Thibault Anselmet, winner of the Ski Mountaineering World Cup 2023 + 2024

Two-time winner of the Ski Mountaineering World Cup (2023 and 2024), leader of the French ski mountaineering team, Thibault Anselmet, is the proud bearer of the colors of his resort, Bonneval sur Arc. Immerse yourself in its history.

Leader in ski mountaineering

Meeting with... The star of French ski mountaineering
Don't be fooled, under his airs of discreet young man and behind his fine physique, Thibault Anselmet hides the face of a committed competitor. A world champion ski mountaineer with a strong character.

In 2021, for his very first year on the senior circuit, Thibault Anselmet ended the ski mountaineering season (the competition side of ski touring) with a small globe in the vertical race and a second place in the overall World Cup ranking! In 2022, he confirmed this with a new second place in the overall ranking. A frustrating second place for this exceptional champion, naturally gifted, passionate about his sport, hard-working and attentive to every detail. Thibault then clearly announced his objective: to win the "Gros Globe" in 2023, i.e. the overall ranking of the ski mountaineering World Cup. He achieved this goal during this exceptional season , during which he also won the World Champion title in the mixed relay (with Emily Harrop) at the March 2023 Championships in Boí Taüll, Spain. During these championships, Thibault also won the silver medal in sprint!

Once you've reached the top, the hardest thing is to stay there. That's what Thibault Anselmet did in 2024, winning the Gros Globe once again. This year, he also won the title in "sprint", an ultra-spectacular discipline that will be part of the 2026 Olympic Games.

Meet Thibault Anselmet, The star of French ski mountaineering

2024: World Cup overall winner (Large Globe) + sprint winner (Small Globe)!

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2024: an exceptional new season

"After winning the World Cup overall in 2023, I wanted to show that I was capable of being at the top level again. It was the season's
objective of the season and I've confirmed it. It's no mean feat to stay at the top world level for two seasons in a row". In 2024, Thibault Anselmet once again confirmed his dominance of world ski mountaineering. With Le Gros Globe (overall World Cup winner) + the Globe in sprint. At the European Championships, he also won two medals: bronze in the individual event and silver in the mixed relay with Celia Perillat Pessey. As for the French Championships, he simply pulled off a grand slam with 4 titles (French champion in individual, sprint, vertical and mixed relay)! Unbeatable!
Thibault Anselmet, the ski touring culture

A family history

Like many local children, Thibault Anselmet took up skiing when he could barely walk. Not surprising, given that his father was a mountaineer himself. A member of the Ski Club at Bonneval sur Arc (a resort that has been awarded the "Terre d'Alpinisme" label by the UNESCO Committee), he took to the peaks before switching to ski mountaineering as a teenager. And it wasn't long before he was following in his father's footsteps. Between transmission and admiration: "He used to pick me up from boarding school on Wednesdays to end the day with dry climbs in our Haute Maurienne Vanoise resorts.

Ski mountaineering became much more than a discipline for the young Maurienne: "This sport is physically and mentally difficult and you learn a lot about yourself. You discover yourself. It also allows you to go wherever you want in the mountains, without being restricted to slopes or lifts.

Ski mountaineering is a family affair in the Anselmet family. During the 2023 World Championships, during which Thibault Anselmet became world champion, his brother Jérémy won silver in the U20 mixed relay!

A deep impulse of freedom

Inspired at an early age by the likes of Kilian Jornet, benevolently advised by his father, and supported by his local council and the Tourist Office, Thibault Anselmet progressed rapidly. And his talent and abilities are unmistakable: the man who used to work as a carpenter has become one of the only Frenchmen in the discipline to turn professional in 2021, thanks to a contract with the Army of Champions. At just 83 m tall, the skier from Bonneval sur Arc has broad shoulders: "Of course, my ambitions are higher. I'm aiming for overall World Cup victory, and why not an Olympic medal too? The sprint and mixed relay will make their debut at the Milan Olympics in 2026: "That would clearly be a medium-term objective."

Thibault Anselmet, a deep impulse of freedom
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To the moon, Thibault Anselmet

To the moon

In 2023, Thibault Anselmet set himself the highest goal in his discipline: to win the overall World Cup ski mountaineering ranking. He achieved this goal through hard work and a strong mental attitude. In 2023, he has reached the moon: Thibault's impressions with his new video "To the moon".

Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Ski touring culture

A leading figure in ski mountaineering in France, Thibault Anselmet is also indicative of a ski touring culture that is firmly rooted in the Haute Maurienne Vanoise resorts. Races and events are regularly organized in the resorts (Trace du Châtelard in Aussois, Traversée des Rois Mages in Valfréjus, montée de l'Eterlou in La Norma...), and special itineraries have been set up in Aussois, Val Cenis and Bessans.

Bessans and Bonneval sur Arc have even been awarded the " Land of Mountaineering " label by UNESCO, thanks in no small part to their ski touring culture.

Thibault Anselmet may still be young (he was born in 1997), but the next generation is already here: Anselme Damevin and Louane Roussillon, from Val Cenis, are among France's finest youngsters, as is Thibault's brother Jérémy Anselmet. Anselme won the U23 world title at the 2023 World Championships, and Jérémy also medaled at the same event.

With such a density, Haute Maurienne Vanoise is now the land of France's ski mountaineering champions.

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