The 15th Südtirol Gardenissima race - the longest giant slalom event in the world - takes place in Val Gardena April 3.
This cult race in Val Gardena is open to 620 skiers who will race across six kilometres of slopes, a 1000-metre vertical, and through 110 gates. Participants drop from an altitude of 2518 metres from the starting gate on Mount Seceda.
World-cup champions are not the only ones who take part in this legendary race, ambitious amateur skiers also participate. Time records are just below four minutes.
The race is up to four times longer than any World Cup giant slalom, which means more hard work is required as well as concentration, technique, and a good physical condition and strength.
Along the first stretch of the race, there are narrow and dynamic curves marked with gates like a parallel giant slalom (until Daniel Mountain Hut). Then participants reach a common track and pass swiftly by the Cuca Mountain Hut, a sharp curve to the right next to Sangon Mountain Hut, followed by Pramulin Mountain Hut before reaching the valley station of Col Reiser.
Enrolment in the race costs €40 for holders of FISI/FIS membership cards or €90 for non-members and can be purchased from Val Gardena-Groden tourist office from Jan. 1.