James Bond learnt how to ski in Kitzbühel
Anyone who wants to pay homage to Ian Fleming and his most famous literary character should combine coolness with action and head to a top location to enjoy entertainment at its very best. Providing such entertainment is the main aim of the Fireball event, which is taking place in Kitzbühel for the tenth time from the 13th to the 14th march 2020, bringing action to a variety of locations both on the mountain and down in the valley. In the pullover ski race on the Kitzbüheler Horn, participants tackle a course between the summit and the Alpenhaus restaurant. The evening before, the event is kicked off by a blackjack tournament held in the casino. The winner of the Fireball is the competitor who achieves the best combination of luck and sporting success.
The Fireball event is inspired by Ian Fleming (1908–1964), the creator of the legendary literary figure James Bond. In fact, true 007 fans may well be aware that Ian Fleming actually spent several years of his life in Kitzbühel. He studied languages at the Alfred-Adler-Schule, a school based at the Tennerhof guesthouse, and spent his spare time skiing. Ian Fleming loved to ski on the Kitzbüheler Horn, which, given the lack of lifts at the time, he also had to climb up before each run down. Fleming developed such a lasting passion for skiing that it regularly features in the adventures of James Bond.