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From 25th to 27th January 2019


  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 :

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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.

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



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!


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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?


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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!

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