Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Kandahar Men's Alpine World Cup in Chamonix Mont-Blanc

After a 3-year hiatus, next Friday 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. The Arlberg Kandahar takes place successively at St. Anton (Austria), Garmisch Partenkirschen (Germany) and, since 1948, at Chamonix Mont Blanc in France. A selection of internationally renowned resorts to organise what is one of the greatest events on the circuit.

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 February 20th and the Super Combined (Downhill and Slalom) on Friday February 19th.
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 870 meters in vertical height and 3343 meters in length.
It is the only FIS authorised downhill piste in the Haute-Savoie included on the men's World Cup circuit. In France, only the resorts of Val d'Isère and Chamonix have a men's downhill piste on the World Cup circuit.
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.

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