The ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Cup is back to Les Marécottes, Switzerland. From Friday to Sunday the event will offer three races also valid for the European Championship: the Individual Race, the Vertical Race, and the Sprint Race.
Winter has finally arrived at Salvan-Les Marécottes. In the past few days a fresh blanket of snow has given this Swiss tourist resort a fairy-tale look. Between Friday and Sunday, three World Cup races will take place here, the Individual Race, the Vertical Race and the Sprint Race. World Cup points will be assigned, but also the Continental titles will be up for grabs.
All in all 23 national teams will compete in the three events, namely Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
The European Championship even will open on Thursday evening at Salvan, a picturesque village a few kilometres from Martigny. The 23 national delegations will parade for the opening ceremony. As concerns the races, the Individual Race will take place on Friday morning, featuring all categories for the European titles – Senior, Espoir, Junior and Cadet. On Sunday morning it will be the turn of the Vertical Race, limited to the senior category only. On Sunday morning this weekend of sport will end with the Sprint race. In this case, too, the race will be open to all categories. The event headquarters will be at La Creusaz, a facility right over the Les Marécottes slopes.
The Vertical and Sprint Race were confirmed as originally planned, while the Individual race was lightly amended in view of the snowfalls that made the snow on some stretches quite unstable.
The rendezvous is on Friday morning at 9 for the Individual Race, the opening European Championship event.