A Mythical Stage and the Tour de ski 2018
Nordic Ski "l’Alpe Cermis" with the Champions
Every year, the best Nordic skiers in the world get together at the end of the Tour de Ski for the last and most difficult competition—going up the l’Alpe Cermis, in the Italian Alps. For the last three years, the racing organization has provided the opportunity for ameture skiers to do the same race that the world-class skiers in the world cup face. You get to do it a few hours before they do and that way, you can see how good you are compared to the World Cup leaders. We have gone to test this race and were highly impressed by the quality of the organization, the atmosphere, and to be sure, with the possibility of comparing our own performances with those of the best skiers in the world.
It is just 9 km long, but what a brutal 9 km! The race course involves a loop that goes through the stadium before you attack the famous climb after about 5 km. All that is left is 3.9 km, but sometimes the slope exceeds 28 percent! This is a great challenge, let there be no doubt about it. But because the course is only 9 km, no matter what your level, you can do it and you can finish it and you can experience it. You go serpentining through downhill racing poles and flags and then you finally get to the top of the climb. At the end of the race you will be exhausted and your legs will still hurt, but you will be able to take advantage of a good lunch and then you can go watch the world’s elite Nordic skiers do the same climb that you just finished. The best do it in about 30 minutes. And for you, how long will it take?