First Double Vertical Kilometre Race in Les Arcs

The first double vertical kilometre race takes place on a route from Villaroger to Les Arcs on 2 August.

The “Vertical K2”  (a race of less than 10km with a 2km vertical height gain) will run along the legendary Aiguille Rouge – one of the longest ski slopes in Europe. Competitors set off from Villaroger (altitude 1220m), then follow forest trails for the first kilometre (K1). After that the landscape becomes rockier before crossing the Varet glacier to reach the finish line at the summit of the Aiguille Rouge (altitude 3226m).

The unique race has attracted some of the best athletes in France. Dewalle Christel, 32, holds the best female performance in the world (in 2014 in Fully 34’44) and Jean-François Philipot just won the French Championship.
Also present, the talented Yann and Jessica Pardin, and Yoann Serves Séez (second in the French World Cup in Val d’Isère).

The race is not too technical and open to all to enter – either the full K2 or the KV (single-kilometre vertical) on the first part of the course.

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K2: 7.8km / D 2000M +

The race departs from Villaroger at 9:30. Registration is possible on the day before 8.30 and bibs are available before 9am.
Light refreshments are provided at the arrival of K1 and K2, and lifts back down by the same route are provided.
Aperitif at the mountain restaurant “Le Bistro Solliet” found on the course (alt 1700m) from 11:30.
Awards ceremony at 15:00 in Villaroger.

K1: 3.4 KM / D 1000M +

Depart from Villaroger at 10:30. This race ends at 2220m altitude near the Violettes plan, where refreshments are provided.
Awards ceremony at 14:30 in Villaroger.


The event organisers TPS have joined forces with the Swiss race KM de Chando to form the K2 European Cup. For more information, please contact Laurent Vinner: /

Katie Downs

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