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Patrick Thorne

23 Jun 21

Mürren Say 78th Inferno Race is Go And Open For Entries

Patrick Thorne

23 Jun 21

The Organising Committee of the famous and historic Inferno ski races from Mürren say they are expecting a “normal staging” of the race next January, including a full apres-ski party programme.

It will be the 78th staging of the International Inferno Races, first run in 1928, but despite best efforts cancelled earlier this year due to the pandemic.

The International Inferno Race comprises cross-country, giant slalom and downhill races and is the longest (15.8 km, 9.8 mi) on a course descending from the Schilthorn mountain above Mürren down to Lauterbrunnen in the valley below, with the spectacular scenery of the Swiss Jungfrau region. It is also the largest amateur ski race in the world with a normal limit of 1800 participants.

“After the cancellation in 2021, the Organising Committee’s (OC’s) current planning assumes a normal and complete Inferno Race in 2022,” Christoph Egger, OC President of the Inferno Races, said, adding, “In addition to cross-country skiing, giant slalom and downhill, a comprehensive party programme is also being prepared.”

The 2022 race will take place from 19th – 22nd January 2022 and online registration for the races, which are normally heavily over-subscribed, is open. Interested racers can register until 15th September 2021.

As usual, the Inferno week will start with the night cross-country race on Wednesday evening and ends on Saturday with the infamous Inferno Downhill. On Thursday, an XXL giant slalom is planned again in the coming edition.