KANDAHAR : 8 & 9-02-2020
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Men's Alpine Ski World Cup, Feb. 19 for a Alpine Combined and Feb. 20, 2016 for the Downhill

Chamonix Mont-Blanc and the Verte piste in Les Houches welcomes the 19th Kandahar Event

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. In 2016 and this year's edition of the Kandahar finally reunite with its public!

Being equipped with the only men’s Downhill World Cup approved piste in the region, Chamonix and Les Houches have a unique and precious privilege.

A rendez-vous amongst the world’s elite skiers the Kandahar is a major event thanks to the cooperation of all the local participants.

The facts and figures of this popular sporting event

- 600 people on the ground: 200 volunteers, 400 professionals
- 4000 accreditations distributed.
- 100 gendarmes (police) in charge of traffic
- 40 CRS (riot police) from the CNEAS in charge of piste security
- The participation of soldiers from the Ecole Militaire de Haute Montagne
- 20 firemen from CDIS and Chamonix
- 50 persons involved in security
- 20 persons from PGHM (military mountain rescue guides) for the athletes' security
- 25 persons from Croix Rouge
- 50 people involved with television set-up
- Approximately 100 students from the Frison-Roche high school in Chamonix on special mountain studies.
- Participation of 170 mountain professionals from ski instructors belonging to the ESF ski schools in Chamonix, Les Houches and Argentiere, UCPA ski instructors, mountain guides from La Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix Mont-Blanc, the ENSA teaching school, and neighbouring clubs.
- 15 coaches from the ski club maintaining the slalom run
- 300 journalists (written press, TV, radio, national and international)
- Between 25 000 - 35 000 spectators.
- 25 kilometers of net, 15000 poles, and 50km of TV cables

- 300 journalists (written press, TV, radio, national and international)
- Between 25 000 - 35 000 spectators

Planned :
- 2000 parking spaces along the Route Blanche motorway only meters away from the finish area; 20 km of netting and 15 000 netting posts.

As with every exceptional piste, come its legendary winners.

...La Verte is no exception, boasting some of the greatest Alpine racers of all time :

  • James Couttet
  • Karl Schranz
  • Emile Allais
  • Ingemar Stenmark
  • Hermann Maier
  • Kjetil-André Aamodt
  • Alberto Tomba
  • Stefan Eberharter
  • Ivica Kostelic
  • Bode Miller
  • Didier Cuche