Vertical Trail Courmayeur Mont Blanc
This 2-day event includes two races: Skyrace Night K1000 (11km, 900 meters) and Skyrace K2000 (18km, 2000 meters). These races both begin in the town of Courmayeur. The Skyrace Night edition starts in town and ends at the Skyway Monte Bianco tram mid-station. The Skyrace K2000, in contrast, starts in the morning of the next day, and ends about 18 kilometers later, and 2200 meters higher up the Mont Blanc massif at the Punta Helbronner tram top station. The first half follows the same route as the Skyrace Night event, with the first 3 kilometers to Pontal D’Entreves comprised of rolling hills. From there, runners take an old hunting path through the forest — and then the ascent truly begins. In just a few kilometers, the trail rises 900 meters to the Pavillon mid-station. (The end point for the race from the evening prior.) The highly-technical, rocky path continues another 1200 meters up to the Rifugio Torino Vecchio — helmets are required for this section. The final stretch of the race leads over ice and up to Punta Helbronner. Once at the top, you’ll enjoy a buffet and descent by way of panoramic cable car.
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