A thrilling double appointment with the World Cup in Val d’Isère

Excitement was running high at the 2023 edition of the Critérium de la Première Neige in Val d’Isère, marking the long-awaited return of the women’s events after a year of absence.

The women athletes took possession of the fearsome of the OK piste with determination and desire during the Downhill and Super-G.

About the organization, the comeback of this women’s competition weekend meant double workload, involving the meticulous preparation of not one, but two main slopes: the famous Face de Bellevarde and the Piste Oreiller Killy. Despite this extra preparation, the whole team was delighted to be able to offer 2 great weeks of sport.

This return of women competition in Val d’Isère is also a source of pride for the resort as these female athletes are undeniably part of the very essence and identity of this emblematic and historic event.

A fine edition of the Critérium despite the cancellation of the men’s slalom « It was a real challenge and a source of great pride to be able to deliver, collectively, this fortnight of the 68th Critérium in its complete configuration.

Organizing men’s and women’s technical and speed races at two different venues within a week of each other is always a major human, technical and logistical challenge.

It took a lot of hard work and involvement on the part of everyone who was involved, including the organizing committee and the Val d’Isère resort.

Despite the cancellation of the men’s slalom in the first week, I’ll always remember the beautiful images of this fortnight. For example, the battle on the Face in the giant slalom, which ended with a magnificent victory for Marco Odermatt. Postcard-perfect conditions for the women’s races, which were held at a very high level. The drone footage on the Oreiller-Killy slope made me feel like I was there. » Ingrid Jacquemod, Director, Club des Sports de Val d’Isère.