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Two French Ski Instructors Set New Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route Speed Record

Bastien Fleury and Olivier Meynet Crush 108km Haute Route Ski Traverse In 16 Hours and 35 Minutes

Chamonix, France – At 0:20 on March 21, 2016, Bastien Fleury and Olivier Meynet took advantage of a perfect weather window and proceeded to set a new speed record of 16 hours and 35 minutes on the Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route Traverse.

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The Haute Route was first completed by mountain guide Toni Gobbi in the 1950’s. It covers 108 km of distance with 8350 meters gain and 7750 meters loss while crossing ski mountaineering terrain in the Alps. Most people take approximately one week to complete the traverse, staying in mountain huts along the way. Not Meynet and Fleury.

These two French ski instructors took the high route from Chamonix to Bourg-Saint-Pierre then followed the classic route from there. According to PlanetMountain.com the “route crosses Col du Chardonnet, Col de la Grande Lui, La Fouly, Col du Basset, Bourg Saint Pierre, refuge de Valsorey, Plateau du Grand Couloir, Col de Sonadon, Glacier d’Ottema, col de l’Evêque, Col du Mont Brulé and Col de Valpelline.” The new record holders were familiar with all sections of the traverse, but had never put it all together in one attempt.

The duo crushed the previous Haute Route speed record from 2013 held by Lionel Claudepierre by two hours. Previous Haute Route speed record holders include:

Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route Speed Records According To PlanetMountain.com

  • 05/2008 – 21:11:00 – Lionel Bonnel & Stéphane Brosse
  • 04/2010 – 20:28:05 – Yann Gachet & Laurent Fabre
  • 04/2011 – 18:50:29 – Jean-François Premat, Alain Premat & Sébastien Baud
  • 04/2013 – 18:35 – Lionel Claudepierre
  • 03/2016 – 16:35 – Bastien Fleury & Olivier Meynet

Fleury is a ski instructor in Chamonix and Meynet is a ski instructor in Mieussy. Congratulations!

16 hours and 35 minutes is now the time to beat. Who’s up next?

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