Next weekend Chamonix valley celebrates a new edition of the Kandahar event on the mythical piste of La Verte in Les Houches. Created in 1928, it was the first international alpine competition to combine Downhill and Slalom events. This legendary race has become the main sporting event in Chamonix and is one of the reasons for the valley's celebrated skiing reputation. Today it is among the greatest downhill courses alongside Wengen and Kitzbuhel.
The Downhill event, which is on the World Cup circuit, will be held on Saturday January 29 and the Super Combined (Downhill and Slalom) on Sunday January 30, 2011.
The Verte is part of the historical heritage in the valley of Chamonix Mont-Blanc. A legendary piste at the heart of the Mont Blanc range, it is lined with pine trees. The surrounding green environment and orientation of the sun often make the piste an icy green color, hence its name. In reality it is a black run of 870meters in vertical height and 3343 meters in length.
Chamonix offers a multitude of slopes for all levels in three ski areas : Brévent/Flégère, offering south-facing slopes and exceptional views of the Mont-Blanc chain, the Grands Montets, high altitude north-facing slopes which dominate the village of Argentière and the Balme area, wide open slopes at the top of the Chamonix valley, bordering on Switzerland. The resort of les Houches lies at the opposite end of the valley.