Some of the world’s most talented skiers converged last week for the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup at the Austrian resort of Kitzbuhel. Hahnenkamm Mountain, which soars 5,600 ft. above sea level, was host to events such as Super G, downhill and slalom, with contestants reaching speeds of up to 90 mph.
The most famous and most testing slope on the Hahnenkamm is the classic downhill course, the Streif (streak, or stripe). The Streif’s flat stretches are abruptly interrupted by punishing turns with limited visibility. One of the most extreme parts of the Streif, Mausefalle, lies near its start. To tackle Mausefalle successfully, you virtually need to be able to fly.
“It is not uncommon for skiers to travel up to 80 meters in the air at this point, but before you know it, a severe compression and nasty left turn rear their heads. No small number of skiers has risked and lost the race at this point,” the organizers say about Mausefalle.