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The Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley, the Trail Running Valley

In just a few years, Chamonix Valley-Mont Blanc has become a favourite trail running destination.

Its history, the conquest of Mont Blanc, the way it is laid out — a choice of fast and exposed routes with a variety of total height differences — attract thousands of trail runners from all over the world during the summer season.

Routes

18 waymarked routes between Servoz and Vallorcine
Far away from the standard hiking trails, 18 routes of varying lengths are reserved only for trail runners:

  • S route lasting between 1 and 2 hours
  • M route lasting between 2 and 4 hours
  • L route lasting between 4 and 8 hours

Each numbered waymaker fixed to a trailside post (and marked in the route guide) indicates the direction of travel.
The route guides can be downloaded from :

> www.valleedutrail.com

Maison du Trail

New in 2014: The Maison du Trail [Trail Centre information] will open on 30 June.

For the first year after its opening, two young trailers from Chamonix will be available to receive trail enthusiasts. Sacha Devillaz, a young hopeful of Team Salomon, and Quentin Stephan (of Team Lafuma). Every day, from 9:00 to 19:00, they will take turns to welcome, advise, provide indications and talk with amateurs or professionals to choose the best terrain according to the weather, the conditions of the paths and the levels of the participants !

3 major races

In the last 35 years, different races have established the reputation of Trail Running Valley

The Mont Blanc Marathon :
6 race formats attract, 5,500 runners of 50 nationalities.
Children’s mini cross, KM Vertical, 10 km du Mont-Blanc, Cross du Mont-Blanc (23 km), Marathon du Mont-Blanc (42 km), and new for 2013 the 80 km du Mont-Blanc with 6,000 m of total height difference.
> Website

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®
in 10 year, it has become an international event.
4 events will take place around Mont Blanc: the UTMB®, the flagship race: 168 km and 9,600m total ascent, the CCC® (100 km and 5,950 m total ascent), the TDSTM (119 km and 7,250 m total ascent) and the PTLTM adventure race (300 km, 24,000 m total ascent). 6,000 racers, 74 nationalities.
> Website

Le Trail des Aiguilles Rouges
This major event for expert trail runners takes place on September. The very first time it was held, the TAR (50 km, 4,000 m total ascent) earned its reputation as the ultimate mountain trail running race.
> Website

 

Trail openings and info

for more information please consult : > www.valleedutrail.com

Starting point Duration Route name Status Comments
Argentière
Gare SNCF Argentière
S
0:50 - 1:50
Circuit Argentière - le Tour - Tré le Champ Path forbidden for the moment between Le Planet and Le Tour
Argentière
Arrêt Bus - Les Chosalets
M
1:40 - 3:30
Circuit les Chosalets - le Lavancher - alpage de la Pendant Missing sign after km 7
Argentière
Gare SNCF Montroc
L
3:00 - 6:00
Circuit Montroc - Catogne - aiguillette des Posettes Secteur enneigé
Chamonix
Parking du Mont-Blanc
S
0:45 - 1:45
Circuit Chamonix - Floria mountain café - Les Praz
Chamonix
Arrêt SNCF la Joux
M
1:30 - 3:20
Traverse la Joux - sentier des Gardes - Chamonix Last part forbidden until the 29th may 2015
Chamonix
Gare SNCF les Pélerins
L
3:50 - 7:35
Circuit les Gaillands - aiguillette des houches - Brévent Secteur enneigé
Chamonix
Chamonix
XL
6:50 - ...
Mont Blanc Marathon Topo en préparation
Chamonix
Place de l'Eglise
XL
9:15 - ...
Trail des Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix-Vallorcine Secteur enneigé
Chamonix
Place de l'Eglise
XL
8:30 - 14:00
Trail des Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix-Servoz Secteur enneigé
Chamonix
Parking du Mont-Blanc
XL
8:30 - 14:00
Trail des Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix-les Houches Secteur enneigé
les Houches
Gare SNCF les Houches
M
1:40 - 3:35
Circuit les Houches - Plan de la Cry - Merlet
Servoz
Gare SNCF Servoz
S
1:00 - 2:10
Traverse Servoz - Vaudagne - les Houches
Servoz
Gare SNCF Servoz
M
1:45 - 3:45
Circuit Servoz - les Ayères - lac Vert
Servoz
Gare SNCF Servoz
L
3:25 - 6:50
Traverse Servoz - le Prarion - Mont Lachat - les Houches Secteur enneigé
Vallorcine
Gare SNCF Vallorcine
S
0:40 - 1:35
Circuit Vallorcine - les Mayens - les Parts
Vallorcine
Gare SNCF Vallorcine
M
1:40 - 3:25
Circuit Vallorcine - Bérard valley - Loriaz refuge
Vallorcine
Gare SNCF Vallorcine
L
3:15 - 6:30
Circuit Vallorcine - col du Passet - Aiguillettes Parrées Secteur enneigé
Vallorcine
Gare SNCF Vallorcine
L
3:45 - 7:30
Traverse Vallorcine - col de Salenton - Servoz Secteur enneigé

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