Chamonix Slalom Race Preview
The Alpine Ski World Cup - Kandahar returns to the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Valley on the Verte des Houches with a slalom event on February 4th.
Chamonix hosted the first winter Olympic Games in 1924, and in 1937 the World Championships were held on the pistes of Les Houches.
The Kandahar event has been part of the valley’s history. Created in 1928, it was the first international alpine competition to combine Downhill and Slalom events. The Arlberg Kandahar takes place successively at St. Anton (Austria), Garmisch Partenkirschen (Germany), and, since 1948, at Chamonix Mont Blanc in France.
The first World Cup Race took place in Chamonix in 1968. After a 4 year break, the World Cup returned in 2020 to the city of Mont Blanc.
February 4th Slalom / Men 1 run 9:30 / 2 run 12:30 CET
In 2020 Clement Noel became the first French man to win the Slalom in Chamonix.
Timon Haugan (+0.21) from Norway was second and Adrian Pertl of Austria third (+0.31).
In 2021 Clément Noël claimed victory in the first of two Slalom events held in Chamonix.
Ramon Zenhaeusern finished 0.16 seconds behind the French skier.
Marco Schwarz finished in the third position just +0.19 seconds behind Noël.
The following day, Henrik Kristoffersen achieved his second World Cup victory of the season in the second Slalom organized in Chamonix.
The conditions once again were an advantage to the Swiss, who finished with Ramon Zenhaeursern in second place 0.28 back and Sandro Simonet in third 0.66 off the winning pace.
Simonet, who barely made it into the second run finishing in 30th place, made up 27 positions in the second run after setting the best time to finish in third place. It was his first World Cup podium.