The Run & Skate - a multi-sport event that combines skiing and trail running - returns to Chamonix for its 7th edition early next month.
This really is a test of sporting endurance, whether you compete as part of a team or individually. Competitors start with a 12km trail run, followed by a 18km cross country route.
Here's some of the action from last year:
Trails by the Arveyron and Glacier des Bois
The cross-country ski tracks are all located within the regular Chamonix Nordic routes in the areas around the Arveyron river. The trail run follows the paths that climb the Glacier des Bois.
Entry costs EUR30 for individuals and EUR56 for teams. Entries can be made online on the Run & Skate website.
Stay in Vallorcine
The Bellevue Alpine Lodge is just 20 minutes from Chamonix and will allow you the perfect base for training - away from the hustle and bustle in Chamonix itself. Rooms are available half-board or bed and breakfast from €65 per night.
Article by Iain Martin