The world’s longest (and some might argue – toughest) slalom race returns to La Plagne this year on Saturday, March 30th, attracting top-level skiers from around the world. The course will again run from just above Aime 2000, starting next to the Becoin chair at approximately 2340m. It follows the Pavane blue before splitting off to join the Emile Allais red all the way down to La Roche, located below the Olympic bobsleigh track at around 1550m. To save you brain-strain arithmetic, that’s around 800m vertical over a course that spans 4km. Between the start hut and finish line lies a daunting 350 slalom gates making the race a test of endurance as much as one of slalom skills (a normal slalom course typically has only 50-70 gates). The Super Slalom really is no ordinary slalom race.
Pros and amateurs are welcome to compete meaning times will vary considerably per competitor. For the best action, arrive early to see the pro riders taking on the course. The amateurs follow next, at which point the race begins to take on a more convivial, carnival atmosphere. There are live bands and entertainment planned for the finish area at La Roche – plus there’s also a couple of pit-stops (called Fun Zones) along the track where you can stop, take in the views and watch the thigh-burning action up close.
This is the third Super Slalom and the event has grown considerably over the years so expect an A-list line up of skiing talent from all disciplines. Last year’s comp saw big name riders from freestyle, telemark and cross-country taking part – as well as skilled slalom specialists – all competing for top prize in this unique event. Make no mistake, while the amateurs take part mainly for fun, this is a proper race event so far as the pros are concerned and there’s always healthy rivalry among the top-level competitors.