New black ski run to open in French Alp’s Courchevel

PUBLISHED: 17:09 18 September 2020 | UPDATED: 17:29 18 September 2020

What is your ski level? (c) Courchevel Tourisme

What is your ski level? (c) Courchevel Tourisme

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Could this new ski run in Courchevel be one of the world’s most challenging?

With the summer drawing to a close, thoughts may be beginning to drift ahead to winter holidays and when we might next be able to hit the slopes of our favourite French ski resorts.

But are you envisioning a pleasant slow downhill journey as you admire some alpine scenery? Or how does speeding through a dense forest sound?

A calmer area of ski terrain (c) Courchevel TourismeA calmer area of ski terrain (c) Courchevel Tourisme

The new Éclipse black run in Courchevel, Savoie, is set to become one of the most challenging runs in the world and is opening in December 2020.

Created for only the most experienced of skiers, the run will be used as the men’s racetrack during the 2023 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

It takes a 3,200-metre route from the summit of the Col de la Loze (2,234m) to the picturesque village of Praz at 1,300m.

Starting above the treeline with an average incline of 30%, it will be fast and furious from the get go, and lower down, the track enters dark dense forest. This is not a route for the faint-hearted.

Courchevel is currently due to open for its 2020/21 season on 5 December until 23 April with social distancing measures in place.

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