Friday 20 & Saturday 21 december 2019

Ski mountaineering World Cup

2 days

to reach

the summits

A Ski Mountaineering World Cup is a gathering of racers from all over the world who come to compete in different events: individual, sprint, vertical race.

More than a hundred riders are expected to attend this World Cup round. About twenty nationalities will be represented with riders coming mainly from Europe and Asia. This Ski Mountaineering World Cup in Aussois will allow Haute Maurienne Vanoise to shine on an international scale.

Indeed, the Maurienne and more generally the Alps, are ideal places for both recreational and competitive ski mountaineering. There are many ski touring routes and the landscapes they cross are grandiose and magnificent.

The Vanoise National Park is a good example to mention! Always in respect of nature, the mountaineer skier leaves only the imprint of his tracks in the snow….

Why a ski mountaineering world cup in Aussois?

Aussois already hosts major events such as the Transmaurienne Vanoise in summer (mountain bike race labelled Union Cycliste Internationale) or the Grande Odyssée in winter (dog sled race with mushers from all over Europe).

Aussois also hosts ski mountaineering events such as “La Trace du Châtelard“, a race created in 2014 that has continued to raise its profile and has become a benchmark event in the world of ski mountaineering. Relying on its exceptional natural assets, the dynamism of its local practitioners and the expertise acquired thanks to the Trace du Châtelard, the village resort of Aussois organised the FFME French Ski Mountaineering Championships on 12 & 13 January 2019. 330 riders competed in the individual race and 130 in the sprint.

These 2 days of competition were experienced as a full-scale test for the world event on 20 and 21 December 2019.

Hosting a World Cup round is the opportunity to highlight a region, Haute Maurienne, but also to raise awareness of a discipline that is currently booming and that concerns more than 150,000 skiers in France.

The entry of ski mountaineering into the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne in 2020 will be a showcase for the discipline.


Two programs were submitted to the ISMF. The final decision on the choice of events will be made as the competition approaches, depending on the snow conditions at the time.

Programme A


• Friday 20/12/19

Individual race (Worldcup)


• Saturday 21/12/19

Vertical race (in open) then Sprint (Worldcup)

Programme B


• Friday 20/12/19

Vertical race (Worldcup)


•  Saturday 21/12/19

Vertical race (in open) then Sprint (Worldcup)



The Sprint race is run on a very short course, about 80 metres of difference in altitude.

It is nevertheless an extremely technical and spectacular discipline since everything happens in front of the spectators… The course requires a climb, conversions, loosening, a walk part before a last section in the climb, a descent and a finish sprint in the skater’s step.

All in less than 3 minutes!


Make way for the adventure field, the mountain for the individual race.

It is necessary to be complete: endurance to resist distance and altitude difference (1300 to 1500m), handling technique, without forgetting the qualities of descenders. Versatility of rigour to distinguish the best skier.


A Vertical Race is a special ski mountaineering event consisting in climbing as quickly as possible a climb of about 1,000 metres of denivellation.

Many activities will take place around this competition in order to satisfy the public and keep them on site. Indeed, spectators will be able to learn about many disciplines and taste local specialities.

A partner village will also be set up near the start/finish areas.

By car

To reach Haute Maurienne Vanoise

  • Motorway A43 in direction of Turin (Tunnel du Fréjus, Italy),
  • Exit N°30 – Modane/Haute Maurienne,
  • Then road D1006.

To get to your stations and find out everything you need to know about traffic conditions, works and detours on the roads, go to the site:

Reach villages and resorts by the departments from Modane

Valfréjus : D216 (8 km) / La Norma : D1006 then D214 (5 km) / Aussois : D215 (7 km) / Val Cenis Sardières : (D215 via Aussois) then D83 (11 km) / Val Cenis Bramans : D1006 (10 km) / Val Cenis Sollières : D1006 (15 km) / Val Cenis Termignon : D1006 (17,5 km) / Val Cenis Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis : D1006 (23 km) / Val Cenis Lanslevillard : D1006 (26 km) / Bessans : D1006 then D902 (35 km) / Bonneval sur Arc : D1006 then D902 (43 km).

In winter, the Iseran Pass and the Mont-Cenis Pass are closed to traffic.

By train

From France, less than 4 hours from Paris by TGV or only 1h30 from Turin in Italy, SNCF and Trenitalia offer regular connections to Modane station, allowing you to discover our charming little villages via our internal transport network.

Book your ticket

In winter, additional links will also allow you to quickly reach your favourite resorts.

Do you travel by train? Think bus!

The bus station is on your left as you leave the TGV-SNCF station in Modane.
Shuttles between the station and the village stations of Haute Maurienne Vanoise exist, take advantage of them!

Book your bus ticket online

By plane

The airports of Chambéry, Grenoble, Geneva, Lyon and Turin are less than 2 hours away from our stations.

Check the schedules and buy your tickets online

In winter, there are bus connections from Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Chambéry and Geneva airports to Haute Maurienne.

You do not want to take the train or bus, rent a car or order your taxi, it will be waiting for you when you get off the plane.

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not to be missed!