- Sunday 28 April 2019
25th april 2019
Gressoney-La-Trinité (Multifuctional hall, Punta Jolanda area)
- 17:00/18:45 Consignment of bibs and race bags – Jeunes race
- 19:00 Technical briefing
26th april 2019
- 9:00 III Edition of Mezzalama Jeunes start and finish at Gabiet
- 15:00 Prize-giving ceremony in the finish area of the XXII Trofeo Mezzalama
Valtournenche (Sports hall)
- 11:00-18:00 Consignment of bibs and bags for athletes entered in XXII Mezzalama Trophy
- 14:00 Stands of sponsors, charity partners and exhibitors open
- 15:00 Accreditation of journalists and guests
- 15:00-19:00 Special postmarking service: Italian Post Office staff will be on hand to provide collectors and enthusiasts with postcards commemorating the 2019 edition of the event and a free postmarking service.
Valtournenche (Centro Congressi)
- 18:30 Technical briefing
27th april 2019
- 5:00 Opening of Cervino SpA lift system. Return ticket 5,00 Euro for all up to 8:00
- 5:30 Departure in a straight line of the 900 athletes taking part in the Mezzalama Trophy 2019, led off by the military band of the Bersaglieri. The teams will pass in front of the church and follow the footpath up to the Cretaz nursery slopes where they will put on their skis and start the climb. Music and light displays will accompany the athletes competing in the Great White Marathon.
- 6:30 First athletes reach the Theodul Pass
- 6:30 Opening of Monterosa SpA Gabiet/Passo dei Salati side. Return ticket 5,00 Euro for all up to 8:30
- 8:00 Direct streaming with commentary by Silvano Gadin and Cristina Cavagnet with special guests Chicco Pellegrino, Francesco De Fabiani and Paolo Cognetti.
- 9:30/16:30 Special postmarking service: Italian Post Office staff will be on hand to provide collectors and enthusiasts with postcards commemorating the 2019 edition of the event. Post-marking service free-of-charge.
- 10:00 Stands of sponsors, charitypartners and exhibitors open. Bar service provided by staff from Gressoney.
- 10:30 First competitors cross the finish line
- 12:00 Flower Ceremony
- 16:00 Prize-giving ceremony
The Mezzalama Trophy is an international ski mountaineering race with classical equipment, included in the calendar of the Grande Course and is open to teams composed of three athletes, even of different nationalities.
The race takes place every two years on a high-mountain route in harsh weather and environmental conditions: altitude exceeds 4,000 meters in several points and requires mountaineering-type skills. For this reason, the Mezzalama Trophy is influenced strongly by the general and high-altitude weather conditions and can be postponed or, in extreme cases, even cancelled.
300 teams can participate and the curriculum of each athlete is decisive in deciding whether a team is admitted or excluded from the race.
A real marathon on skis, and therefore, to be precise, on mountaineering skis, those with mobile locks that are used for the descent, but also and especially for the climb, by pasting “sealskins” under the insole.
The glaciers on which the crucial part of the race takes place, more than 3,000 meters a.s.l. and, this year, in three sections of the route even reaching higher than four thousand, are those of the Aosta Valley, covering the peaks of Monte Rosa, above Breuil-Cervinia, Gressoney and Champoluc.
It is the highest ski mountaineering race of the Alps, as it climbs higher than the peak of Castor (4126 m) and, this year, the calotta of Naso (4275 m) and the Roccia della scoperta (4177 m), but it is also the most classic race, as it was first organized in 1933, at a time when the first skiing resorts and ski lifts opened.
The number of athletes per team (three) has remained unchanged over the history of the Mezzalama Trophy, but the “modern” Mezzalama has been held every two years since 1997, and has increased both the length and the difference in height compared to the original route of the 1930s and the 1970s.
The first 19 times it’s been run always from Breuil-Cervinia (2020 m) to Gressoney-La-Trinité (1624 m).
In 2015, the same route was used but in the opposite direction: the 20th Mezzalama started from Gressoney-La-Trinité with the finishing line at the foot of the Matterhorn to commemorate and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first ascent up the most beautiful and symbolic peak in the Alps.
Now, the original route is back, which connects Breuil-Cervinia to Gressoney through Monte Rosa.