Thanks to increasingly effective insulating materials, our race regulations regarding thermal clothing are constantly evolving. For this reason, and since we do not want to penalise athletes who have just recently equipped themselves, we are sending out this update which is to be adopted for the forthcoming Adamello Ski Raid and 2015 Mezzalama Trophy.

If the athlete’s third thermal layer is less than 400 gr (jacket) and 300 gr. (ski-pants) in weight, a wind-proof layer must be added in order to provide suitable protection.

Competitors are reminded that thermal clothing must at the very least comply with ISMF regulations, i.e. 300 gr. for the jacket and 250 gr for the pants which are to be worn together with the wind-proof layer.

We remind all athletes that a large portion of both the Adamello Ski Raid and Mezzalama Trophy is raced at high altitudes between 3000/4000 mt. and therefore in a glacial environment. We invite everyone to pay the closest attention to protection from cold and wind: a few dozen extra grams in clothing can ensure greater comfort, better performance and, most importantly, your own safety and protection.

Mezzalama Jeunes Trophy, Gressoney-La-Trinité,AO, Italy

Registration until April 16, exclusively here

The Mezzalama Trophy for young competitors will be held on Friday 24 April, the day before the Senior race. The competition is reserved for male or female teams made up of two athletes from the Junior and Cadet categories in possession of a Grande Course Jeunes card; they must be members of a ski club and regularly enrolled in the ski Federation of their home country.

THE COMPETION is also open to mixed pairs (male/female and mixed-category), with the proviso that points won by these teams will be valid exclusively for the individual classification of the Grande Course Jeunes. Mixed M/F teams will be classified as Male.

REGISTRATION, by 16 April 2015, exclusively via the site in the “jeunes” section.

ENTRY FEE € 30.00 per athlete (60 euros per team). This includes a free gadget, use of ski-lifts where necessary, and refreshments after the race, and excludes hotel accommodation. The organising committee has however arranged a special discount for teams wishing to book a room in loco. Info and booking: Tourist Office Gressoney Monte Rosa tel +390125356670

ACCREDITATION, inspection of materials and consignment of race bibs from 3 p.m. on 23 April 2015 in the Gressoney-La-Trinité multi-purpose room, next to the Punta Jolanda ticket office.

MATERIALS must comply with the Mezzalama Trophy general regulations , including crampons but with the exception of rope and ice-axe.

COURSE in compliance with national and international regulations for the categories involved. The race will take place in the Gabiet/Zindre/Salza sector of the Gressoney La Trinité-AO municipality. The Race Directors reserve the right to make any changes to the route they deem fit, at their own discretion, in the interests of the competition and with particular regard to athletes’ safety.

BRIEFING, which at least one member of the team must attend, will normally take place after accreditation procedure or at the latest, the morning before the start of the competition.

PENALISATION and DISQUALIFICATION, in keeping with national and international regulations.

COMPLAINTS must be made within 15 minutes of finishing the race, and accompanied by a payment of € 50.00.

ALL DECISIONS taken by the Race Organisers will be final and irrevocable.

PRIZE-GIVING, with the awarding of non-cash prizes, will take place after the competition at the Sporthaus in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, in the senior teams accreditation room, prior to the technical briefing.

The twentieth edition of the Mezzalama Trophy will be held on 25 April and with a month and a half to go before the start some 300 applications have already been received. Monterosa SpA announces special measures to help with training. Official presentation: Friday 27 March at Fort Bard

