Kandahar 2012 Kicks off in Chamonix Mount Blanc

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 30, 2012 11:10 am

The world cup circuit has arrived at the foot of the Mount-Blanc for one of the more unique stages of the Men’s World Cup. There will be nearly 40,000 spectators in attendance for the downhill and super combined competitions. The show begins on February 3rd and continues through the 5th making the Chamnoix Mount-Blanc Valley the place to be.

The small French community has high hopes that 2012 will be the year they achieve a long-awaited victory, as the Verte des Houches has not seen a French win since 1968. The French public, despite a slight disappointment with the forfeit of this stage by Jean-Baptiste Grange, injured in Schaldming, will be cheering for Alexis Pinturault the young hopeful who doesn’t cease to amaze us with his talent. He placed 4th, at the foot of the podium, in Wengen, Switzerland.

The French will also be rooting for the young up-and-coming French skiers in downhill: Johan Clarey and Adrien Théaux, 6th and 14th respectively in the current world cup rankings may surprise us. David Poisson, Yannick Bertrand or Guillermo Fayed, the local on the stage, are potential outsiders!

The Croatian Ivica Kostelic is still the world cup leader in slalom. Winner of the super combined on the Verte des Houches in 2011 he will try for two consecutive wins in Chamonix and remains the favorite for a 2nd consecutive crystal globe!

After 18 race seasons Didier Cuche will take his final bow at the end of this winter. After his victory this past weekend in Garmisch thousands of Swiss supporters are expected to watch the skier on his last French descent not too far from home, they will cheer on this great champion, 2011 winner on the Verte des Houches. After this victory he is placed 1st in the overall standings followed by his teammate Beat Feuz.

Full Schedule:

[page]Thursday February 2nd starting at 16:30

Entertainment, partner village opens
Mont-Blanc Ski Guide Company, Official Kandahar boutique, Valloton, Dynastar, Rossignol, Savoie Mont-Blanc, Camion Jacuzzi, Granges d’en Haut. With dedications, giant screen, food, and the Club des Sports refreshment stand
16:30/17:30: Concert with Kahiki Band, World Music
19:00: Food & beverage stands

Friday February 3rd

16:30: Entertainment, partner village opens
16:30/17:30: Concert with Juan Rozoff (French Funk)
19:00: Food & beverage stands

Saturday February 4th

17:30: Entertainment, partner village opens
16:30/17:30: Concert with Juan Rozoff (French Funk)
19:00: Food & beverage stands

In Les Houches:

Friday February 3rd, Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th from 10:00 to 14:00
At the Bellevue intersection there will be street entertainment with the band ‘La Crise’ for a fun ambiance!
At the finish line to rouse up the crowd: the band Caméléon

Latest News
- Press meeting on Wednesday February 1st at 18:00 with the French team answering questions.
For more information please contact Press Relations Chamonix/Kandahar

18th Kandahar Program

Wednesday February 1, 2012
11:00: Verte des Houches – Downhill Training

Thursday February 2, 2012
11:00: Piste Verte des Houches – Downhill training
18:00: Downhill bib draw (re-scheduled Val Gardena race), Place du Mont-Blanc, Chamonix

Friday February 3, 2012
9-10:00: Downhill reconnaissance
12:00:: Downhill (Val Gardena race)
18:00 Award ceremony for downhill and bib draw for the Kandahar Downhill, Place du Mont-Blanc, Chamonix

Saturday February 4, 2012: Downhill
9-10:00: Downhill reconnaissance
12:00: Kandahar Downhill
16:30: Entertainment Place du Mont-Blanc, Chamonix
18:00: Awards ceremony for Kandahar Downhill and bib draw for the super combined, Place du Mont-Blanc, Chamonix

Sunday February 5, 2012 : Super Combined
11:00: Piste Verte des Houches – Downhill
14:00: Piste Verte des Houches – Slalom
15:00: Podium – Awards ceremony for the super combined at the finish line in Les Houches

For more information on the Kandahar please visit www.chamonixworldcup.com