KANDAHAR SKI CLUB
The Kandahar Ski Club www.kandahar.org.uk was founded in 1924 by Sir Arnold Lunn and a group of Englishmen. In those early days the rules for Downhill and Slalom races were being evolved and eventually, in 1931, Sir Arnold organised at Mürren the first World Championships in Downhill and Slalom Racing. Almost every British ski racer of distinction is, or has been, a member of the Club, which sees itself as a continuing influence on the sport of ski racing, particularly at amateur levels.
The biggest event for members is "Inferno Week". Every year over 100 members gather in Mürren and participate in a number of events on and off the snow, culminating in competing in the longest downhill race in the world, the Inferno. The Inferno Ski Race is held annually in January. The Kandahar Ski Club originally organised the race, but that responsibility has been passed over to the Mürren Ski Club. Nowadays, 1,800 competitors (both amateur and professional) take part in the Inferno.
The Club has recently inaugurated and hosted the "Amateur Inter-club Ski Championships" which we hope will become an annual event with alpine clubs taking it in turn to host. This is a rare opportunity for amateur ski racing.
Kandahar races are run each year, not necessarily in Mürren, including a FIS calendar race, part of the International Masters Calendar Races programme. These races are run annually by, and at the expense of, the Kandahar Ski Club on behalf of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation.
Kandahar puts a lot of emphasis on junior training and, through Kandahar Racing www.kandaharracing.com runs junior race training sessions in October half term, Christmas, February half term and Easter. It has recently celebrated the success of Ed Drake who trained with Kandahar Racing in his early days and is now British Champion.