Frequently Asked Questions
How can I enter the Inferno or Inferno Combination? Application for entry into the Inferno or the Inferno Combination is made online. Once your payment is processed, you will receive a confirmation email which assures you a place in the race.
What is the Combination and can I do it? The Inferno Combination consists of three disciplines: Langlauf, Giant Slalom and the Inferno Downhill. The Langlauf requires competitors to ski three laps of the snow-covered village streets, under the stars and in front of cheering crowds, on langlauf skis (skating). Complete novices can attend the free Kandahar langlauf lesson earlier in the week. Having acquired the basic skills and equipment (available to rent in the village), grit and determination ensures everyone finishes safely, and with a smile.
Competitors who successfully complete the Langlauf can race the single-run Inferno GS on Thursday morning. Langlauf and GS results are added to your Inferno result on Saturday to give your overall Inferno Combination position.
And what about the more relaxed Kandahar Ski Club races? The K Slalom and K GS cater for all abilities and, by taking your fastest time over two runs (instead of an aggregate), gives everyone the best chance of getting a result. These are open to anyone, although prizes will only be awarded to Kandahar members. Race entry is applied for through the Kandahar website and should be submitted at least 48 hours before the race to receive a seeded start number. Entry for these races will go live in November. Un-seeded start numbers will be available to buy from the bib collection point on the morning of the race.
Can I cancel my Inferno entry? Unfortunately, members who are unable to, or decide not to, race in the Inferno cannot be refunded their entry fee. It is also forbidden to offer your start place to anyone else. Inferno entry is personal. If you need to cancel your place, please do so on the website.
What happens if I miss the registration deadline? We have to submit all Club entries to Switzerland shortly after our 31st August registration date. Those who miss the deadline can add themselves to the late-application list on the website and may be offered cancellation places later. If you miss this, you will be able to race in the Club races, but not the Inferno races.
What start number will I get? Inferno bib numbers are generated by the Inferno race office and depend on past performance (your best result of the last three years). First-time racers and anyone who has not competed for three years will start at the back of the field (sometimes an advantage). Remember to let the race office know if you have changed your name since you last raced.
Kandahar Ski Club race bibs are allocated taking into account previous performances in K races.
What equipment do I need? A helmet is compulsory for racing. The Kandahar and Inferno races are non-FIS so other equipment restrictions do not apply. For instance, Inferno competitors can race in their normal ski clothing on recreational skis or, if they are comfortable and proficient to do so, may opt for catsuits and race skis. The range of abilities is very wide and so too is the array of attire.
Catsuits can be purchased from Incline Sports (by early September to guarantee delivery by end of December) or hired from the Kandahar shop. Most other equipment can be hired in Mürren, but advance reservation is strongly recommended.
Is there any race training? Club race training will be provided at the beginning of the week, covering the technical disciplines of GS and slalom. Places can be booked online in November.
On the Friday before the Inferno Downhill, a full and detailed course inspection will take place in groups, led by the Club’s most experienced Inferno racers. For ease of management, please book yourself onto this free course inspection through the website in November.
How much will it cost? Inferno and Inferno Combination prices as well as Kandahar Ski Club race training prices are on the entry form. For the first time this year, the Kandahar Ski Club individual and team races are free.
What about race insurance? You are wholly responsible for your own insurance and for ensuring your policy covers you for the activities you will take part in during Inferno Week.
Can I bring new racers? Yes, but they will need to become Kandahar members before entering the Inferno through the Club. We hope new members join with the intention of remaining long-term Kandahar members; the Club discourages people joining for just one Inferno. See the membership area of the website for details on how to nominate friends for membership.
How can I get to Mürren? The nearest airports are Zurich, Geneva and Basel, with a direct links by train. There is a long stay car park in Stechelberg. Mürren is only accessible by cable car so whether you are ascending from Lauterbrunnen (from the train) or Stechelberg, be sure to check timetables in advance.
Where can I stay? There are many hotels and chalets in Mürren that offer racers 'low season' prices. Call Mürren Tourist Office on 0041 33 856 8686 or www.muerren.ch to find out more.