The Red Bull 400 calendar is stuffed with exciting locations. A tough decision lays ahead for those willing to take part, but don’t know yet what place fits best. Here’s our decision guide...
The first stop in 2017 will be held in Kazakhstan. Not a traditional holiday destination for most, but definitely worth a trip! In 2010 the former Gorney Gigant ski jump was replaced with the Sunkar International Ski Jumping Complex, a stunning piece of modern architecture in the midst of Kazakhstan’s vast and beautiful landscape, not to mention that multiple Red Bull 400 champion Ahmet Arslan from Turkey will be there, waiting for a challenge…
On May 20 the race schedule offers a great option for all endurance specialists and those who really are looking for a challenge. Kiremitlik Tepe (Turkey, Erzurum) is situated 1,950 metres above sea level. The air gets thinner and oxygen is rare. A true race against nature and yourself!
Only one day later Red Bull 400 is hosted in Japan, Sapporo. The prestigious winter sports city has a long tradition with one of the oldest ski jumps in the world still in use for official competitions. Some say that on a good day all of the 1.8 million residents of the city can be seen when standing on the top of the 134 metre ski jump with the auspicious name of Okurayama.
Another highlight will be the Russian ski jump Snezhinka in Chaikowski. Snezhinka meaning snowflake, together with the fact that the town is actually named after famous composer Piotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski gives this venue a romantic touch. But don’t get confused: after 140 metres of hill the feeling in your legs will have nothing in common with the lightness of snowflakes although your ears may be ringing like a whole orchestra just ending a powerful crescendo.
At the beginning of June we are moving to Trondheim, Norway. This country surely has one of the longest traditions in exhausting endurance sports, with endless top placements in biathlon and Nordic combined. These people know how to make a race tough!
Just a week later Red Bull 400 is hitting France. Courchevel le praz, at 1,300 metres above sea level, part of the famous ‘les trois vallees’ to be exact. A venue in this area is always combined with prestige and honour. Les trois vallees are France’s heart and soul when it comes to winter sports.
Another ‘title of the Alps’ can be won in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Just 300 metres lower than Courchevel le Praz but not any less competitive. Situated in beautiful Trentino this event will be interesting for all athletes who appreciate local produce: delicious cheeses, local mushrooms, breathtaking apple strudel, fresh marmalade, gourmet jam and superlative Birra di Fiemme.
In the Czech Republic’s Harrachov stands the Čertak, the second largest hill of the race calendar. With a hill-size of 205 metres the name Čertak will become an unforgettable synonym for exhaustion.
At the end of July, Red Bull 400 comes ‘home’ to Austria, the country where everything started in 2011. The Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze in Bischofshofen is famous for being the final destination in the prestigious 4-Schanzen-Tournee.
In September it’s time for the biggest hill in Red Bull 400. For the fifth time the race will come to Planica, Slovenia, where Letalnica towers over all other venues with an impressive 225 metres in hill size. Here, the fastest winning time exceeds five minutes…
The next challenge waits right around the corner: Park City, USA. Utah Olympic Park Jumps may not convince with its 134m hill size but definitely impresses with its location 2,126 metres above sea level – the highest in the schedule and therefore the most challenging run regarding oxygen intake.
Finally, at the end of October, a newcomer closes the calendar. In the Olympic area of Sochi, Russia. A night race will be held in the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center, close to palm trees and the Black Sea.
So which one will you be running?