On the course Bourg Saint Maurice, which is very well known by white water specialists, various international competitions and specially the world championship of 1969 and 1987 were organized until 1996..

The best high level course in the world was devastated by a flood in 1996 which resulted in a field of dispersed rocks. The stakes were important: the town of Bourg Saint Maurice ask us to rebuild a white water course as difficult and beautiful as the former within a few months.

An importante slope and a insured flow thanks to the hydro-electric structure of Tignes, make that Bourg Saint Maurice is an ideal place for a great white water course. That’s why the canoe kayak is one of the principal activities of the town. In very short terms, the Isère River has been rebuilt to match the hydraulic characteristics corresponding to the criteria of the International Canoe Federation for the organisation of high level competitions (in particular the 2002 World Championships).

The new course has been determined by international athletes as one of the most difficult and beautiful white water courses of the world.


Bourg St Maurice
Bourg St Maurice


Bourg St Maurice
Bourg St Maurice

Characteristics of the Bourg-St-Maurice white water course

Water supply By gravity
Flow rate 25 m³/s
Length 300 m
Width From 15 to 20 m
Drop 11.5 m
Difficulty IV
  • Cost: 412 000 euros
  • Client: Commune de Bourg St Maurice
  • Work done by EDF: Summary pre project phase, Tender file, Assistance to select the contruction companies and the Construction follow-up
  • Opening: June 1997
  • Main events: World Cup slalom in 1997, France Championships in 1998 and 1999 World Cup and 2001 World Championships 2002


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