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Big Up & Down

The Big Up & Down, what is it, for whom and when ?

The fifth Big Up & Down will take place this year on 25, 26 and 27 January 2019 !

This is the unmissable event for fans of ski touring and a challenge…but not only that! It’s also a wonderful opportunity to get to know this sport. There are 3 sporting events, as testing as they are exciting, awaiting you.

It is open to all and there will be something for all ages and all tastes !

You must put your name down for all activities, even the free ones. On this link.


The Big Up & Down village will set up its stalls on the snow front in Arc 1800 (in front of the 1800 ESF) for 3 unifying and resolutely “touring” days.

You will be able to try out and discuss kit with the 20 or so brand names attending the event.

Package kilianometre & Big Nak = 60 €. "Offensive" formula for BIG Up & Down 2019 flagship events : Kilianomètre, La Belle Montée et BIG Nak with lift pass !!

Friday 25 January : KILIANOMETRE

Number tabards issued from 5.00 pm onwards at La Coupole in Arc 1600.
In-line start at 6.45 pm.
Race followed by a croziflette & and prize-giving at La Coupole.
FFME, FFCAM Licence or aptitude medical certificate mandatory.
Kilianometre = 20 €

Saturday 26 January : LA BELLE MONTEE (The great ascent)

Come and enjoy, free of charge, a magnificent, moonlight climb under the kindly eye of our guides.
RDV on the Snow Front in Arc 1800 from 5.00 pm for a 6.00 pm start. Return to the resort no later than 9.00 pm.
What you must have : Touring skis + skins, head torch.


Sunday 27 January : BIG NAK

Take part in the most innovative of «free touring» competitions, either the standard version or the XL.
Number tabards issued from 9.00 am onwards. Race starts from the BIG UP & Down Village at 10.00 am.
Prize-giving at 3.00 pm in the Village.
Big Nak with lift pass = 45 €. Big Nak without lift pass = 20 €.


To our greatest delight, more and more of you come and take part every year! Don’t forget to put your name down, places are limited.

1ST TRACK = 10 €

- Friday 25/01
RDV at the BIG uP & Down Village in Arc 1800 from 1.15 pm onwards 
Start at 1.30 and return at 4.30 pm.

- Saturday 26/01
RDV in the BIG uP & Down Village in Arc 1800 from 9.15 am onwards.
Start at 9.30 am and return at 12.30 pm.

What you must have : A lift pass, touring skis, skins.


- Saturday 26/01
RDV at the BIG uP & Down Village in Arc 1800 from 9.15 am onwards.
Start at 9.30 am and return at 12.30 pm.
Open to children aged 8 to 12 – parental permission mandatory.

- Sunday 27/01
RDV at the BIG uP & Down Village in Arc 1800 from 9.15 am onwards.
Start at 9.30 am and return at 12.30 pm.
Open to children aged 8 to12 – parental permission mandatory.

What you must have : a lift pass, Alpine skiing equipment + helmet.


- Saturday 26/01 and Sunday 27/01
Are you a beginner lady ski-tourer ? Liv Sansoz and Caro Freslon, accompanied by Valentine Fabre and Adèle Milloz, will take you on an all-girls outing !

Level for taking part : have done a minimum of one touring trip or be of a "passe partout" (go anywhere) level on the Alpine pistes.
- RDV at the Big uP & Down Test Village in Arc 1800 from 9.00 am onwards
- Start around 9.30 am
- Return around 3.00 pm at the latest

What you must have : A lift pass + equipment - skis, skins. Bring an AVD, shovel, probe and knives if you have them. Snack.



Was it at the BIG uP & Down that you lifted your heel for the first time? Are you ready to make a trip off the beaten track with a night in a refuge ?
A dream weekend with our friend Cédric Pugin, opening of entries, details on content and prices between now and the end of November. Please note! The number of places is limited…

Full details and cost between now and the beginning of December on this link.

When : Saturday 26 & Sunday 27/01.

Where : RDV at the Village BIG uP & Down Village in Arc 1800 at 9.00 pm, return on Sunday in the afternoon.



Scarpa is celebrating its 80th anniversary at the BIG UP & Down.

You are cordially invited for drinks /a film in Arc 1600 at La Coupole on Friday evening from 6.45 pm onwards. Films: « Entre les lignes » (Between the lines) steep-slope skiing seen by Vivian Bruchez, and shorts from the Nocta series. Drinks and conversation with the protagonists.

