Sporting start to the New Year – Ski jumping: Four Hills Tournament
3 and 4 January 2019 – Innsbruck/Bergisel
Awe, encouragement and celebration is the name of the game every year on the Bergisel - one of the four stations of the Four Hills Tournament. It was in 1927 that the intrepid jumpers first soared up into the air from Innsbruck‘s landmark, which was strikingly remodelled in 2011 by the award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. At the beginning of January, the 67th Four Hills Tournament will once more be calling in at the heart of the Alps, and ski jumpers will again be looking down from the Bergisel Stadium’s legendary launch platform, at a height of 134 metres, onto the city and across to the impressive Nordkette mountains.
Further information: www.vierschanzentournee.com
BMW IBSF Bob and Skeleton World Cup 2018/19
14 to 20 January 2019 – Innsbruck/Bob Olympiabahn Igls
The fearless professional pilots will be hurtling down the bobsleigh run and, in the skeleton, head first and face down no less. There are thrills aplenty at 1,270 metres with 14 steep bends to negotiate, and in Igls you can share in the excitement of the spectacular bobsleigh and skeleton runs live. The only artificial ice bobsleigh run in Austria was created for the 1976 Winter Olympics and is exemplary for its kind as it was the first run on which all three sports – bobsleigh, luge and skeleton - could be performed without restrictions. It also provides spectators with an unforgettable sporting experience not only in the starting area but also along the entire route.
Further information: www.ibsf.orgFIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2019 Seefeld
19 February to 3 March 2019 – Innsbruck and Seefeld
1 World Cup, 12 days and 21 competitions: some 700 athletes from 60 countries will once again be seeking to beat their personal best as they compete for the coveted medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2019. These championships are being held for the first time since 1985 in Tyrol, and Seefeld and Innsbruck will be at the centre of all the action. The world-class athletes will be heading to the summit of the historic Bergisel where they will train and then compete in ski jumping and Nordic combined. The world's best performers in ski jumping, cross-country skiing and combination will be competing in this outstanding event, making it the absolute highlight of the coming winter. After the Climbing and Road World Championships held in autumn 2018 in summer-like conditions, Innsbruck and Tyrol will be hosting international competitions of the highest standard for the third time in just a few months.
Further information: Seefeld2019.comFreestyle Snowboard Championships
14 to 16 March 2019 – KPark Kühtai
Outstanding performances, legendary parties and unforgettable moments are the hallmark of the Freestyle Snowboard Championships. In 2019 the Austrian and German Championships will again be taking place in the KPark in Kühtai. In the three disciplines of Slopestyle, Big Air and Halfpipe, the committed riders will be showing off their impressive tricks on three consecutive days and giving a demonstration of freestyle snowboarding at the highest level. The KPark is the only Snow and Fun Park in the Alps entitled to call itself an Olympic venue, having hosted the Freestyle competitions of the Youth Olympics in Innsbruck in 2012. The park, managed by the Schneestern crew, has 4 areas - FreeStyle Area, SnowCross, SuperPipe and KidsPark - and snowboarders regard it as a veritable shredding mecca.
Further information: www.powdern.comConquer the Alps
8 to 10 March 2019 – Axamer Lizum and Innsbruck
The "Anniversary Edition" of Conquer the Alps will once again be posing some exciting sporting challenges on the mountain, combined with legendary events and parties in the city. The tenth edition is pleased to have attracted two absolute stars of the German music scene. To kick things off, Samy deluxe will be delighting audiences with his marvellous rap lyrics, and on Saturday Paul Kalkbrenner will get hearts beating faster with his electronic music. The programme is supported in the city and on the mountain with lots more musical acts, social activities and a digital live challenge.
Further information: www.conquerjourney.comInnsbruck Alpine Trailrun Festival
2 to 4 May 2019 – Innsbruck
The runners at the Innsbruck "Alpine Trailrun Festival" will have to demonstrate their endurance, strength and willpower, not forgetting determination and perseverance. Hundreds of sports enthusiasts will once again put on their running shoes in May to tackle distances between 15 and 85 kilometres in the mountain terrain around Innsbruck. For more experienced trail runners, the opening event of the 2019 running season gives them the chance to prepare for the imminent trail runs and get a measure of their form, whilst newcomers can use the festival as an opportunity to try out this sport which is still relatively new. Running off the beaten track is, in principle, the most original form of running, and so perhaps one of the reasons why trail running finds so many enthusiastic fans.
Further information: www.innsbruckalpine.atInnsbruckathlon
25 May 2019 – Innsbruck
When filthy, exhausted runners showing every sign of their stresses and strains put their arms around one another, that can only mean one thing: they have managed to complete the Innsbruckathlon, the city obstacle course for men and women. The toughest sightseeing tour in the world will be staged for the first time on 25 May in Innsbruck. 11 kilometres and 17 extraordinary obstacles have to be overcome. It’s not only stamina that counts, but also strength, skill, agility and cleverness.
Further information: www.innsbruckathlon.atGolden Roof Challenge
8 June 2019 – Innsbruck
A sporting experience of the most extraordinary kind has been attracting the world’s athletic elite to the heart of Innsbruck‘s Old Town for 15 years. As part of the inner-city event, world-class athletes compete in the disciplines of pole vault and long jump. This unique, iconic event is part of the Golden Fly Series and takes place on The FlySwat, the largest mobile athletics facility in the world. The Golden Roof Challenge gives spectators the chance to be right up close to the action, which is why the atmosphere in the audience is as unique as the incomparable backdrop of the medieval Golden Roof and the imposing Nordkette mountains. And admission is free!
Further information: www.goldenroofchallenge.at
12 to 16 June 2019 – Innsbruck
Mountain bike action and festival feeling: Crankworx is the largest mountain bike freeride event in the world. This outstanding spectacle will be held in June for the third time in Innsbruck. The absolute top professionals of the international bike scene and also the best Austrian athletes will be competing in spectacular competitions at Bike City Innsbruck. Risky jumps - known by names such as "Flat Drop", "Tailwhip" and "Superman Seatgrab" - will be thrilling and amazing the audience at Bike Park Innsbruck in Mutters once again this year. Crankworx not only offers fast races and spectacular jumps, but also all sorts of music and lots of side events.
Further information: www.crankworx.com
Tour Transalp – Start
23 to 29 June 2019, start in Innsbruck on 23 June
The Tour Transalp is arguably the most spectacular road cycling stage race in Europe for "everyone": unique routes, overwhelming passes, renowned stage locations and participants from more than 30 countries make this event a unique experience - and the realisation of a great dream for lots of ambitious amateur racing cyclists. For the first time the race will start in Innsbruck in 2019, followed by seven one-day stages to Riva on Lake Garda.
Further information: www.tour-transalp.de
XLETIX Challenge TIROL
Saturday 27 July 2019 – Kühtai
At the famous, if not infamous XLETIX Challenge in the World Cup resort of Kühtai, teamwork is everything when it comes to overcoming the various obstacles by jumping, crawling or climbing. At the highest obstacle course in the world at 2020 metres, thousands of international runners take on an extraordinary sporting challenge. Depending on their level of fitness, the teams tackle up to 35 challenging obstacles on all sorts of routes: cross country, over water or through mud. It’s for good reason that the motto of the XLETIX Challenge is "One Team, One Goal!" because many of the obstacles are constructed in such a way that they can only be overcome as a team.
Further information: www.xletix.com