The world’s most notorious, dangerous, blood-curdling downhill racecourse for men, called the “Streif””(or the “Stripe”) was the challenge for an international roster of top athletes and camera crews alike, for an incredible weekend of breath taking ski racing which happens every year.
Hahnenkamm (translates to “Rooster’s Comb”), a mountain in the ski resort town of Kitzbühel, Austria, is home to the world’s most notorious, downhill skiing racecourse. It’s a wicked, twisting, insane snake of a run, filled with blind drops, daredevil jumps, and unforgiving graded steps. In January 2020, this legendary race celebrated its 80th anniversary and Polecam was there with Steffan Hewitt (MD and extreme cameraman) for the 6th year running, teaming up with the LMC (Live Motion Concept) Hi-Speed camera crew equipped with 2 Polecam ProPacks (PPP) covering the start hut for the Super G and the Downhill and at the famous Hausbergkanter – scene of many a crash.
Skiing the Hahnenkamm is a harrowing experience from start to finish. It is skiing’s ultimate test of guts for glory on the world’s most famous and feared ribbon of snow and ice. The slick, steep, twisty track propels the skiers up to speeds as fast as 140kph. The Mausefalle jump (‘Mousetrap’ in English), reached in just over eight seconds from the start, has a gradient of 85% and launches the racers 80 meters through the air.
Fast and exciting for the competitors – Yes!,
Not for any feint hearted camera crew or operator, access to camera positions is only available by helicopter. Rigging and filming on 45 degree steep and icy slopes presented no problem for the Polecam systems, each packed in 2x 1770 Pelicases, which were underslung from the helicopters and dropped direct to location.
Challenging and exciting for the camera crews – yes!
The winter season has once again seen a growing number of Polecams deployed on and around the slopes throughout Europe and remains one of the most versatile camera platforms for all major sporting winter events, both high up in the mountains for skiing and track side for skating, luge and bobsleigh action.