World Record Torchlight Ski Descent Set In Les Arcs

A record number of 2,887 skiers took part in a torchlight descent in Les Arcs – beating the previous world record of 2,854 set in Switzerland in 2006.

Usually the torchlight descent is done by the instructors for guests to watch, but last week everyone was invited to join in a very special nighttime ski parade.

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The route: a blue run of 4.5km, from 2280m altitude down to 1720m – a vertical drop of 560m.

A spokesperson for the resort said: “Excitement about the historic moment was in the air as the participants went up the Vagere chairlift. Everyone taking part carried blue, red and white torches and made a stunning light show on the slopes.”

Seasonnaires, locals, holidaymakers, instructors and ski club members took part. Joining them were the pro riders of Team Les Arcs: Marielle Berger (ski cross), Enak Gavaggio (freeride), Adrien Coirier (freeride), Romain Grojean (freeski). There was a huge cheer when it was announced the record was broken, and the event ended with a magnificent fireworks display.

The record was officially certified and is now in the Guinness Book of Records.

Les Arcs torchlight descent


Katie Downs

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