Champoluc - the home of the fastest skier in the world!


Every year I make plans with my friends where we will go over the Christmas break. Usually I take it upon myself to look for the place and book a hotel with tickets and transfer. In 2014 we decided to go to a place not very familiar to Russian tourists - Champoluc. After a correspondence with several hotels our accommodation was made in an old hotel owned by the Oregone family! Then we didn't know it. And only at the end of our stay in the cozy family-run hotel Villa Anna Maria we met Simone Origone - the fastest skier in the world. That's how it happened.

Villa Anna Maria
Villa Anna Maria

​The Oregone Family

By the way, the Russian name Semyon in Italian sounds like Simone! So, on our final evening after dinner, Semyon's namesake approached him and presented two posters with his autograph. Simone told me that it was from him for my children. The poster was in Russian. And only when we read about the world record and googled who it was, we were in utter amazement. At the hotel we mostly communicated with Simone’s sister. Annalisa met us at the hotel and escorted to our room, assisted with various issues. And only a few times we had a glimpse of Simone. We still have the poster with his autograph hanging in a prominent place.

There are four children in the Origone family: Annalisa, Jean Noel, Ivan and Simone Origone. The whole family are perfect skiers, but two brothers, Ivan and Simone, got fascinated with the downhill. Both brothers show the best results in the world and constantly compete with each other. They are real stars in their town, in Italy and the world sports community. When I asked Simone whether he would take part in the Olympic Games in Sochi, he answered: "Unfortunately no, because the downhill is not an Olympic sport." The downhill is a very specific and very extreme sport. On skis athletes gather the speed of a racing car - over 250 km/h! In March 2016 the world record was set by Ivan Origone with a speed of 254.96 km/h!

I found an article by a Russian journalist from The National Geographic on the Internet a