I arrived here yesterday in the heart of the Dolomites for the last individual world cup. This place is quite far from Chamonix- the heart of Mont Blanc, but certainly beautiful! In fact I realized I travelled not far from here (Valle di Daone) in 2001 back in the day when I was following and competing in a few Ice Climbing World Cups.

Madonna di Campliglio is a vast ski area- known as the pearl of the Brenta Dolomites and also one of the most famous ski resorts in the Alps.
Their motto is “Come ski in Heaven!”

The morning sun rays hit and I headed up the cable car to do a little reconnaissance of the course, move my legs a bit before tomorrow’s big race and of course soak up some of the golden rays.

top of first climb…

A little taste heaven here…
The course looks like a long, but great technical course with, steep couloirs up and down. Here is a Link to Course Profile:
Stay tuned for more to come!
The weather forecast is superb, opposed to last weekend’s Grand Beal World Cup in Arvieux, France with 45 cm of fresh snow!

images from Grand Beal World Cup