Les Houches in the Chamonix valley is home to the Kandahar World Downhill Ski Championships. This race has become one of the main sporting events in the Chamonix valley and showcases Chamonix's excellent skiing reputation.
Created in 1928, the Kandahar was the first international alpine competition to combine downhill and slalom events. This combination still exists in the Olympic Games and the World Championships. Both are spectacular and very difficult and, the race remains a measure of excellence, even if over the past few years, skiers are increasingly less suited to such events.
The downhill race takes place every two years on La Verte piste in Les Houches during early February and over the years has attracted many big downhill competitors including: James Couttet, Karl Schranz, Emile Allais, Ingemar Stenmark, André Aamodt, Alberto Tomba and Bode Miller.
The Kandahar piste in Les Houches
Location: Les Houches
Event: Races / Competition | Sports Event
Venue Type: Open Air / Outdoors