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Skiing enthusiasts will be happy to know that in the 2018/2019 Winter season, the San Pellegrino Ski Area will be at the centre of three important Alpine ski events. All the best international champions will be challenging each other on the La VolatA slope, which plunges down from the top of the Col Margherita (2514 m) all the way to Passo San Pellegrino (1918 m), in a thrilling, curvy downhill with maximum gradients close to 48%.
The first event not to be missed will take place from January 15th to the 18th. For the second year in a row, the La VolatA slope will host the women’s freestyle downhill races for the Coppa Europa – Memorial Alberto Vendruscolo.
Exactly one month later, from February 18th to the 27th, the best, young men and women’s athletes between the ages of 16 and 20 will compete in speed trials, freestyle downhill, SuperG and combined races for the 2019 Val di Fassa Junior World Championships. About 500 promising skiers from about 50 different countries will be participating. This iridescent series will also determine the formation of the national team that will participate in the third edition of the young winter Olympic Games, which will be held in Lausanne in 2020.
From March 25th to the 30th, the Aspiring Italian Championships, which is open to athletes born in 2001 and 2002, will hold the men and women’s SuperG downhill races here.
So, it promises to be a stellar winter, full of unforgettable thrills for skiers who also enjoy watching the spectacular live show as their idols swoosh to the finish line. Then, as always, the La VolatA will be the training grounds for the Italian National Alpine Skiing team, thanks to the continuing valuable collaboration between the Val di Fassa and the Italian Federation of Winter Sports (FISI). The initiative provides access to the most technical and challenging runs in the various Val di Fassa ski resorts for Italian National athletes training to compete in the most important challenges of the white circus. National Alpine Skiing teams from France and the USA have also confirmed they will be coming here to train during the winter.
Although it only opened 2 years ago, it is already considered one of the most challenging and spectacular runs in the Dolomites. La VolatA covers a total length of 2350 m and an altitude difference of 631 m and is easily accessible with the fast and comfortable Col Margherita cable car lift. The slope is certified by FISI and FIS for freestyle downhill, superG, Giant slalom and special slalom races. Some of the biggest fans of this run include Italian men and women’s National speed aces like Christof Innerhofer, Peter Fill and Dominik Paris, Elena and Nadia Fanchini, and Johanna Schnarf and Verena Stuffer; In January, 2018, these last two chose this slope to train for the PyeongChang winter Olympics. Champions in the calibre of Giulia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn are also fond of this run.