One hell of a run on February 24th, 2024

The legendary sports town of Kitzbühel is home / competition venue / training center and recreation spot for many athletes: skiers, cross-country skiers, triathletes, runners, mountain bikers, road cyclists, ski tourers, mountaineers, and many more. But which athletes are the most legendary and fastest at VERTICAL UP?

The goal of VERTICAL UP is to conquer the original Streif course, which is 3.312 km long and has an elevation gain of 860 meters, as quickly as possible.

The "twist" in the whole story is the rules - there are none!

Free choice of equipment as long as everything is powered by one's own strength (no motors) and free choice of route on the Streif (speed class) or also on the Family Streif (backpack class).

Equipment suggestions: touring skis / cross-country skis / running shoes with spikes / crampons / snowshoes / ski poles / barefoot,...

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4.00 - 9.00 p.m.
Mountain ride for attendants and spectators

5.30 p.m.
Kids Vertical Up 

6.15 p.m.
Athlete briefing and organiser's welcome

6.30 p.m.
Start of both classes

7.00 p.m.
Finish 1st speed class

8.00 p.m.
Pasta Party for the athlets in the K3 KitzKongress.

9.30 p.m.
Last descent

9.45 p.m.
Award ceremony followed by live music and afterparty. Spectators are very welcome at the party in the K3 KitzKongress.

Important Information

Date: Saturday 24 February 2024, 6.30 p.m.
Classes: Backpack class
Course name: Streif or Familienstreif (backpack class)
Start: 805 m
Finish: 1665 m
Altitude difference: 860 hm (to the altitude profile)
Route length: 3312 m
Ø inclination: 27 %
Max./min. inclination: 85 % / 2
Lighting: headlamps and the hotspots of the route are effectively illuminated
Suggested material: Touring skis, cross-country skis, running shoes w. spikes, crampons, snowshoes, ski poles, barefoot,...
Course record M: Christian Hoffmann (AUT) 30:29,1

Speed class
This competition is the supreme discipline of VERTICAL UP! Each athlete will master the legendary Original Streif downhill run vertically as fast as possible according to free choice of material. Everything is allowed as long as everything in the race is done under your own power. The 6 fastest Women and men win prize money.

Backpack class - Powered by Suunto
This competition is the absolute fun competition within the framework of VERTICAL UP! Every athlete masters the family Streif at any speed according to free choice of material. If someone wants to, they can switch to the racetrack. The only condition: A backpack incl. filling must be taken to the finish. The backpack filling is the starter package.The winner is the participant who comes closest to the average time of all starters!

District Hogmar ranking
Who is the fastest in the speed class from the district of Kitzbühel? - Who will be Vertical Up Hogmoar? Win Niederkofler vouchers (1-2-3 M/W) and have the honor of being the wearer of the unique Vertical- Up- Hogmoar- satchel (1st M/W) for one year. Requirement: Main residence district Kitzbühel

Team ranking
Team/club with the most starters in the whole field of participants wins 500 EUR.

The participants with the most original costumes will receive great prizes.

Race office: Friday 23.02.2024 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Saturday 24.02.2024 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. | K3 Kitz Kongress

Liability Committee: Please print, fill out, sign and bring to the race office. 

  • Mandatory equipment:
  • Headlamp (most important points are illuminated)
  • Backpack (for backpack class)
  • helmet
  • optional: Snowline spikes can be purchased at a preferential price directly in the expo area

Starter package: A comprehensive starter package will be put together for all participants

Race briefing: 6.15 p.m. in the start area, compulsory attendance

Luggage transport to the finish:

  • Drop-off from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the latest at the Hahnenkamm valley station. 
  • Issue and checkroom area directly at the Hahnenkamm mountain station
  • Material must be marked with the baggage tear-off from the start number (no liability is accepted for damage/loss)
  • Please do not hang anything on the outside of the backpack


Start: 6.30 p.m. at the finish house beside the Rasmushof

Finish: start house

Event tip: Vertical Visions with 8x Red Bull X-Alps winner Chrigel Maurer

On 23 February 2024 at 07.30 p.m. in the K3 KitzKongress: Back to the start.

At Christian Maurer's exciting multimediashow, you will learn more about his breathtaking journey, how he covered a whole 1223 kilometres and 15 checkpoints across the Alps in 6 days and 6 hours, only by paraglider or on foot from Kitzbühel to around Mont Blanc, finishing in Zell am See.

Tickets can be purchased online (EUR 24.00) or at the box office before the event starts (EUR 26.00).

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Do you have any questions?

The team of Kitzbühel Tourismus is happy to assist you!

Hinterstadt 18 | 6370 Kitzbühel

0043 5356 66660


Opening hours

Mon. - Fri.:9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sat.:  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

We are happy to assist you by phone or e-mail or in person at Hinterstadt 18 | Kitzbühel

Tel: +43 5356 66660

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