Inferno race: Ski resort celebrates 100th anniversary of the infamous slalom

A hundred years ago, the first ever timed slalom ski race was held in Mürren – the highest ski resort in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland.

By 1936 the famous race, where you ski between poles or gates, became an Olympic discipline and this year’s competition will be held in Beijing from 6 – 19 February.

However, things were quite different when the first race took place on 21 January 1922 on the grounds of Mürren’s Palace Hotel. Rather than bashing through the spring-loaded gates, competitors tried to avoid the poles at all costs.

“Back then, they had a cup in the top of the pole where they would place a tennis ball or

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