Next weekend the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Valley will host two Men World Cup slaloms on "La Verte des Houches" in the 21st edition of the Kandahar.
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 last year to the city of Mont Blanc.
Slalom. Saturday, January 30th, 1st run 9:30, 2nd run 12:30 (CET)
Slalom. Sunday, January 31st, 1st run 9:30, 2nd run 12:30 (CET)
After winning in Adelboden, last Tuesday in Schladming Marco Schwarz became the first skier to win two slalom events in the men's World Cup this season. Schwarz has collected six slalom podiums this World Cup season. He only failed to record a top-three finish in Madonna di Campiglio, where he came ninth. He finished on the podium in each of the last five slalom events held in the World Cup. The last man to claim six successive World Cup slalom podiums was Hirscher from January to March 2019.
Clément Noël is hoping to claim his first slalom win this World Cup season. He won three slalom events in each of the previous two seasons, the last one in Chamonix on February 2020.
Last season Clement Noel showed again in Chamonix is one of the most consistent slalom skiers (he finished second in the Slalom standings only two points short of Kristoffersen). It was his sixth podium of the 2019-2020 season and his third victory. Clement Noel was 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). It was the first and until now only podium in the World Cup for both skiers.