The Bélier takes place in the ski resort of La Clusaz. There are three versions of the event, in January for the white trail, in June for the mountain bike and in August for the classic trail.
Le Bélier, an event rooted in the resort
Le Bélier is a key event in La Clusaz. The event was born from the meeting of several running and hiking enthusiasts. From 1989, the trail was open to mountain bikes until 1999. In 1995, 2,000 participants were reached. Today, more than 4,000 participants take part every year, including some 1,500 hikers.
Le Bélier is divided into 3 events
Today, Le Bélier is divided into three variants, in January, June and August:
- The Bélier Blanc. Two snow trails and a hike are organised.
- Le Bélier VTT. 10 events are offered. Of different levels, they allow even the youngest to start running.
- The Bélier trail. 8 races are organised here, including one dedicated to children.
Practical information to enjoy the event
Whether you are a runner or a simple spectator, here are a few recommendations to make the most of Le Bélier, whatever the season. If you live near Annecy, opt for carpooling or public transport rather than taking your car. This will help the planet.
If you take part in the Trail du Bélier, be aware that dogs are not allowed on the course. So don’t take your dog with you, leave it at the hotel or have it looked after by your family.
Make sure you wear clothes that are suitable for the weather conditions. Remember that the weather changes rapidly in the mountains and that this can have an impact on the race.
Where to stay for Aries?
Enjoying the event also involves accommodation. Here are some hotels where you can make a reservation for Aries.
The Beauregard Hotel
The Beauregard hotel is located at the foot of the slopes of La Clusaz. This Savoyard-style accommodation offers views of the resort and the mountains. You can enjoy traditional dishes in the hotel’s restaurant.
From 112€ per night.
Alpen Roc Hotel
The Alpen Roc Hotel is located 150 metres from the ski lifts. The swimming pool, sauna and hammam will help you start your recovery after the Aries. The cuisine is made from fresh, local products.
From 173€ per night.
The Carlina is an accommodation located in the heart of the resort of La Clusaz. Some of the rooms offer a beautiful view of the mountains and a balcony. In addition, you can enjoy the spa and wellness centre.
From 132€ per night.
Hotel La Montagne
La Montagne is a mountain-style hotel. It is only 150 metres from the slopes and offers a beautiful view of the Aravis mountain range. The restaurant offers traditional and regional cuisine.From 54€ per night.
The 2023 edition
The dates of the 2023 edition are already known. We suggest you discover them below.
The White Aries
The 2023 edition of the Bélier Banc will be held on 14 January. Registrations are already open for the 8 and 14 km trails, as well as for the 6 km snowshoe hike. The start will be at the bottom of the Bossonnet telemix and the finish at the Place de l’Église.
It is compulsory to have a headlamp with you. We also recommend that you bring shoes with spikes to avoid slipping during the event. Don’t forget to adapt your clothing to the weather conditions.
The Aries Mountain Bike
The Bélier VTT will take place on 10 and 11 June 2023. Back on the programme after a break of several years, this race will allow you to combine sport and pleasure. You will ride through part of the Aravis mountain range and enjoy the scenery.
To encourage the mountain bikers, we recommend that you go to the Confins, the Merdassier pass or the Croix Fry pass. The summit of Crêt du Merle is also an option, especially if you want to go for a walk.
The Aries Trail
The Trail du Bélier 2023 will take place from 25 to 27 August 2023. It is a well-known and unmissable trail in Haute-Savoie. The trail participants can be followed live, thanks to mats placed on the ground, all along the course.
In parallel, a village of exhibitors is accessible in the heart of the village of La Clusaz.Extra info: sticks are not allowed on the 7 and 15 kilometres.