The "Alta Badia freeride race" will be staged from this Thursday, March 27th to Sunday March 30th. Organised by the Freeride Alta Badia Association it marks the revival of one of the world's first ever ‘free riding' competitions.
The international free-skiing race is open to all adult snow enthusiasts, as well as professional riders who have travelled from all over Europe, the USA and New Zealand for this event. During the race telemarkers, snowboarders and skiers will put their skills to the test on the long off-piste routes to win the "l'variöl", an eagle-shaped wood-carved prize.
The trail varies according to the conditions of the snow and besides not being marked it is not controlled and safe like the other mountain trails. The beginning of the Val Mezdi' is reached by using the Sass Pordoi cablecar up to the Maria refuge, on the pass where the Forcella Pordoi begins. In just 30 minutes (some sections walking and some skiing) it is possible to reach the Boe' refuge at 2.871 m which marks the entrance to the Val Mezdi' and the starting point of the race. The descent covers six kilometers (four miles) of slopes with a total vertical of 1226 m down to the town of Colfosco.