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Daron Rahlves to present Squaw showings of film about Hahnenkamm ski race

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — It is considered the Super Bowl of ski racing, and many competitors consider a win here more triumphant than an Olympic medal.

It is the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria — the most notorious and demanding course on the World Cup circuit, and the highlight of the race season.

Recently, Red Bull Media House released an exciting feature documentary about this legendary event — "STREIF: One Hell of a Ride" — and the Squaw Valley Institute is bringing it to Olympic Valley on Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Olympic Village Lodge.

The evening features two film screenings, at 5 and 8 p.m.

For 75 years, the annual Hahnenkamm race has produced unforgettable triumphs and unspeakable tragedies, a heritage that is full of myths and legends. Nowhere else is skiing celebrated so intensely.

This is the most anticipated race of the season, and this film follows five elite athletes for a full year leading up to the most important run of their career.

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It shares their journey from summer conditioning to early winter training and through the race season. It is partially narrated by local ski racing celebrity Daron Rahlves.

Rahlves was the winner of the legendary Hahnenkamm Downhill in 2003 and SG in 2004, and earned an additional seven podium finishes in Kitzbuhel over 5 years.

"It truly depicts what the Hahnenkamm is all about, the essence, the glory, the spirit that gives athletes the guts to step up and give it all they have," Rahlves said. "It is an amazing film and is true to what really goes on."

Rahlves will be autographing SVI posters at the event. In addition, the soundtrack for the film was written and performed by Squaw Valley Institute's own Matt Reardon.

This is the ultimate ski racing movie and a must see for everyone who loves ski racing and tales of athletic achievement. The event will feature a one-of-a-kind silent auction, including a custom Gibson Les Paul – V Werks guitar, U.S. Ski Team gear, Squaw/Alpine gold passes, Go Pros and more.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the 5 p.m. show and 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. feature. Ticket prices are $15 per adult and $10 for kids and ski team members. As part of their annual membership, SVI members are admitted at no charge.

This article was submitted on behalf of the Squaw Valley Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting the community through inspirational programming celebrating the arts, wellness, education and adventure. Visit squawvalleyinstitute.org for information about how to become an SVI member, upcoming SVI programming, and event tickets.