SKYSNOW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SIERRA NEVADA (SPAIN) 2022
SKYSNOW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: SIERRA NEVADA (SPAIN) FEBRUARY 4-5. Our SKYSNOW section bring us today the final information about the SKYSNOW World Championships that will launch the first World Championships on February 4-5, 2022, in Andalusia at the Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort, Granada, Spain.
Some weeks ago we already mentioned the creation of this new discipline within the ISF and today we can confirm than more tha 15 nations will take part in the competition at the begining of February.
SKYSNOW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SIERRA NEVADA 2022
SkySnow, the new skyrunning discipline, will launch the first World Championships on February 4-5, 2022, in Andalusia at the Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort, Granada, Spain.
Despite international Covid restrictions, fifteen ISF Member countries across the world have confirmed entry: Andorra, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, USA. Unfortunately, Japan has had to withdraw.
SkySnow was introduced at the International Skyrunning Federation 2020 General Assembly and embraces the traditional concept of skyrunning – running at high altitude – in this case, during the winter and exclusively on snow. One thing is compulsory, however: the use of micro crampons.
On board as main sponsor of the 2022 SkySnow World Championships is NORTEC, the Italian brand, market leader and producer of ISF approved micro crampons.
SKYSNOW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: THE RACES
“Edition zero” of the SkySnow World Championships will take place on February 4-5, 2022, in Andalusia at the Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort, Monachil, Granada, Spain.
The events kick off on Friday, February 4 with the SkySnow Running Sierra Nevada Vertical, a 4.3 km long course with 950m vertical climb to 3,050m altitude.
Saturday’s SkySnow Running Sierra Nevada Classic race will start at dusk. Athletes will face the 925m vertical climb over the 12.5 km course wearing headlamps and warm clothing to face the very low temperatures expected after dark.
SkySnow consists of running on snow wearing micro crampons. Two categories exist:
- Vertical (under 5 km with a minimum 15% incline)
- Classic (over 9 km with a minimum total incline of 3% and sections over 10%). Youth categories have also been introduced.
The events will kick off at dawn on Friday, February 4, with the SkySnow Sierra Nevada Vertical, and head straight up to 3,050m altitude with a 950m vertical climb over 4.3 km distance.
Saturday’s SkySnow Sierra Nevada Classic race will start at dusk. Athletes will face the 925m vertical climb over the 12.5 km course wearing headlamps and warm clothing to face the very low temperatures expected after dark.
Twenty-one glittering medals are at stake as well as titles for the Vertical, the Classic and the Combined categories. The top three countries will also be awarded medals.
The SkySnow World Championships were proposed by FEDME, the ISF Member for Spain, just 18 months after the introduction of the discipline at the ISF General Annual Assembly. Spain and Italy didn’t waste time and immediately began organising competitions on a national level early in 2021. The relatively short distances and minimal vertical climb without great technical difficulty, are a recipe for immediate popularity across a wide user target in many countries with winter snow.
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