Spring is nearly upon us and with it the XX edition of the Mezzalama Trophy scheduled for Saturday 25 April. This year the “glacier marathon”, part of the Grande Course and World Cup Long Distance circuit of the ISMF, will be raced in reverse with respect to the usual course. Starting off from Gressoney-La-Trinité, it will cross the glaciers and peaks of the Monte Rosa massif at an altitude of nearly four thousand metres, finishing up at Breuil-Cervinia. This extraordinary edition of the historical ski mountaineering race, first run back in 1933, will kick off celebrations to be held in the summer to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the conquest of the Matterhorn. «With a month and a half still to go before the start - said Adriano Favre, technical director of the Mezzalama Trophy Foundation– we have had applications from over 300 teams, the equivalent of 900 athletes. The teams are already self-selected and the level is extremely high. So far we have examined and confirmed around 200 teams. Apart from assessing the results of the most important races in the Grande Course and World Cup, I personally look very carefully at the ski mountaineering curriculum of athletes because, for the Mezzalama Trophy, experience in high mountains is an essential requisite».
In the meantime, the athletes are intensifying their training and trying to learn more about the course which, with its inverted route, is new for everyone. Apart from a 350 mt. increase in elevation gain, the most challenging sections are considered to be the steep descents of the Naso dei Lyskamm (Lyskamm Nose) and the Castor’s west face. While the new cutoff time checkpoint at the Mantova Hut (3470 mt) seems to be slightly easier than the traditional and formidable Col de Breithorn checkpoint: men’s teams who make it to the checkpoint in under three hours can continue the race, women’s and mixed teams under 3h 15’. “I preferred to allow slightly more breathing space, about a quarter of an hour - Adriano Favre explains – so as not to push the athletes too hard on the first leg. This time, however, instead of the long slight slope of the Breithorn, the climb continues up to the Naso at 4100 mt! ”
Monterosa SpA has taken various measures to enable the “mezzalamisti” to train and try out the new course. Every morning from 5.30 until 8.15 a.m., grooming of the pistes leading up from Gressoney-La-Trinité will be suspended. The area available for training includes the G3 Jolanda slope up to the first crossroads, then left to Bedemie and on the G5 Alpericka slope, up to the Alpe Gabiet; from that point, it follows part of the G7 Salati slope up to the large plateau above the hotels, around 2500 mt above sea level. It then continues along the left-hand side track indicated by the orange poles, up to Orestes Hütte and onto the Indren off-piste area.
All the latest details regarding the XX Mezzalama Trophy 2015 will be provided during the official presentation on Friday 27 March, at 6 p.m., in the “Sala Archi Candidi” of Fort Bard

Monterosa Ski: training with champions

There are only few weeks left to the 20th edition of the Trofeo Mezzalama. This year the classical competition will follow an inverted track compared to the usual one that has been followed since 1930, from Valtournenche to Gressoney-La-Trinité, facing the glacier and the ridges of the Monte Rosa Massif.
During this period of athletic preparation, the Monterosa SpA prepared some tracks dedicated to ski mountaineering and from 5.30 AM to 8.15 AM every day the grooming of the slopes is stopped to allow the athletes to trainee on the Mezzalama 2015’s track, with the new route starting from Gressoney-La-Trinité.
The training area is established along the G3 Jolanda slope until the first crossroads, then left to Bedemie and then on the G5 Alpericka slope, up to Alpe Gabiet. From that point, it will follow part of the G7 Salati slope until the large plateau above the hotels, 2500 mt above the sea level. The track will continue then on the left hand side, following the orange poles up to Orestes Hütte and to the Indren freeride area.
The access to these track is permitted from 5.30 AM to 8.15 AM (latest departure time from Gressoney-La-Trinité).
Let’s have a look to some “advices” for the competitors:
1. We advise you to be careful to go up on the slope and to follow the poles on the left hand side, lining you up in single file;
2. It’s forbidden to cross the slope, specially under a speed bump;
3. If it’s snowing, be extremely careful to groomers and skidoos;
4. It’s strictly forbidden to change your way and go on closed slopes;
We do remind you that on the whole domain it is forbidden to practice ski mountaineering on the slopes out of the allowed time; it is possible to go across the tracks marked for this purpose, starting from Sant’Anna and from the Gabiet and marked with green flags.
The Monterosa Spa will plan the preparation of the slopes in accordance to these “training sessions”, according of course to the weather and the possible snowfalls, to let the athletes study the track and prepare their strategy competition at best.

Mantova Refuge opens on the 12th of March

A good news for competitors training for the XX Mezzalama: Mantova Refuge opens on the 12th of March and will be open all days until the beginning of May!

Program XX edition
Trofeo Mezzalama Jeunes
Presentation XX Mezzalama
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