In addition to the races in the classic technique La Diagonela (56km), La Pachifica (25km) and La Cuorta (6km) on Saturday, La Sfida (29km) in the free technique on Sunday provides an additional challenge.
The start is at the cross-country center in Zuoz and the course follows the Engadin La Diagonela and ski marathon route to the finish in Silvaplana-Surlej.
There will be a combined classification with La Pachifica (25 km classic) and La Sfida (29 km free style). Participants who complete both races will automatically have their times added up for the skiathlon classification.
La Sfida is the ideal preparation for the Engadin Skimarathon – although in the other direction
La Sfida counts as a Ski Classics Challenger Event!
La Sfida, the Mini Tour de Ski, has taken place over 3 days for the last 5 years as a stage race, organized by a small OC with a lot of heart and work. In the environment of the OC, life circumstances have changed and priorities have shifted, so solutions and partnerships were sought to pass on the DNA of this event.
With the integration into Engadin La Diagonela, the strengths and experiences of two innovative OCs can be bundled and numerous synergies can be used. Cross-country skiers will be offered a top attractive race weekend in the Engadine.
La Sfida is Romansh for “the challenge”. Truly: Immediately after the start there is the first rough climb through the winter fairytale forest between Zuoz and La Punt. After La Punt, 8 km of what is known in the cycling scene as “false flat” follow: At first glance, the route looks flat until Celerina, but in fact it climbs steadily. After the famous airport passage and the Instagram hotspot “San Gian” near Celerina, the climb to Pontresina follows. And now comes the real “sfida”: the famous Stazerwald, but uphill. The iconic mattresses are only needed for resting. A tricky descent follows, which has also been the undoing of the stars of “La Diagonela”. Across Lake St. Moritz you can catch your breath for the first time before the grand finale: the ski jump passage in St. Moritz, in reverse “Engadin Skimarathon” direction. On the last 2 km, speed is the order of the day. But don’t overdo it, we want to see a dynamic final sprint to the finish in Silvaplana!