The lack of snow was a big issue in the otherwise snow-secure Swiss high valley of the Engadin at around 1,800 m above sea level before the 53rd edition of the world’s second-largest cross-country race. Due to strong winds, the lakes froze last minute, and then it just wouldn’t snow.
A cross-country ski race on black ice?
That doesn’t sound like fun. The LOC was forced to use uncommon methods in order to be able to offer the approximately 12,600 registered participants a good track. With large snow groomers and special cutters, the ice was roughened over and over again so that a thin but stable layer of «crushed ice» was created.
Long story short: the 53rd Engadin Skimarathon could be held over the full distance on 12 March. On a narrower track on the lakes than usual and a slightly adapted route. Due to the lack of snow all winter, the almost mystical Stazerwald section had to be bypassed and the Engadin Skimarathon crossed Lake St. Moritz for the first time in its history.
More than 10,500 participants crossed the finish line, which does not match the numbers before Corona, but is a proud number given the circumstances. The feedback from the participants is even more gratifying. Despite longer waiting times than usual, most were simply happy that the Engadin Skimarathon could be held at all.
- 3.3.2024 23rd Engadin Women’s Race
- 4. – 6.3.2024 «Engadin Skimarathon – individual»
- 6.3.2024 38th Youth Sprint
- 7.3.2024 6th Engadin Night Race
- 10.3.2024 15th Engadin Half Marathon / 54th Engadin Skimarathon
Additionally, the Marathon Village in Pontresina will once again offer its visitors a lot from Thursday to Saturday: new equipment and goodies from partners and sponsors, food and drink and musical entertainment. The Engadin Skimarathon should not only be a cross-country race, but also establish itself in the future as a meeting place for all cross-country skiing enthusiasts from Switzerland and nearby countries.
Good to know: Those who register by 31 August will benefit from an early bird entry fee.
source ad World Loppet Federation Newsletter May 2023.