The Kandahar downhill

An extremely lively legend

There’s a reason the famous slope leaves skiers with burning thigh muscles: the Kandahar is one of the most challenging downhill runs in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, which comes to Garmisch-Partenkirchen every year. With two options and a total drop of 1,800 metres in altitude along its length of 7 km, the Kandahar also offers an unforgettable experience for good amateur skiers. 

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is connected to Alpine skiing more closely than any other German winter sports destination: the Winter Olympics were held here in 1936, the Alpine Ski World Championships in 1978 and 2011, and World Cup events every year since 1970. The Kandahar downhill – with spectacular sections like the Free Fall with a gradient of 92 % – is the highlight of every major event for the public and racers alike. It is named incidentally after Frederick Roberts, the Earl of Kandahar. Since 1954 Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been one of the venues for the traditional Arlberg-Kandahar races. Important upcoming dates: two World Cup downhills on the legendary slope – the ladies on 30th & 31st January 2021, and the men on 5th & 6th February 2021, cheered on enthusiastically by thousands of spectators around the finishing area.

Ride the myth

On all other days, regardless of timing and competition, ambitious skiers and snowboarders put themselves to the test on black run no. 5 down to the valley. Both options require experience, condition and a lot of guts, but you will have a special feeling of triumph at the bottom once you’ve done it, besides the sore muscles of course. Less practised skiers can simply miss out the toughest sections thanks to the Kandahar Express and still experience the fascination of the slope.