"[It will be] a special rendezvous for the public and the athletes after a winter rich [with] results and emotions."
The French alpine and Nordic skiing, and snowboard teams will conclude a magnificent winter season at the National Championships in Les Saisies from 25-28 March.
The competition is the perfect opportunity for the athletes to celebrate their 20 medals, including nine world titles, from 2017 less than a year from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
For the first time in history, the French Ski and Snowboard Championships will bring together all disciplines on the same site, in the Beaufortain valley.
"The event promises to be a fantastic end-of-season celebration," said Christian Femy, French team manager. “They will be the last national event before the Games. [It will be] a special rendezvous for the public and the athletes after a winter rich [with] results and emotions."
The 2017 season was marked by the World Championships where the French won 20 medals.
Amongst the headliners were Marie Bochet (women’s downhill super-G and super combined standing world champion), Arthur Bauchet (men’s giant slalom and slalom standing world champion), Maxime Montaggioni (men’s banked slalom SB-UL world champion), Thomas Clarion (guided by Antoine Bollet, cross-country relay world champion) and Anthony Chalencon (guided by Simon Valverde, cross-country relay world champion) and Benjamin Daviet (men’s middle distance cross-country and Individual biathlon standing and cross-country relay world champion).
Four-time Paralympian champion Bochet, who will compete at Les Saisies, is looking forward to the last winter rendezvous.
"I am very happy that my Beaufortain valley receives such an event.
“This will be the opportunity to share with the public and our loved ones on this season and the one to come, which looks very emotional.
The resort of Les Saisies will put on a marvellous spread to welcome us at best. I look forward to it."
Schedule (all times CET)
Saturday, 25 March
5pm: Opening Ceremony
Sunday, 26 March
9am: Alpine skiing: giant slalom
12pm: Cross-country skiing: men’s 10km, women’s 7km
3pm: Awards ceremony
Monday, 27 March
9am: Alpine skiin: slalom
12pm: Biathlon: 15km men’s and women’s 8km
3pm: Awards ceremony
Tuesday, 26 March
9am: Snowboard-cross and ski-cross
12pm: Awards ceremony
All competitions are free to watch.