It sounds as though next February could be the last chance to see the Kandahar for a while as the 2013 and 2014 editions will apparently not take place in Les Houches. We don’t have know why but limited hotel capacity and uncertain snow conditions have been mentioned in local press…
So book your accomodation now for the Kandahar World Cup, which has been scheduled for 4th-5th February 2012.
The Kandahar is one of the most famous stages in the Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup and attracts some of the biggest names in the sport. It takes place on the Verte piste in Les Houches; a 3343m black run with 870m vertical drop and a surface like polished glass. During non- race times you can of course experience the run for yourself, and try to comprehend how these athletes are able to cope with the speed. Guide tours can even be taken.
The Downhill and Slalom races will take place on the Saturday, followed by the Super Combined on the Sunday. Chamonet says there will be plenty of entertainment going on in Les Houches and in the centre of Chamonix throughout the weekend, starting with an opening party and fireworks on the Friday evening in Place du Mont Blanc. Expect past and present race footage on giant screens, live music, catering stands and some very frantic French commentary from the over-excitable man who always hosts these kinds of soirees. Click here for the program
Access is free for one of the best spectator events of the year (although there are VIP tickets on sale which get you all sorts of extra goodies). Tiered seating will be set up at the finishing line, or you can hike up the side of the piste and claim a good spot to watch the lycra-clad speed demons come whizzing past (or to get your face on Ski Sunday).
The Kandahar is one of the most popular events in the skiing calendar and last year’s event was watched by 225 million viewers worldwide, 9 million of which were in France.
Not quite a view down the Kandahar, but nevertheless from the top of Les Houches looking down the valley towards St Gervais.