On Friday, February 7 2020, it is full moon. And with it the starting signal for the Moonlight Classic, the nightly cross-country ski race that leads over the cross-country trails of the Seiser Alm in South Tyrol, is given. Like every year, the 400 participants have the choice between two tracks with a length of either 15 or 30 km. In addition to the full moon, 1,000 torches provide the track with lighting, creating a magical atmosphere and showing the athletes the way to the finish line.
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One thing is clear: the Moonlight Classic Seiser Alm is truly unique among all cross-country skiing events: it starts at 8 p.m., an unusual as well as fascinating time. And the trails are illuminated by the full moon.
The original cross-country race in classic diagonal style is already taking place for the 14th time. The date is Thursday, 28th January: a full moon night that gives the race its unique atmosphere. At the Moonlight Classic the participants can choose between either a 15 or a 30 km long race track. The cross-country ski tracks are illuminated not only by the moon, but also by torches all the way to the finish line.
TWO STRETCHES, A SINGLE DESTINATION
The racing concept remains unchanged this time as well: There are two tracks on which you can only run in the classic diagonal style. The first, 30 km long course leads after the start in Compatsch on 1.843 m through demanding terrain: The “mountain classification” of the race is reached after 17 km on 2.030 height at the end of the Goldknopf ascent. From there it goes downhill back to the finish. The second, 15 km long route is also suitable for less fit skiers who simply want to enjoy a night tour under the full moon. It leads in the form of a circuit first to Wolfsbühl and then back to the finish, which is in Compatsch for both distances.
The race is given an additional atmosphere by folklore groups in traditional costume that heat up the runners with cowbell tinkling and also keep the audience in a good mood in Compatsch.
Registrations are not open yet. They will be possible on www.moonlightclassic.info , following the Registration button.
THE SEISER ALM IN THE DOLOMITES
The Seiser Alm, the largest high alpine pasture in Europe, is known for its beauty throughout Europe. Here visitors can enjoy breath-taking views of the Dolomites. There are numerous possibilities to be active in outdoor sports all year round. In summer, runners and cyclists can enjoy hikes and tours in a fascinating natural setting; in winter, the region is a Mecca for enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders, for whom snow is guaranteed thanks to the possibility of artificial snowmaking. What could be better than spending the winter in this splendid natural setting.
Information for the public:
Tourist office Seiser Alm