Third ISMF World Cup event in Flaine, Arâches-la-Frasse, France is confirmed


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Following the withdrawal of Courchevel, the French member federation of the ISMF – the Fédération Française de la Montagne et de l’Escalade (FFME) – managed to find another location to recover the competitions. Three weeks before the event, Flaine, in Arâches-la-Frasse, is ready to welcome the ski mountaineering community for a World Cup event with an Individual race on Friday 5 and a Sprint race on Saturday 6 February 2021.

The ISMF General & Event Manager Roberto Cavallo is proud to announce: “We really wanted to complete our calendar and, despite the challenges this season, we have worked hard in close collaboration with the FFME and the Flaine organisers to make this possible. There is something exciting in the air: nowadays the world looks like frozen, where any action in any direction seems to be vain and impossible to do, however we have been able together with our partners to offer an international calendar full of important events, also including the World Championships in March in Andorra”.

The ISMF reminds that the event will be carried out in compliance with the ISMF Covid criteria. Full information will be released soon on the ISMF website.


Technical information:

Accommodation & meals:

The accommodation will be at the UCPA Centre Les Lindars (Flaine Forum, 74300 Arâches-la-Frasse, France – website). The UCPA Centre (350 beds) will host only ISMF World Cup teams. It will be possible to be accommodated at the UCPA Centre from Sunday 31 January 2021 (evening).

As regards the meals, it will be necessary to follow a precise Covid protocol, which will require that meals will be taken at specific times and respecting the places that will be assigned to everyone to avoid participants from mixing.

To book your accommodation, please get in contact with Mr. François Léonardon (


COVID-19 & France:

Since restrictions regarding Covid-19 in France can change every day, the ISMF provides the website link of the French Ministry of the Interior (in French and English).

Summarising the current situation, the ISMF would like to inform that:

  1. For people from countries belonging to the European Union, Andorra, Switzerland, Norway:
  • No restrictions to enter France: Therefore, the ISMF considers valid the conditions to enter the ISMF Event’s country reported in the Appendix 2 of the ISMF Covid-19 Guidelines.
  • Curfew from 18:00 to 6:00
  1. For United Kingdom:
  • Necessity of negative PCR test (no more than 72 hours before entering France)
  • Necessity of a letter/certificate for movements (to ask the LOC – Emilie Gheux:
  1. For teams from different countries of the ones listed above (extra European Union):
  • Necessity of negative PCR test (no more than 72 hours before entering France)
  • Quarantine of 7 days in France with a second negative PCR test
  • Necessity of a letter/certificate for movements (to ask the LOC – Emilie Gheux:

Other online information at:


Direct movements from Verbier to Flaine:

Following some further internal exchanges on this topic, the ISMF and the LOC have decided that for those who need to move directly from Verbier to Flaine:

  • It is not necessary to do a Covid-19 to enter France (respecting the conditions of “in advance” – Appendix 2), according to what stated in point 1 above.
  • After entering France, they shall do an antigen or PCR test no more than 72 hours before the start of the first competition, which can be organised by the LOC ( on Tuesday 2 or Wednesday 3 February 2021. The test is always in charge to the concerned person.


Tests on site:

Furthermore, the LOC would like to let know that there will be the possibility to do a Covid-19 test on site:

  • Before the event: on Tuesday 2 or Wednesday 3 February 2021
  • To come back to the home country: on Friday 5 or Saturday 6 February 2021

Both antigen and PCR tests are available:

  • Antigen: Immediate result, to be done in Arâches-la-Frasse (Pharmacie des Carroz), cost: 33,00 €.
  • PCR: results in 24/48 hours, to be done in Cluses (to be confirmed).

Tests must be booked in advance by Tuesday 26 January 2021 at by sending the complete list with personal information of the people (name, surname, address, postcode, town, country, phone number, email address and chosen kind of test to be performed).


Roberto Cavallo, General & Event Manager,, +39 3355745945


About the ISMF
Founded in 2007, the International Ski Mountaineering Federation ISMF is the global governing body for ski mountaineering competitions. Since 2016, the organization is officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee IOC. Its main goals are the promotion, regulation and development of the ski mountaineering sport worldwide. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the ISMF’s membership consists of 38 national mountaineering or ski sports federations in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The ISMF organizes ski mountaineering World Cup events and World Championships. For the first time, ski mountaineering has been a medal sport at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne Switzerland. The ISMF’s ambition is to become an Olympic sport by the 2026 Winter Games in Milano-Cortina, Italy.

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