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2023 World Cup Downhill Above La Tania – More Details
The successful joint Courchevel-Méribel bid to host the 2023 FIS World Ski Championships has the Men’s Downhill starting near the top of the Bouc Blanc piste and then cutting across on to Jockeys and down to Le Praz (this may use the original path of Jockeys – see below).
Some changes and modification to pistes are likely in the run up to the event which is still over 4 and a half years away! The Women’s and Team events are being held on the Roc de Fer piste in Méribel.
According to the promotional video included at the bottom of this post, the Men’s Downhill will start near to the top of the Bouc Blanc Chair at 2230m – possibly in the area now vacated by the old remaining Crêtes Chair pylons used for chairlift rescue training that were removed last year). It looks like a new track on to the Bouc Blanc piste and then down possibly on to the original Jockeys piste (removed in 2007) and across the new beginners area then on to the current Jockeys piste down to Le Praz.
Modifications to the bottom of the slope around the Envolee beginners lift area with a new grandstand / finish area also look likely and of course the new Le Praz base building with lift pass office, crêche, toilets, ski storage, Tourist Office, Medical Centre plus sports facilities on the roof and 500 underground parking spaces will all be completed by then.
The original Jockey Piste used to connect to the Bouc Blanc piste (2006 Piste Map)
But now Jockeys starts just past the Bouc Blanc Restaurant (2018 Piste Map)
(We like how La Tania got 50m higher though!)
The Super G starts near the top of the Forêt Lift and La Tania Gondola at 1875m
The Giant Slalom at 1725m
And finally the Slalom at 1495m
Google Earth images of the area
The 2023 Courchevel-Méribel TOGETHER Promotional Video in full
The 2023 FIS Alpine World Skiing Championships take place between 9 and 23 February 2023 – yep smack in the middle of half term! As always, book early…