The Inferno Downhill race held annually in Mürren, was started by the Kandahar in 1928 when 17 Kandahar members climbed to the summit of the Schilthorn over two days, before setting off in a mass start for the race to Lauterbrunnen in the valley bottom, a drop of 2170m.
It is now the world's largest amateur Downhill ski race and the people of Mürren have welcomed generations of visitors with warmth and friendship to share the joys of their glorious mountains.
The race is the longest Downhill in the world starting from the Schilthorn at 2970m and finishing, when conditions permit, in Lauterbrunnen at 800m, a course of over 14.9km. The race is so popular that it is limited to 1850 competitors, starting at 12 second intervals throughout the day. The Inferno Combination, which combines the Downhill with a Langlauf and Giant Slalom race, was introduced in 1985.
Many racers come to Inferno Week not only to compete but also to enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and enticing social scene, culminating in the weekend activities including the traditional burning of the devil and the world-famous Inferno After-Party, which has to be experienced to be believed!
In addition to recognition of individual performances at the Kandahar Prize Giving, the Hulse-Palmer Cup is awarded to the most improved team in Inferno. To enter a team of four for this, sign-up here.