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With two months to go to the famous Val Gardena Giant Slalom, on Saturday, April 1 2017, over half of the available bibs have already been snapped up. Skiers can still sign up with the event’s official website, www.gardenissima.eu, to become one of the lucky participants – but hurry as a cut-off point of 650 entries has been set for the world’s longest giant slalom.

An eco event: the six-kilometre Gardenissima has also been awarded Green Event certification this year. 

An adrenaline-fuelled 6,000-metre high-speed downhill dash with gates whirring by in a blur as powdery snow coats goggles and helmets to the whoosh of flying skis: the Südtirol Gardenissima delivers an absolutely unique pro-skier experience to everyone that enters. Once again this year the world’s longest giant slalom will be a helter-skelter run from the top of the Seceda all the way to the Col Raiser station in the valley below. The event is open to all skiing enthusiasts and will bring the winter season to a fitting close on Saturday, April 1 next.

A record 2017 as entries boom

However, you’ll have to get your fingers flying over the keyboard to get your skis flying over the snow. Simply go to the event’s official website (www.gardenissima.eu) and get your online entry in as quickly as possible. There are now just over two months left to the race and just 250 bibs left out of the original 650 made available. Entries to the Giant Slalom are capped at the latter number and the 21st edition looks set to sell out well ahead of the closing date. In other words, a lot of skiers are now running the risk of being left on the side-lines as over half the bibs have been snapped with eight weeks to go the event.  Also, as President of the Autonomous Region of Bolzano Arno Kompatscher points out “the race has become more and more famous as the years have gone by and has become an unmissable date for many people.”

The route

The race starts from the top of the Seceda (2,518 metres) and finishes at the Col Raiser cable car station at Plan da Tieja (1,485 metres). Skiers will have to tackle an elevation change of 1,033 metres and 115 gates during an exhilarating, adrenaline-fuelled four-minute downhill run that will make them feel like they’re racing in the World Cup. The format is a tried and tested one: a parallel slalom start with the pistes merging after a kilometre or so into a single giant slalom run.

An unmissable event

All the emotions of a race, a fantastic Dolomite setting and trepidation: that’s the Südtirol Gardenissima, a classic that has carved itself a very significant niche on the winter event scene in our area,” explained Josef Kelder, president of Val Gardena-Gröden Marketing. The Südtirol Gardenissima is the culmination of the Val Gardena winter season aside from being the leading season-closing event in the district. The main race is also flanked on Sunday, April 2, by the Südtirol Gardenissima Kids, which is reserved for Under 14s.

Gardenissima – more sustainable than ever thanks to Green Event certification

A great event but one that respects the surrounding nature and works to improve sustainability too. This year, the Gardenissima also holds Green Event certification, which is awarded by the Province of Bolzano’s Environmental Agency only to events that meet highly specific organisational criteria, not least the creation of value on a local level, sustainable mobility, targeted waste management, the use of local, seasonal produce and, most importantly of all, social responsibility.

For further information: gardenissima.eu