22 – 25 January 2020
The hellish downhill run from the Schilthorn
In January, all hell breaks loose in the foothills of the Bernese Alps. That’s when the legendary Inferno Race, the biggest amateur race in alpine skiing, takes place from the Schilthorn to Lauterbrunnen via Mürren.
The international Inferno Race is, indeed, legendary. Every January, 1,850 skiers venture down the 14.9 km course. In fine weather it begins below the Schilthorn, continuing from there to Mürren and ending 1,990 metres lower down in Lauterbrunnen. The downhill run is not just hellishly steep, it also alternates flatter sections with a couple of ascents that require skating skills. On average, a proficient skier will usually cover the technically and physically challenging run in some 45 minutes, with the very best finishing in less than a quarter of an hour.
The world’s biggest amateur ski race
The first Inferno Race was held in January 1928 as the ultimate challenge on two skis. It was staged by members of the Kandahar Ski Club, which had been founded in Mürren four years previously by British skiing fanatics. Since then, the Mürren Inferno (as many participants call it) has become the world’s biggest amateur ski race. The main attraction of the four-day event is the Inferno Downhill.