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Alpine World Ski Championships odds

Thirty years ago, the beauty and sparkling white snow of Courchevel and Méribel captivated the world as the neighboring French Alps resorts played a leading role during the Albertville 1992 Olympic Winter Games. Three decades later, the legacy left is inspiring, as the two Alpine towns are still hosting major international sporting competitions.

Perrine Pelen is the president of the Courchevel-Méribel World Cup Finals Organizing Committee and will also serve in a leading role at next season’s two-week world championships.

“It is the first time that FIS gave the organization of world championships to two different resorts,” said Pelen, a three-time Olympic skiing medalist, having represented her native France in Lake Placid 1980 and Sarajevo 1984. “They are just ten kilometers away from each other and if you are skiing, you take two chairlifts and you can ski from one valley to another one.

“Having the opportunity to arrange this event in these two resorts is just huge, because they each have their own proper experiences.”

During the 1992 Albertville Games, Courchevel was the setting for men’s ski jumping, while Méribel hosted both ice hockey and women’s alpine skiing events.

L'Éclipse has already been recognised as one of the most challenging runs in the world. According to the first champions to have studied its layout and had the privilege of descending, The Eclipse will undoubtedly become one of the top 3 most demanding slopes on the world circuit.

Thrill-seeking skiers will delight in descending the vertiginous 3,200 metres from the summit of the Col de la Loze (2,234m). Right at the start, the first thrill comes from the sight of the slope with its average incline of 30%. The second comes lower down, when skiers slide through a dense forest... blocking out the sunlight. Experience zero gravity on this unique run before arriving in the heart of the picturesque village of Praz (1,300m).

An updated logo has been unveiled for the 2023 International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Ski Championships in Courchevel-Méribel. The design, described as "sleek and elegant", is said to have "more assertive emphasis" of the two French resorts.

Two young skiers, Anais from Courchevel and Tom from Méribel, unveiled the new emblem. It came as Organising Committee staff moved into their new office at Les Praz in Courchevel. "The downhill track is in our view and serves as constant motivation for us to be ready for the Championships," said Perrine Pelen, the director of the Organising Committee.

Organisers have launched a detailed master plan to assess the stages leading up to the event taking place. Michel Vion, the President of the French Ski Association, welcomed the progress and said: "We will be judged on the finished product and we have to aim to deliver fantastic World Championships."

Pelen also highlighted the longstanding winter sports and ski recreation legacy left by the Albertville 1992 Winter Games.

“The legacy is just huge – when you look at the ski resorts in the Savoy now, it is owed to Albertville 100 percent,” Pelen said. “Before the Olympic Games, it was more difficult to travel by train and drive between these different resorts

“The ski resorts developed very fast since Albertville and it gave this international image of these ski resorts. Now, we have more and more foreign tourists in our ski resorts.”

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