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.
At the last edition the Italian team made up of Filippo Barazzuol and William Boffelli rewrote a page of the history of the SELLARONDA SKIMARATHON by breaking the 3 hour barrier marking an unbelievable time of 2 hours 56 mins and 59 secs.
Even in the female category the team made up of Laetitia Roux (F)/Martina Valmassoi (ITA) were by no means less significant with a phenomenal 3 hours 32 mins and 37 secs.
The Sellaronda Skimarathon once again proved to be the Formula One of Ski-mountaineering racing.
At the starting line another record was broken: the amount of people registered and those who started the race was higher than the previous editions, this is also thanks to the excellent conditions and excellent organization, which for the past few years has been attracting thousands of passionate ski-mountaineers.
The positive outcome of the SELLARONDA SKIMARATHON 2019 increases that great feeling of waiting for next year’s edition, which will be a great accomplishment in the history of the event since it will mark the twenty five years from its birth.
Corvara in 2020 will host the start and arrival of the race.
We are therefore positive that the SELLARONDA SKIMARATHON even in the next editions will continue giving everyone strong emotions, incredible and unforgettable moments; as it has always done.