An historic day for speed skiing in Vars
beats the speed skiing world record and becomes the fastest skier on the planet!
A shot of adrenaline for a real buzz
The stadium is open to the general public which means that this discipline is no longer the sole preserve of champions. Naturally, the highest speeds are still their privilege but the bottom of the piste is an exhilarating playground for discovering and learning speed skiing.
How does it work?
> Meet Thursday to Sunday at the chrono cabin at the bottom of the Chabrières piste
> Open 10am-3pm
> You must be at least a 3-star skier (able to go everywhere on the slopes with skis parallel)
> For ages 6 and up
> You must wear a helmet and mask
All the tips and tricks regarding the descent will be given by the piste’s former record holder himself, Philippe Billy (243.902 km/h) and by his sons, both of whom are speed skiers of the hightest calibre. Every skier who gets timed can push him/herself to their limit and taste the adrenaline produced by this sport, then leave with a personalised certificate stating their time!The decision to open the speed ski stadium is highly dependent upon weather conditions (snow, wind, visibility). Closed during competitions.
A brief history of speed
A little speed skiing glossary
Speed One: The queen of the speed skiing categories, in which participants race with specific equipment (latex costume, streamlined helmet and poles, fairings on the calves and skis 2.4m in length) to achieve the highest speeds by having the best drag coefficient.
Downhill Category: the participants have the clothing and equipment used for downhill skiing.
The piste of all records
"The Chabrières piste is unique throughout the world - this is the piste that holds all records - it’s extreme and unconquerable with a starting gradient of 98%. A sensational acceleration is possible from 0 to 200 km/hr in just 6 seconds, which you won’t find anywhere else.
It requires immense mental strength to be able to leap into the void, to let yourself be sucked down the piste, not looking where you’re going but always knowing where you are.
Setting off from the top is a major feat, a personal and human challenge which requires full concentration; not to be in control would, of course, be very dangerous.
In my opinion, the Chabrières piste at Vars is THE speed capital. I even moved house because of it, leaving Savoie for Vars in 1993 so I could live out my dream."