The entries for the Südtirol Gardenissima 2017, expected for 1st April 2017, have been opened today morning. This is the 21st outing for the alpine skiing race which traditionally closes the Val Gardena skiing season. It is also the world’s longest giant slalom with a downhill route that brings together the Seceda and Col Raiser pistes. Entry numbers are capped at 650 with a very generous array of prizes for a competition that has been awarded “going GreenEvent” certification.
Preparations are now afoot for an event that has attracted hundreds of skiers to the Val Gardena for over two decades. The Südtirol Gardenissima traditionally closes the Valley’s skiing season and the next edition of the world’s longest giant slalom takes place on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Younger skiers will also get their chance to shine, the following day, Sunday, April 2, in the Südtirol Gardenissima KIDS.
Open to all skiing enthusiasts aged 14 and over (with entries capped at 650), the Südtirol Gardenissima delivers the thrill of a genuine competition and the chance to compete on a par with the leading professional skiers that throng to it each year and lend serious sporting kudos to what also remains a fantastic celebration of skiing.
A spectacularly long route
The race starts from the top of the Seceda (2,518 metres) and involves a six-kilometre-plus nosedive to the finish-line at the Col Raiser cable car station at Plan da Tieja (1,485 m). In between, participants negotiate an elevation change of 1,033 metres and 115 gates in just under four minutes of pure adrenaline that will make each and every participant feel like a genuine champion. Competitors start in pairs on parallel giant slalom runs which merge into a single run after the first kilometre.
HOW TO TAKE PART IN THIS GREAT EVENT
The entries are officially opened, and you can enter by completing the entry form available on the event website (www.gardenissima.eu). The Gardenissima is open to skiers of all levels but all entrants must hold a medical certificate of fitness to compete and a FISI membership card. Please note, however, that entrant numbers are capped at 650! On completion of the entry process, competitors will receive an excellent race pack, a 50% discount on a one, two or three-day Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi ski pass (Friday, March 31, Saturday April 1, Sunday April 2) and a permit for one inspection run (outside the gates) between 6.45 and 7.45 am on the day of the race.
The total prize money is in excess of 40,000 euro and is split between the various categories as per the rules. First prize is 5,000 euro, with 1,200 and 500 euro worth of vouchers going to the second and third-ranked athletes respectively.
The top three athletes in each category will receive prizes (medal and prize) and there are also various special prizes (from which the World Cup athletes are excluded) of hampers of Loacker products, Dolomiti Superski season ski passes and weekly Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi ski passes for kids. The skiers (male and female) that log the fastest speeds during the race (over a specific section of the piste) will receive a special two-person invitation to a RedBull event at the MotoGP at Misano in 2017.
A sustainable event
By their very nature, all events have an impact on the environment and this is why the organisers place particular emphasis on sustainability in their planning of the Südtirol Gardenissima. The main factors in this process were sourcing local partners where possible, using materials that could be reused for other events in the district, waste management, using recycled paper for printing and energy from renewable sources, choosing seasonal, local produce where possible and, last but not least, social responsibility. This level of commitment has earned the Südtirol Gardenissima permission from the Bolzano Provincial Agency for the Environment to use the “going GreenEvent” mark, an important acknowledgment of the committee’s focus on offering sport and fun in harmony with nature and the local landscape.
Kids are welcome too!
As an add-on to the Südtirol Gardenissima, Südtirol Gardenissima Kids takes place the following day, Sunday, April 2. Open to children born between 01/01/2003 and 31/12/2010, it is divided into “Superbaby”, “Baby”, “Cuccioli” and “Ragazzi” (Superbaby, Baby, Cub and Kids) categories. The course retraces the first part section of the main run, with the start at 2,518 metres at Seceda and the finish at 2,055 metres: the distance is 2 km, an elevation change of 463 m, 62 gates.