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14/12/2012 Snow cannons on full throttle

Over 100.000 cubic meters of snow fired out and stocked

Next 27 January Marcialonga celebrates a unique 40th anniversary

Ski-marathon specialists already lined up at the start

Ski-Skett special prizes for special bibs

Marcialonga bibs

Let it snow, let it snow and…let them fire. While waiting for more snow to naturally fall, the 18 snow cannons along the 70k Marcialonga track in Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa (Italy) have been on full throttle these days and the mission might be considered almost accomplished. ‘We’ve already produced over 100.000 cubic meters of snow until today and our plan is to reach 150.000 meters of artificial powder. Then, we hope it will snow in the next weeks so as to save money in carrying the snow with our trucks’.

Part of the track at the feet of majestic Dolomites (a UNESCO natural heritage site) has already been whitened and set, and before Christmas it will be entirely skiable, excluding the urban areas throughout the two valleys.

Next Marcialonga (27 January 2013) will welcome 7.500 skiers from all around the world and among them there will be winners of the past 10 editions, namely Joergen and Anders Aukland, Jerry Ahrlin, Oskar Svaerd and Stanislav Rezac, plus other big names such as Fredriksson, Svartedal, Oestensen, Brink, Johnsson, Bajcicac and Jakoubek. On women’s side, Seraina Boner of Switzerland and Sweden’s Hansson, Lintzen and Nystroem represent the number-one favourites.

As said, Marcialonga is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary and several side events have been put on the agenda for the last weekend of January. Local brass bands in concert on Friday 25 January in Tesero and a prize giving ceremony to the Senators (those who participated to every Marcialonga from 1971 until 2013). The Marcialonga Story vintage-event on the following day, wearing original equipment and racing from Lago di Tesero to Predazzo town centre. Marcialonga Stars, Minimarcialonga for children and Marcialonga Young will be taking place on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, while Marcialonga opening ceremony is scheduled on Saturday 26 January in Tesero.

RAI-Sport will be broadcasting live the Sunday race from 9.30am to 12pm.

Those racers whose bib ends with number 40 will receive a special gift from Ski Skett and Crestani Sport Company, to be collected at the Ski Skett stand inside Marcialonga race office. Detailed info on www.marcialonga.it

Contributed by: Marcialonga