The Best Ski Race in the World

Half an Adventure

Last weekend I once again drove into the Land of the Expensive (Switzerland) to compete in a slightly different race from what I’ve been doing the past three months. The Engadin Skimarathon is the third-largest cross-country citizen race in the world (I think), and the largest outside of Scandinavia. It’s held in the Engadine Valley, which contains famous ski towns such as St Moritz and Pontresina, which you would know from those posters that seem to come included with every ski apartment in Australia and America. The valley is perched up at 1800m, much higher than the vast majority of XC areas in the Alps, and thus has reliable snow and very cold nights, which keep the snow in good shape. The scenery is also stupendous; ever few minutes during skiing here you get a view which is breathtaking, although it might be the altitude which is taking your breath…

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