Throughout the weekend, Scarpa will introduce you to its world and its products, through a service plus for the participants of Girls Only – and other surprises !

Salomon Mountain Academy on Snow is back for a session with Tony Lamiche & friends, details to follow.


  EDITION 2018

The Big Up & Down, what is it, who’s it for and when is it?

The 4th Big Up & Down will take place on 2, 3 and 4 February 2018!

This event is the unmissable gathering for those who love ski-touring and a challenge – but not just them! It’s also a great opportunity to get to know this sport. There are 3 sporting events, as testing as they are exciting, awaiting you with such renowned sports people as Kilian Jornet and Enak Gavaggio!

Open to everyone, there’s something for all age groups and all tastes!

Once again this year, part of the great programme is dedicated to girls, « Girls Only ». An experience to discover ski-touring or to improve amongst girls, all overseen by Liv Sansoz and Caroline Freslon, champions of the sport.


Friday 02 February :THE KILIANOMETRE

With headtorches to light the way, the athletes start in Arc 1600 for a steep night-time climb to the top of the Arpette… A highlight open to everyone with big names from sport leading the way!

To reward the athletes for their efforts and the spectators for their support, there’s croziflette for all at La Coupole and prize-giving.

Saturday 03 February : THE BELLE MONTEE

An event where «each at their own pace » is the order of the day. Untimed, the Belle Montée is a short climb by the light of head-torches and supervised by instructors…and there’s a surprise activity to motivate the athletes on the way up!

In short, it’s an activity that’s challenging and fun, without the clock taking over ;)

Sunday 04 February : THE BIG NAK

What is the Big Nak? Briefly, it’s a little climbing, a lot of downhill and a stopwatch over a course designed by Enak Gavaggio, a member of team Les Arcs…


-    A Test Village on the snow front where you can discover and try the ski-touring ranges of fifteen brands.

-   Workshops to learn about safety ideas and supervised introductions to the sport


Entries open on 02 November 2017 : https://www.weezevent.com/big-updown-2018-l-evenement-freerando

Find all the info on:  communitytouringclub.com/big-up-down-concept/

To find out more about ski touring in Les Arcs, click here : https://en.lesarcs.com/activities/winter-sport-activities/ski-touring.html


Dans quelques jours, le Big Up & Down

Qui dit nouvelle année dit aussi dernière ligne droite avant le Big Up & Down  ! Voici les dernier préparatifs pour une édition millésime 2018 qui s'annonce grandiose avec le dernier teaser de l'événement.

A record attendance for the 3rd BIG uP & Down, the biggest ski touring event for the general public!

The Big uP & Down in a few figures:

  • 344 testers over the whole weekend were able to find out what’s new from 15 brand names,
  • 200 people took part in the Belle Montée, a convivial excursion by the light of head-torches,
  • 69 entrants for the Kilianomètre, a steep climb of 850m at night won by Mathéo Jacquemoud, the winner of the last Pierra Menta!
  • No less than 73 entrants for the Big Nak which closed the weekend in style over an original course with special timed uphill and downhill sections! This unique race thought up by Enak Gavaggio was won by the most complete skier: Enak Gavaggio himself!
  • And more than 70 people were able to try out the sport through specific workshops

Amongst the new events this year was a Girls Only excursion run by the ski-mountaineering champion Caroline Freslon and the renowned mountaineer Liv Sansoz, which put big smiles on the faces of those who took part.

22 to 24 January 2016

Do you like ski touring? Do you enjoy a challenge?

It’s now time to pick up the gauntlet and the BIG UP & DOWN is the dream opportunity!

From 22 to 24 January, 3 events, as testing as they are exciting, await you in the company of famous sports people!

On the programme:


On 22/01/2016 from 5.00 to 9.00 p.m.

In a single night-time ascent,come and challenge the famous Kilian Jornet, «the extraterrestrial of the trail» starting in Arc 1600!


All results


On 23/01/2016 from 5.30 to 9.00 p.m.

Enjoy a star-spangled sky and an outstanding night-time landscape throughout this great (free) climb with 400m of height differential. That’s what the Great Climb promises!



The home made BIG NAK

24/01/2016 from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

The idea of Enak Gavaggio, a member of Team Les Arcs, and designed by him, this is an endurance event on both the climb and the descent that awaits you starting in the Test Village in Arc 1800! So, ready?


