|Founding father of the SELLARONDA
Over twenty years ago in Canazei three or four
friends with a great passion for ski mountaineering,
one autumn evening while chatting away in a pub, “invented” the
SELLARONDA SKIMARATHON. A few months later with the first
snowfall they set off at night to give their dream a
go, “ the
4 passes” . They spent almost all night on the
slopes. At the beginning they discussed all the organizational
aspects, above all deciding whether it was better to
tackle the circuit clock-wise or anti-clockwise, as well
as where to tackle the ascent to Passo Campolongo (Bec
One of those friends was Diego Perathoner,
who in ’95
decided to organise the “Tour of the 4 passes” with
skins. He thus became the head of the Organizational
Committee coordinating the four Ladin valleys which surround
the Sella massif to initiate this innovative project.
He also had the bright idea of rotating the starting/arrival
town each year to give each valley a turn. If there were
only 100 couples at the starting line of the first edition
over the years it became the world’s most famous
ski mountaineering race on groomed slopes, in fact after
its 6th edition Diego had to put a limit on the number
of athletes registering.
The first 5-6 editions were dominated
by the legendary couple Chicco Pedrini and Fabio Meraldi,
a few years later they handed over their crown to Hansjorg
Lunger and Guido Giacomelli.
A few editions were very
difficult to organize due to the severe weather conditions,
with strong winds and heavy snowfalls all the Organizational
Committee was put to the test.