The revival of the Serre Chevalier Grand Prix has become a benchmark in the ski racing world
in just 3 years, with the symbolic achievement of being the largest gathering of amateur skiers
in the world.
The format of the event is somewhere between a derby, an enduro, an orienteering race, a marathon, a rally, a "Mud Day" type obstacle course ...
Participants choose either the “Doux” (cruise) or “Dingue“( crazy) race and need to be prepared to be surprised by the ingenuity of both courses, strewn with all kinds of obstacles and difficulties and that extend over the entire ski area. Some race to win, others just for fun but everyone gets down to the finish line with a smile. Every Identified Sliding Object known to mankind (skis, snowboards, telemarks, monoskis, snowscoots, tandems ...) can take part in THE CRAZIEST RACE IN THE COUNTRY!
See you on Saturday, March 14, 2020 and make sure you register to enter before then because both editions since 2017 have been full. For 2020, there will be a limit of 2020 participants and not one more, so register now to make your mark on history.
Serre Chevalier decided to go “Back to the Future!”!
In 2017 the resort revamped an event that had its heyday in the late 80s, the famous SERRE CHEVALIER GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE.
From 1986 to 1989, this event epitomized an incredible period in the world of snow sports.
The Serre Chevalier Grand Prix was a pioneering event that left a lasting impression on an entire generation, the pioneers of snowboarding (known as snow “surfing” at that time) came together for the event. The great names of the discipline came to race the derby from the top of the legendary Cucumelle all the way to the foot of the resort, setting off in groups of 15. As well as the "derby" race, the Grand Prix mixed different events like downhill, Freestyle, super giant slalom ... All these events combined formed the Grand Prix with the overall winner designated overall CHAMPION. In the main Grand Prix derby race, there were few or even no rules, apart from crossing the start and finish lines. “May the best man (or woman) win” was the war cry ... or maybe not. The main point of the race was to have "fun”. Those enthusiastic trailblazers wrote the first pages of a great story.
In 1989, the event was in its heyday and went so far as to offer a Citroën car to the winner. Under the impetus of Thierry d'Ornano (Race organiser at the time) and several local figures, the event put Serre Chevalier in the spotlight for 4 years, earning the resort a reputation as a trailblazer. Any French snowboard geek will tell you, the "Serre Chevalier Grand Prix de France" was the forerunner, the beginning, the first chapter... at a time when “Doux et Dingue” was the slogan of the resort. A great story that did not deserve to be left to gather dust ...
So the "Serre Chevalier Grand Prix" made a comeback in 2017, 28 years on from those glory days, a revival that has managed to keep the race’s fun spirit. The whole idea was crazy, and it inspired just as much craziness and passion. The concept has evolved, but the basic ingredients have stayed the same: a single starting point and a single finish line with any number of possibilities in between. In its latest incarnation, the event can be enjoyed by the widest spectrum of participants, with the choice of 2 fun courses, 1 for the Dingues "crazies" and 1 for the Doux “cruisers”. Both courses, (for individuals or teams of two), extend over the Briançon, Chantemerle, Villeneuve & Monêtier ski areas. That is what the magic of the Serre Chevalier Grand Prix is all about.
Seriously though, no other ski race is like the Serre Chevalier Grand Prix. The format of the event is somewhere between a derby, an enduro, an orienteering race, a marathon, a rally, a "Mud Day" type obstacle course ... Two courses to choose from: one for "the Doux" (cruise) and another for "the Dingues" (crazy).
Take your pick and get ready to participate in: "The craziest race in the country!".
The 2 courses offer stages strewn with all kinds of obstacles and difficulties. The start and finish lines are the same for both courses. Although the details of the 2 courses are top secret, we can already tell you that the start will be at the top of the Serre Chevalier cable car (Chantemerle) in groups of 8 (not in bib number order) so you can race with your friends if you want to. The finish line is in Monêtier (Pré Chabert).
The "crazy" course is aptly named, but you can do it in "hyper" crazy mode, “chill” crazy or just plain old crazy. It is not for those who want to straight line it top to bottom, but for those who ski well and like to ski both on and off piste. It is an all-terrain course for the over 14s (parental permission is mandatory for minors). This is the longest course and you will be skiing over the whole ski area with some well-known "off piste" runs in the “brut de neige” areas. (DVA & helmet mandatory). When we say it's "the craziest race in the country" it's not an exaggeration. The Dingue course is 42km, practically a marathon, where there is no point going like the lappers the whole way, but it is best to get off to a good start. There are still "Classic" stages on the menu for the 2019 edition, and also loads of new things, including the start, which is different from previous years. The first difficulty will be called "ça commence bien” (a good start). The whole course and difficulties will be revealed 3 days before D Day. To get you in the mood : there will be 9 stages, and some of their names will get you thinking….« Super Génial » (Super Awesome) « Puissance 6 » (Power 6) « Combiné Merdique » (Combined Crap) « Chaud Patate » (Hot Potato) « Le Kobra » ... the “Dingues” course will not take you over a big air, or down a steep couloir ... yep, it's a crazy race but one for all decent skiers, snowboarders, and especially those who are not afraid of a bit of leg burn, because all the stages and difficulties make for an intense and crazy race!
The important thing is to participate in the Serre Chevalier Grand Prix... and with a smile! You can come to win or just for the fun!
The “cruising” course targets a wider audience, from kids to their grandparents – but it won’t be a walk in the park. We have built some fun terrain modules. The race is composed of 8 stages. The race is recommended for skiers over 8 but possible for budding young freeriders from the age of 6 if they are used to mucking around on the slopes (parental permission is mandatory for minors, form to be given to the organisers when picking up bibs). You will mainly ski on blue runs and some red runs: a less crazy route than the “Dingue” one but the race is still almost 30km! You will get to ski over the whole Serre Chevalier ski area because you will be tackling several special stages in Chantemerle, Briançon, Villeneuve & Monêtier, and yes, just like the Dingue course, the start will be at the top of the Serre Chevalier cable car (Chantemerle) and the finish line will be in Monêtier (Pré Chabert). Do not plan on skiing fast all the way... because there are full on bits where you will have to ski fast, others where you have to take it down a notch ; ). The whole course and stages will be unveiled 3 days before the event. If you can do it in 2h30 you’re doing well. To whet your appetite, here's a preview of some of the events in the 2019 edition: « Super Sonic » « Le Supercross », « Le ti Kobra », « Le Far West » (The Wild West), « le 4x4 pas parallèle » (the unparalleled 4x4) or « Very Good Tripes.”
You will slip, slide, sometimes have to push your poles, crawl, run, drink, shoot, aim, .... In short, the 2018 edition has a lot on store for you!
C’est un parcours conseillé à partir de 8 ans mais possible de s’y engager dès 6 ans pour les skieurs en herbe habitués à gambader dans la neige (casque obligatoire pour tous et autorisation parentale obligatoire pour les mineurs à remettre à l’organisation lors du retrait des dossards).
This year, after the finish line, and before the prize-giving ceremony, there will be different events like "La Tourmente du Patron" and a GIANT QUIZZ where, if you finished way down the ranks, you have another chance to go home with a bagful of goodies.
You can race on your own or in teams of 2, but it is better be part of a team, as the team winners will be richly rewarded! Everything is more fun if there are two of you anyway! A team may consist of: 2 Doux or 1 Doux and 1 Dingue or 2 Dingue
à partir de 140 euros par personne sur la base d'un studio 4 personnes
à partir de 180 euros par personne sur la base d'une chambre double
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