19th editionThe Grande Odyssée VVF13th, 14th and 15th January 2023

The Grande Odyssée VVF

19th edition

Like every winter since 2005, La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc, which now becomes La Grande Odyssée VVF, deploys the magic of an extraordinary race in the resorts of Haute Maurienne Vanoise. From January 13 to 15, 2023, around fifty mushers and more than 600 sled dogs will be present in Bessans, Aussois and Val Cenis. A spectacular race, as close as possible to nature and in the heart of the great snow-covered spaces of Haute Maurienne Vanoise.

5 reasons to attend

The Grande Odyssée VVF

in the resorts of Haute Maurienne Vanoise

5 reasons to attend

Seeing the dogs paw at the ground at the start, pulling with all their might and sprinting off is a unique experience. Dogs that are born to race in the extreme cold, and which train all year round to do their best during the stages. Animals that are pampered by their mushers and handlers. Humans and dogs make a real team, and you can get a proper look at the start and finish lines.

The mass-start from Bessans

Ten or so teams on the same starting line. At the end of the plateau, several hundred metres further on, only one team can come first. During this mass-start (departures for other stages occur team by team in “race against time” fashion), the dogs all start sprinting to get ahead when the route gets narrower. A real show!
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Mont Cenis Polar Base

In Val Cenis, the mushers and their dogs spend the night in a bivouac shelter in the pass of Mont Cenis. At an altitude of 2000 m, the mushers sleep in the tent with their dogs in a Far North atmosphere, worthy of the most extreme expeditions. A polar base that is accessible by day to skiers from the Val Cenis slopes and to pedestrians via the La Ramasse chairlift.
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Arrivals and departures within the resorts

In Bessans, Aussois and Val Cenis, La Grande Odyssée is an opportunity for a great show and various events. The arrivals and departures (except for the Polar base) take place at the start of the slopes, or even in the centre of the villages. A wonderful show outside your apartment or chalet.

Vast open spaces

Seeing the sled dogs running with the sun setting over the snowy plateaus is an image that you won’t forget. An image full of poetry, adventure and nature that you can freely enjoy along the mountain routes of the different stages in Haute Maurienne Vanoise.

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