Serre Chevalier has 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 came to epitomize an incredible period in the world of snow sports.
On Saturday 18 March 2017, a revamped version of the event made its BIG comeback. Open to all, it was a huge success, with over 800 participants, and the resort is keen to renew the experience. So all you crazy, fun loving and competitive skiers: save the date! Saturday, March 16, 2019!!
Thirty years ago, the Serre Chevalier Grand Prix was a pioneering event that left a lasting impression on an entire generation. From 1986 to 1989, 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 really 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 of a story ready to be written... a time when “Doux et Dingue” was the slogan of the resort, its meaning combing both the wild, crazy side and wonderfully chilled ambiance of the resort. A great story that did not deserve to be left to gather dust ...
The event was extremely successful from 1986 to 1989, but was to lose momentum in the following years. However, thanks to the SCV ski area and the Like That events agency, directed by Gaylord Pedretti from Serre Chevalier, the "Serre Chevalier Grand Prix " made a MEGA comeback in 2017. Thirty years on from those glory days the Like That events agency, keen to reignite the spark in Serre Chevalier, decided to revive a whole era. Many local figures that had known the "Doux et Dingue ” years and / or the beginnings of the Grand Prix have also been involved in the adventure. The aim of everyone involved is to ensure that, over the years, this event becomes one of the resorts major attractions again. Every ISO (Identified Sliding Objects) known to man (skis, snowboards, telemarking, monoskis, snowscoot, tandem ...) is there and every generation is represented.
The whole idea was crazy but it inspired just as much craziness and passion, bringing together 800 competitors and delivering its promise of "the country's craziest race". 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 ... There are two types of course, where you choose to ski in either “Doux” (cruise) or “Dingue“( crazy) mode, both of them strewn with all kinds of obstacles and difficulties. Some participants are there to win, others have come purely for the fun, everyone from 7 to 77 years can take part, and that is probably what gives the event its charm and success.
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 of getting from one to the other. In its latest incarnation, the event can be enjoyed by the widest spectrum of participants, with the choice between 2 fun courses, 1 for the Dingues "crazies" and 1 for the Doux “cruisers”. Both courses, for individual participants or teams of two, extend over the Briançon, Chantemerle, Villeneuve & Monêtier ski areas. This is what the magic of the Serre Chevalier Grand Prix is all about.
You can race on your own or in teams of 2, but it is better be part of a team, as the team results will be richly rewarded! And everything is more fun if there are two of you! A team may consist of: 2 Doux or 1 Doux and 1 Dingue or 2 Dingue
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