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17th World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress

Chambéry (France), 10-13 March 2026

The 17th World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress will be held in Chambéry (France) from 10 to 13 March 2026. The overall theme for the Congress is "Ensuring road excellence in all seasons".

About Chambéry

The town of Chambéry, which has a population of 60,000, is the former capital of the Dukes of Savoy and is famous for its Elephant Fountain.

XVIIth World Winter Service and Road Resilience
Congress - Chambéry 2026

Chambéry is very accessible, thanks in particular to the Lyon and Geneva airports, which are just 45 minutes away by car, the high-speed train (less than 3 hours from Paris), the two Alpine motorways and the two emblematic tunnels connecting Chambéry to Switzerland and Italy.

The specific characteristics of this region have encouraged the development of a veritable mountain ecosystem around Chambéry. More than 3,000 entrepreneurs, employees, students, researchers, engineers and lecturers dealing with all types of mountain-related subjects - economics, science, tourism, geology, the environment, law and safety - are concentrated within a 30km radius of the town.

This Alpine town is a veritable hub for the 60 ski resorts in Savoie, France's leading mountain destination, and is at the centre of a department concerned with the challenges of road resilience.

Winter service in Savoie offers many opportunities for technical visits!

The motorway and national road network serving the Savoie region requires the departmental authorities to maintain more than 3,000 km of roads, a third of which (900 km) are located at altitudes of more than 1,000 metres. A control office run jointly by the central administration and the departmental authorities carries out surveillance activities, coordinates and manages traffic flows, and supervises the tunnels with no interruption from Albertville.

The 2026 Winter Service Organising Committee is made up of:

  • A Board of Directors led by Sandrine Chinzi (First Delegate for France) and Thierry Repentin (President of Greater Chambéry and Mayor of Chambéry) and including representatives of public authorities (State, Region, Department, Urban Community, City of Chambéry), PIARC France, private partners (motorway operators, road sector companies, equipment manufacturers)
  • An Executive Committee made up of representatives of local authorities and companies involved in winter service and road resilience management.

We look forward to welcoming you to Chambéry 2026!

>> Visit the official Congress website: https://www.piarc-chambery2026.com/en/