Ski 2022 - Mūrren Celebrates Slalom Centerary
The car-free village has kept its charm: original wooden chalets, the 1912 Allmendhubel funicular travelling its age-old route, and the timeless beauty of its clifftop setting opposite the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, which never fails to dazzle. Additions over the past 100 years are a splendid Sports Centre and a comprehensive lift network including the Schilthorn cable car and its mountain-top revolving Piz Gloria restaurant (2970m) completed for the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Today, skiers and 007 fans reach the top in 20 minutes instead of making the 4-hour hike that ski pionners once did.
Mürren's ties with the British date to the Victorian era, tour operator Henry Lunn launched it as a winter resort before the First World War and his son, Arnold, introduced skiing to some of the injured British prisoners of war who were interned there.
The then new sport of Alpine ski racing staged the first Alpine World Championships in Murren 1931. In a quest to promote racing, Lunn introduced the slalom in 1922, held the British Ski Championships in 1923, and founded the Kandahar Ski Club there in 1924. In January 1928, 17 Kandahar members inaugurated a marathon downhill from the Schilthorn to Lauterbrunnen. This became the first Inferno. It remains an annual fixture at Mürren and the 2022 edition takes place on Saturday 22nd January. In addition to the Inferno Race Week (17-22 January 2022) other fixtures include the Whitestyle Open (26-27 March, freestyle) and the Telemark Only Festival (5-8 May) bringing the season to a close.
Winterfun packages from CHF533 per person based on 2 sharing x 3 nights b&b at at 3 *Hotel Alpenruh; includes a 3-day lift pass and one 5-course dinner: www.alpenruh-
Information about Mürren: www.murren.swiss and lift passes: www.schilthorn.ch/
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