All results

Not forgetting the presence over the 3 days of the Arc 1800Test Village, at Mille8 next to the Lodge restaurant where you can try ski touring equipment on site from:

  • 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on 22/01/2016 (aimed at mountain pros) 
  • 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on 23/01/2016
  • 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 pm on 24/01/2016


Don’t wait to enter - places are limited!

>> Further information here <<


Kilian Jornet... Enak Gavaggio..., are these names familiar to you? With these two renowned athletes, you can share a weekend focusing on all aspects of ski touring!

For its 2nd appearance in les Arcs, the Big Up & Down will be set up on the Arc 1800 snow front from 27 to 29 January 2017.

On the agenda for this long weekend: ski touring with everyone bringing their own ability and wishes with the aim of sharing and enjoying themselves!

This year, part of the programme will be "Girls Only" and dedicated to girls who want an introduction to ski touring or who want to hone their skills, all supervised by champions in the sport who are happy to share their passion such as Caroline Freslon and Liv Sansoz .


! New in les Arcs !

This year we are offering 2 new  ski touring trails  to introduce you to the sport and for you to train on!

On the menu this weekend celebrating the heel lift and the joyful turn!

Friday 27 in the evening -the Kilianometre: an ascent open to everyone and led by the trail-running and ski-mountaineering champion Kilian Jornet himself!

Saturday 28 evening - the Belle Montée: untimed, everyone at their own pace, a little climb by the light of head torches and supervised by instructors. Do it with your friends, to make new ones, for a laugh and of course before the downhill run, some hot soup!

Sunday 29 - the Big Nak designed and laid out by Enak Gavaggio for endurance skiing, over part of the les Arcs ski area. On the menu: some slices of downhill and little morsels of uphill. All with two options: the light version or the XXL version. 

Throughout the weekend:

 - A Test Village on the snow front, to discover & test the ski touring range of fifteen brands.
 - Workshops to learn about the safety and with supervised introductions.

Entries open 15 October.
Further details:

   The BIG uP & Down is a Community Touring Club (CTC) event. 


Big uP & Down :
3 days in celebration of ski touring!

The Big uP & Down, the unique modern event for all forms of ski touring organised by the Community Touring Club with the support of Snowleader.com was held in les Arcs from 22 to 24 January 2016.

Three days celebrating lifting the heel with two sporting challenges led by Kilian Jornet (the 2015 Gold medallist in the vertical race and in the individual event at the Ski Touring World Championships) and Enak Gavaggio of Team Les Arcs, a Belle Montée (Great Climb) under the stars and an equipment testing village.

Friday 22 January – The Night time Kilianometre

It was under an almost full moon that the entrants to the Kilianometre, the montée sèche led by Kilian Jornet, started on the Friday evening. The hundred or so competitors lined up at the start in Arc 1600, ready to do battle with the « Catalan chamois » and Laëtita Roux.

The latter took part in the race in the company of skiers who favour the wide ski: Enak Gavaggio, Mathieu Navillod and Romain Grojean of Team Les Arcs… ! A freeride spirit that revitalised this former Alpine skier.


Le Scratch du kilianomètre

1 - Kilian Jornet
2 - Joris Perillat-Pessey
3 - Sébastien Fayolle

All the results of the men’s and women’s races

Saturday 23 January – Unleash your heels and your good humour!

As evening fell, a hundred or so tourers gathered in Arc 1800 for the start of the Belle Montée. The idea was simple: without stopwatches and with nothing at stake, a climb of about 400m of height difference under the stars.

Skiers from all over the country gathered at the start: Cédric Pugin, Jérémy Prévost, Adrien Coirier of Team Les Arcs, Caroline Freslon, Ingrid Jacquemod and Fabien Maierhofer of Bon Appétit.

Head torches in place, they all fitted their skins and unleashed their good humour for a shared snow riding moment!


Sunday 24January– The only endurance event of its kind in the world!

The Big Nak gave free expression to freerando … in its full dimension and over the whole les Arcs ski area! A good helping of downhill seasoned with a bit of uphill and sheer fun!

The competitors set off from Arc 1800, in a « le Mans 24 hours » style start, the competitors on one side and their skis on the other! A splendid and panoramic setting at the top of the Aiguille Grive (2 732m), the last stop on the course with a view over the Grande Casse, the Grande Motte, Mont Pourri, the Aiguille Rouge, Mont Blanc and the Dent du Géant.


Le Scratch du Big Nak

1 - Enak Gavaggio
2 - Eric Chatrian
3 - Victor Bernard

All the results of the men’s and women’s races


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