KEY INFORMATION – Stage 7A: Bessans – Val Cenis Polar Base presented by Francodex

Saturday 14 January 2023 will see the start of stage 7a “Bessans – Val Cenis Base Polaire” of La Grande Odyssée VVF 2023 presented by Francodex, the second stage of the Royal Canin Trophy.

Practical information:

  • Departure : 3.30 pm – 4 pm
  • Starting point : Bessans – Nordic Site
  • Finish : Polar base (not accessible to the public)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Animations on the village of La Grande Odyssée VVF :

🧣 Leave with beautiful souvenirs thanks to the official shop of La Grande Odyssée VVF, scarf, hat, plush, magnet… and many other goodies will be on sale throughout the race.

❓ Want to know more about the 19th edition? Discover the MAG’ of La Grande Odyssée VVF distributed at the information tent. For the most curious, it will be the opportunity to discover more about this event (new ITV, mountain hospital, quizz, games, official programme…).

📖 For the little ones, the YOUPI magazine with 6 pages dedicated to La Grande Odyssée VVF is also available at the information tent.

🐶 The Great North Animation will allow you to dive into this universe, two trappers and 6 beautiful dogs to pet will be present in the heart of La Grande Odyssée VVF village.

👀 Other stands run by our VVF partners will be set up, such as an introduction to biathlon and snowshoeing, a demonstration of board games and games of skill, the discovery of virtual reality with an immersive headset, awareness of soft mobility, an XXL deckchair and a competition to try and win a VVF holiday.

🧡 Try to win the ‘Super Fan’ chasuble of La Grande Odyssée VVF, by playing the competition in the information tent. Draw 30 minutes before departure.

Find out more about the Bessans resort:

Bessans has been awarded the Nordic France label and is a reference among Nordic destinations. Situated on a high plateau at an altitude of 1750 metres, the “Nordic capital of the Alps” has 133 km of groomed runs and an international biathlon stadium. To find out more about the resort, click here.


How can I follow the race from home?

📲 Follow the start live on our social networks (Facebook, Instagram) @GrandeOdyssee

📍 Follow your favourite mushers with GPS tracking:

💻 Tomorrow, follow La Grande Odyssée VVF 2023 on your screens. Many media are broadcasting this great adventure, find the broadcasting programme here.