12th Amateur Inter-Club Team Championship

Welcome from AICC President

Cleeves

It is wonderful that the 12th AICC has come back to Mürren which is where it  was born in 2008. It is very much my skiing home where I first learnt to ski and where my family have an alpine home. I know that the Kandahar Ski Club members will do all they can to make the racers and their families feel at home in this alpine paradise.

As President of the AICC and Chairman of the AICC 2019 Committee, I am well aware that I am wearing two hats for this Championship. I am extremely grateful to the main organising committee:  Nick Morgan who heads up logistics; Filippo Guerrini-Maraldi who heads up sponsorship; Richard Fawkes who heads up the racing team and last and absolutely not least, Melanie Byrom who has worked extremely hard to arrange the social side of the Championship including the alpine and gala dinners, which should be fantastic. Since the AICC's inauguration, one constant has been Annette Hughes, the AICC Honorary Secretary and Webmaster, for 2019 she is also Honorary Secretary of the Championship, we all owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her work through the years.

I would like to pay tribute here to Melanie’s middle daughter, Olivia (Liv), who died tragically last summer, aged twenty-nine. She was captain-in-waiting of the Kandahar, the undoubted leader of her generation and a moving spirit both within the Kandahar and with the young from all the other Clubs who participate in the AICC. She is hugely missed by us all. 

The goal of the AICC Championships is to strengthen further the warm relationships that exist between our ski racing Clubs.  In the early days of ski racing there was considerable contact between the Arlberg Clubs and members often visited each other’s Clubs to broaden their experience and make new friends. In the past few decades racing for amateur skiers has seen a renaissance and the AICC has certainly contributed to that.

The AICC is now beginning to mature, the format is settled, and I am delighted that the following Clubs are hosting the next Championships: the Ladies Ski Club in 2020 (Flaine), DHO in 2021 (Wengen) and SC18 in 2022 (Cortina d’Ampezzo).

I hope that this annual coming together of ski racing friends, both old and new, continues for years to come and that the AICC helps to sustain the positive momentum in amateur ski racing.

Cleeves Palmer
Founder & President of the AICC


Welcome to Mürren fron the Kandahar Ski Club

Melanie

The Kandahar Ski Club is delighted to welcome all racers and friends to Mürren for the 12th AICC.

Mürren is the birthplace of the modern slalom. Arnold Lunn, founding member of the Kandahar Ski Club, set the first modern slalom in 1922 on what is now the slope above the ski school in Mürren.

Nowadays Mürren is best known for the annual Inferno Race. This was first run in January 1929 when 17 (mostly K) competitors climbed up the Schilthorn and then raced down to Lauterbrunnen. Nowadays 1800 skiers from all round the world compete including almost 200 from the Kandahar, still over the same course.

One of the original K members was Andrew Irvine who was chosen by Mallory as his companion on the first ascent of Everest. In preparation for the climb Andrew Irvine spent the winter of 1923-24 in Mürren and later wrote, "I don't think anyone has lived until they have been on ski." I'm sure that sentiment is echoed in all our hearts.

We are here to enjoy the racing the organisation of which is in the capable hands of the Schilthornbahn to whom we extend a huge thank you. We are also indebted to the Schilthornbahn for allowing us to use the Piz Gloria restaurant for dinner on our first night. Since the Piz Gloria is the setting for the James Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" we felt it was appropriate to invite everyone to come in a suitable Bond style outfit.

Our Prize-Giving and Gala Dinner will be held in Mürren's iconic Palace Hotel. It was here on the 30th January 1924 that the Kandahar Ski Club was founded and we are delighted to have been allowed the use of the famous Ballroom for this event. We thank the Palace Avenir AG for their permission and our good friends at the Eiger Hotel, the Stahlis, for organising the catering.

We would also like to extend our heart-felt thank yous to all our sponsors for supporting this event thereby helping us to make it a truly memorable, professional and fun Championship.

May I wish you all a happy stay in this beautiful village, much luck racing and lots of fun.

Melanie Byrom
Kandahar Ski Club Chairman