THE COURSE, THE PISTE
The "Verte" piste in Les Houches is 'green' in name only.
This legendary piste in the Mont-Blanc massif is outlined with pine trees. Its environment and orientation towards the sun often offers an ice covered, green tinted slope, from where it gets its name.
This downhill piste is in fact a 3343m long black run with an 870m vertical drop. The best skiers in the world launch themselves down it in two minutes.
A series of highly technical sections and jumps, including the Cassure and the Goulet, make this one of the most spectacular downhills in the world.
It is the only FIS authorised downhill piste in the Haute-Savoie included on the men's World Cup circuit. In France, only the resorts of Val d'Isère and Chamonix have a men's downhill piste on the World Cup circuit.
Altitude at the start gate: 1871m
Altitude at the finish line: 1001m
Vertical drop: 870m
A V.I.P. village in the heart of the action
To improve the event and to best respond to the requirements of the ski professionals, a number of areas have been put aside to better welcome the public, the sponsors, the sportsmen, the VIP visitors and the press.
For a better live experience of the race, lodges will dominate the finish area with platforms situated at strategic points along the slope as well as tented lodges and a VIP tribune, all comfortably installed.
These major investments show the willingness of the organisers to meet the high standards and commitments with increasing professionalism.