The air is crisp, there is a different perfume in the mountains, the colors are diluted, everything stops, a magic silence warns us that it is about to snow. When the first snowflakes fall a ski-mountaineer’sfirst thought is to go down into the cellar and check out the “ equipment for the job “.
Even before switching the light on and before walking into where the skis are lying, there is a familiar, magical world, there is the smell of wax which announces that everything is ready to be taken onto the snow. The “ Sellaronda Skimarathon “ stamp on the skis and on the other gear take us back thanks to all those wonderful memories.
So much fatigue, thousands of meters of vertical height gain to cross the Sellaronda’s finish line and to be sure of being a step from paradise. Thoughts fly along the itinerary which is 42 km long with 2700 meters of vertical height gain which develops along the largest ski resort of the world, the Dolomiti Superski which runs along the famous ski slopes which embrace the Sella group conquering the Dolomiti mountain passes of Sella, Gardena, Campolongo and Pordoi.
Last year was record edition with the Swiss athletes Martin Anthamatten/ Werner Marti who marked the new best time in 3h04’30”, as well as the female couple formed by Alba De Silvestro and Jennifer Fichter registering a phenomenal time of 3h37’58”.
In 2019 the 24th edition will start from Selva di Gardena, an appointment that should not be missed, a unique show of its kind which can be followed at home thanks to the lice streaming which will talk about the 1300 Sellarondisti live and their feats.
For all competitors there is the desire to return to Selva di Gardena after skiing on the legendary snow of “Sellaronda”, but for the top skiers there is the challenge of trying to break the 3 hour barrier.