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Axamer Lizum
Location in Austria

Axamer Lizum is a village in Austria, located southwest of Innsbruck in Tyrol. At the 1964 Winter Olympics, it hosted all of the alpine skiing events, except for the men's downhill, which was at Patscherkofel, southeast of Innsbruck. Twelve years later in 1976, it hosted exactly the same alpine skiing events.

The ski area is well-known for a large variety of options to ski or snowboard off the marked piste. The highest location of the ski area is the mountain Hoadl with an altitude of 2.340 m, which is relatively high for a ski area in this region of the Alps. Thus, the Axamer Lizum has a reputation to be among the last (non glacier-based) ski resorts in the north of Tyrol which have sufficient snow for winter sport at the end of winter.

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Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics Alpine skiing events at the Olympics

Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held near Innsbruck, Austria, from January 30 to February 8, 1964.

Alpine skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics Alpine skiing events at the Olympics

Alpine Skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics consisted of six alpine skiing events. Similar to the 1964 games, the men's downhill was held on Patscherkofel, the other five events at Axamer Lizum. The events began on 5 February and ended on 13 February 1976.

Patscherkofel

Patscherkofel is a mountain and ski area in the Alps, in Tyrol in western Austria, 7 km (4 mi.) south of Innsbruck. The peak rises to a summit elevation of 2,246 m (7,369 ft) above sea level. The town of Igls at its northwest base is at 870 m (2,854 ft), a vertical drop of 1,376 m (4,514 ft).

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Axams Place in Tyrol, Austria

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Venues of the 1976 Winter Olympics

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Alpine skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics – Mens slalom Mens slalom events at the Olympics

The Men's slalom competition of the Innsbruck 1976 Olympics was held at Axamer Lizum on Saturday, 14 February.

The Women's giant slalom competition of the Innsbruck 1976 Olympics was held at Axamer Lizum on Friday, 13 February.

The Men's giant slalom competition of the Innsbruck 1964 Olympics was held at Axamer Lizum.

The Men's slalom competition of the Innsbruck 1964 Olympics was held at Axamer Lizum.

The Women's downhill competition of the Innsbruck 1964 Olympics was held at Axamer Lizum on Thursday, 6 February.

The Women's giant slalom competition of the Innsbruck 1964 Olympics was held at Axamer Lizum.

The Women's slalom competition of the Innsbruck 1964 Olympics was held at Axamer Lizum, Austria.

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Axamer Lizum in 2015 Lizum01.jpg
Axamer Lizum in 2015

Coordinates: 47°11′45″N11°18′05″E / 47.19583°N 11.30139°E / 47.19583; 11.30139