Every competition-oriented ski mountaineer gets stars in his or her eyes when thoughts turn to the Mezzalama Trophy … as well as sweaty palms and a soaring heartrate for most. The highest alpine ski mountaineering race in the world is in a class of its own! Indeed, anyone who can successfully conquer the technically demanding course through the Italian Monte Rosa Massif belongs to the crème de la crème of the skimo scene. This is the goal of the six winners of the Mountopia Mezzalama challenge who came out on top against nearly 300 competitors. They have given all they have for their dream and are now just itching to get on with their final Mountopia Project, the Mezzalama Trophy. We’d like to introduce them to you:
Juncal Díaz and Júlia Garriga are from Spain, Patricia Franco from the United States, Michal Dzieniszewski from Poland, plus two Italians, Marco Donina and Michele Dondi. They are the winners of the fifth Mountopia competition. They are a randomly combined cohort selected by the Mountopia judges panel. What they have in common is a passion for ski mountaineering. In teams of three, one men’s and one women’s team, they will toe the starting line of the Mezzalama Trophy together on April 27, 2019. They will sweat out the competition together! On the approximately 45k course they must take on 3,000 meters of vert. The course will take the six racers up and over 4,000 meters in altitude three times. Icy glacier ascents, narrow and exposed ridges, and long descents while roped up – the highest alpine ski mountaineering race will demand all they have!