On Saturday, 9 March, enjoy the unique experience of an Alpine Skiing World Cup or World Championship. Your chance to be timed on the legendary Roc de Fer piste of the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games, the same piste that will host the Alpine World Ski Championships in 2023 !
A glimpse at the programme: 3 Super G, Giant and Slalom events, SALOMON equipment and other goodies to win, exclusive ski tests, a Giant Tartiflette and a festive atmosphere.
Interview with Yannick FAVIERES
Head of ESF Stadium
We met Yannick FAVIERES, in charge of the Chaudanne and Mottaret ESF competition pistes since autumn 2011, and who told us a little more about it.
“ The idea of the Roc de Fer challenge is to be able to offer the main disciplines of the alpine skiing world general public. And on a world-class slope which is not permanently open to the public. The advantage is that participants can ski under race conditions as if they too were champions, but in complete safety. The event is open to everyone who simply wants to try themselves on a famous ski slope !
IN THE CHALLENGE, 3 DISCIPLINES ARE PROPOSED :
• From the top of the course a Super-Giant, i. e. speed skiing, following exactly the same route as the Super-G of the finals of the 2015 World Cup and that will be used for the 2023 World Championships.
• Then, a Giant slalom will be organised using the sale line as the final part of the Giant slalom events of 2015 and 2023.
• Finally, the last event will be slalom on the lower part of the slope where all the other slaloms usually take place.
After the races down these iconic runs, a rock band will perform on the snow front to add to the festive atmosphere. And as usual, each participant will be able to leave with the video of his run by connecting to www.esf-meribel.net. ”
A FEW DEFINITIONS COURTESY OF VINCENT, ESF INSTRUCTOR
Slalom: the turns are small but numerous, the course is not particularly long or steep. This is the most technical and fastest race.
Giant: turns of around 30m radius, the duration of the event is about 1min50.
Super Giant: starting from higher up, the distances between the gates is extended (approx. 40m radius), the duration of the event is about 2min50.
What is the minimum level and age for participants?
The event is open to all from age of 8. But what is most important to have the level to ski a red slope in comfort and, to be able to pass through a slalom course. So a minimum of bronze star/ 3rd star level is still recommended..
What are the conditions for registration?
Registration is via the SALOMON website, the ESF website and in the ESF of the valley of Méribel offices (where participants can register directly). It costs 25€ including a meal at the end of the event just before the prizes ceremony at the Chaudanne. If the competitor does not have a lift pass, we are offering a special rice of 50€ which will include participation in the events, the meal and the Méribel Valley lift pass for the day. Also included is a welcome gift, other goodies and the opportunity for all competitors to test the new SALOMON 2020 ski range.
This event is organised in partnership with SALOMON which is why participants are being offer an exclusive the opportunity to test technical skis in technical (albeit accessible) events!
Can we also validate ski levels during the descent ?
Yes indeed, it is the opportunity for those who are a little more competition-oriented to validate the ESF Fuséé, Fleche and Chamois timed tests. It should be noted that there are very few resorts in France that organise Fuséé tests open to the general public, especially this winter.
Is this the first time you have organised the Défi du Roc de Fer ?
No, this is the 4th edition! For the first two years we did not have the support of SALOMON. We are very excited about this partnership, especially because of the marketing, the ski tests and the skis that a lucky participant will win in the draw. Moreover, the more people who register, the more pairs of skis SALOMON will donate to the prize draw!
The general organisation of the Challenge is the responsibility of the ESF with the support of the Méribel Tourist office.
What is unique about this competition ?
It is rare for the public to be able to take part in 3 major alpine skiing events in one day and on a piste that has hosted the greatest champions, in 1992 & 2015, and which will host the greatest champions of 2023 !
The idea is to give access to the 3 disciplines of alpine ski racing to as many people as possible at an affordable rate. For the same price as the day pass, the Défi Roc de Fer offers the pass, the meal and the events. This allows people to challenge themselves in the morning and then in the afternoon to enjoy the ski area of the Meribel Valley without spending more than a normal day lift pass.