed on course. Thousands have come to cheer on the riders before and this year will be no different.

The event is free to watch on 23rd February 2019. For more info check out Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn.

Fieberbrunn is part of Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang, A.K.A. Ski Circus, and there’s a vast amount of skiing in the area. Fieberbrunn is renowned for its off-piste terrain, hence the best freeride skiers and boarders in the world visiting each season. The well-linked lift system allows you to get across to Hinterglemm and Saalbach with ease. Fieberbrunn itself has a wide selection of runs for different abilities too.  For more information go to the Fieberbrunn ski area page.

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The legendary Hahnenkamm

The Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel is the biggest event on the World Cup calendar and it’s a race steeped in history. The Streif course for the Downhill and Super G races is one of the most brutal and exhilarating race courses in the world which leaves little margin for error. One small mistake and the athletes could end their race wrapped up in the safety netting. The brave take it all when it comes to winning the high-speed races in Kitzbühel.

There is simply nothing like the downhill course in Kitzbühel. Racers throw themselves into the brutally steep Steilhang section and fly up to 80 metres off the Mausefalle jump, all in just the first nine seconds of the course! There’s no room to rest as the racers average speeds of over 105kph. G-forces and lactic acid build up through the technically challenging Hausbergkante section before the final Zeilsprung jump into the finish. As the racers cross the line the crowd go wild, to mark the respect they have for the daredevil athletes.

There are not only speed races during the weekend. The traditional Sunday Slalom is one of the most challenging hills on the technical tour. Britain’s Dave Ryding finished second in the 2017 Kitzbühel Slalom, the joint best British World Cup result since Konrad Bartelski’s second place in Val Gardena in 1981. Can “The Rocket” go one better this season?

To book a ticket to the Kitzbühel race weekend on 21-27 January go to Hahnenkamm tickets.

Even though Kitzbühel has a reputation for its racing history, the resort caters for many different levels of skier. It has an extensive ski area linked to Kirchberg and other villages. There are plenty of ski schools, hotels and off-slope activities to cater for any ski needs. For more visit the Kitzbühel Tourism page.

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Nordic action in Seefeld

Seefeld is a must-visit destination for any Nordic skiers.  The resort prides itself on a huge variety of cross-country ski trails and terrain all immaculately groomed. Seefeld will host the FIS Nordic World Championships this year from 19th September to 3rd March.

Watch some of the fittest athletes of any sport battle it out to become World Champion. Nordic skiing is one of the most gruelling but inspiring winter sports. The Austrian crowd will no doubt be cheering on home favourites, but it’s also a chance to see many athletes from around the world. Norway’s Heidi Weng and Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo both won the World Cup overall in cross-country last season and will be hot favourites going into the World Championships this year.

To book a spectator ticket for the FIS Nordic World Championships goes here.

Seefeld is a classic traditional Tirolean village with picturesque alpine views. Not only does it have the best Nordic terrain, but there are also a good number of alpine runs to explore too. The mix of winter sports on offer makes Seefeld one of the best resorts for those that want to try lots of activities. The peaceful atmosphere mixed with traditional Tirolean values is guaranteed to give you a relaxing experience. For more information visit the Seefeld Tourism page.

The Austrian Tirol is one of the Ski Club’s favourite regions in the Alps, the club offer Leader service in many resorts and Instructor-Led Guiding services in St Anton as well as several Freshtracks holidays in the area.