New for 2017! The 42km becomes 50km…

… and will go through Méaudre!

fouleeblanchea5-01To enhance the enjoyment, to reinvigorate the event and to conform with the new rules of the International Ski Federation (only races of 50 km or more will allow international skiers to score FIS points), the Foulée Blanche technical committee has chosen to lengthen Sunday’s long distance race. It is also about returning to the « original » course of the 80s following the Olympic route and preparing for 2018 (for the record, all the Nordic competitions were held in Autrans: biathlon, Nordic combined and ski jumping).

The main features of the new course are as follows: faster and more rolling; more pleasurable with the removal of the Nave climb; plenty of spectacular descents where skiers will have to make the most of their glide. The climb up to Gève will be less steep but will be sinuous and more interesting, with a succession of turns and flats that will need to be skilfully negotiated by skiers wishing to stay up with the peloton.

The 50km and the 20km will pass through Autrans and Méaudre, with two Ski Chrono “hot spot” sprints in the middle of the two villages, with prizes provided by our partners. The 5km and 10 km skiers will cross the centre of Autrans village where spectators can ring bells to encourage the participants. The long distance Foulée Blanche events obviously remain open to everyone; elite skiers (1st stage of the FIS Worldloppet Cup 2017 and 2nd meeting of the Marathon Ski Tour 2017) and also amateur athletes who adore endurance events and love the splendid landscape of Autran’s nordic domain.

Still 7 distances from 1.5km to 50km: an event for everyone!

  • Part of the international circuit since the 2016 edition, the Foulée Blanche is nonetheless a hugely popular nordic skiing festival with something for everyone:
  • 5km and 10km freestyle events for college and lycée students with the UNSS on the opening day, Wednesday 11 January;
  • Two short classic courses of 1.5km and 3km for primary school students with the Grenoble Academic Inspection on Thursday 12 January;
  • Three classic races between 5km and 25km for skiers of all ages on Saturday 14 January;
  • A big skating day for everyone on the Sunday with events between 5km and 50km;
  • And a special welcome for handicapped skiers who will have a modified event every day.

The Foulée Blanche remains accessible to everyone. Whatever your age, whether you are skiing with the family, with friends or alone, you will have the pleasure of skiing through one of the
most beautiful nordic skiing domains in France.

Registrations at preferential rates until 30 November 2016, last minute surcharges will apply from 11 January 2017.

Plaine d'Autrans

(c) Sylvie Chappaz