One of the biggest ski touring (ski mountaineering) events of the season, the "Mezzalama Trophy", takes place in Breuil-Cervinia April 30.
This high-altitude competition kicks off at the crack of dawn and sees teams of three men, attached by rope, race from Breuil-Cervinia to Gressoney-La-Trinité over the peak of Castore (4,236 m).
The race covers 40 kilometres of terrain: from the Breithorn pass (3826 m), cross the Verra pass (3861 m), touch the peak of Castore (4221 m), on to the pass of Felik (4061 m), descend at the Q.Sella Hut (3585 m), ascend at Lyskamm's ridge (4100 m) to the Lys glacier and Gnifetti hut (3647 m), and finally reach the finish line at Mount Gressoney-La-Trinite (1627m).
The lift company Cervino S.p.A. will open the first lifts to allow spectators to follow the atheletes as they cross the peaks of Mount Rosa.
The Mezzalama Trophy belongs to the "big three" in terms of ski touring competitions, alongside the Patrouille des Glaciers and the Pierra Menta.
The course has to be accurately prepared so that the safey of competitors can to some extent be ensured. Organisation for the event involves technicians, local operators, the army, and the media.