A race peppered with challenges
The Sellaronda is one of the most beautiful skiing carousels in the whole world and is visited every year by countless skiers during the winter season. Hop into a lift in Dolomites Val Gardena up into the mountains and access the carousel to be rewarded by stunning views and slopes for every skiing level. And, once a year, the Sellaronda takes on a completely new shape: indeed, normally families and expert skiers would explore the carousel but on this special occasion 1,000 participants will be testing their strength, their stamina and their flexibility as well as their courage during the Sellaronda skiing marathon.
What’s so special about the race anyway
The Sellaronda skiing marathon has a track record spanning 20 years. A group of entrepreneurial and passionate skiers asked themselves if they could complete the Sellaronda at night and, before you know it, the Sellaronda marathon was born. There were some rules to follow, of course, for example only touring skis would be allowed and the only accepted form of illumination would be the helmet’s torch, as it gives off sparse light. A wish which resulted in one of the most extraordinary ski races. To this very day, the twinkling stars in the sky and the helmets of the around 1,000 participants are the only sources of light that illuminate the way ahead. Skiers compete in teams of two across 42 km featuring a good 2,800 m elevation gain uphill making this a veritable athletic challenge. Even the dizzying descents of the most famous night-time ski alpine race are legendary.