The Inferno 

Inferno finish jump 2018The 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 to see who could get to Lauterbrunnen first.  

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.

racing through the snow

The race is also the longest Downhill race in the world starting from the Schilthorn at 2970m and finishing, when conditions permit, in Lauterbrunnen at 800m, over 14.9km.  The race is so popular that it is limited to 1850 competitors starting every 12 seconds throughout the day.  The Inferno Combination comprising of the Downhill race together with a Langlauf and Giant Slalom race, was introduced in 1985.

Kandahar members can also compete in additional club races - both Slalom and Giant Slalom.   


Many people come not only to compete but also to enjoy the atmosphere and social life which is buzzing, culminating in the weekend activities of the traditional burning of the devil and the amazing after race-party in where competitors and supporters alike let their hair down. comprising a Langlauf, a Giant Slalom and the Downhill.  Entrants can choose to do the Downhill only or all three races.  

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