LAUSANNE, 18th January 2017 – Small things are usually the greatest. It is the case of the cosy Principality of Andorra, in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees, which will be, once again, the cradle of the 2017 ISMF world Cup season, kicking off, this week end, in the Vallnord ski area. Snow has come abundantly in the last days: with an Individual and a Vertical race, Font Blanca, at the feet of legendary summits, like Pico de la Font Blanca and Coma Pedrosa, is a guarantee: «We are happy to start the season once again in Andorra – says Lluis Lopez, ISMF vice President Sports & Events – because they have always been there, as a strong and committed team we can always count on».

The Font Blanca race is, indeed, a pioneer: with its XIV edition, from 1996, it has been one of the first race to join the ISMF world Tour. «We are a “snowy” little kingdom – says Jaume Esteve, president of FAM - Federacio andorrana de muntanysme – : skiing is in the roots of our country». More than 100 contestants, and almost 300 participants in the open race, the headquarters of the week end will be Ordino and La Massana. On Friday, the 2016 overall world cup prize ceremony will award the last season winners.

 Saturday21st it will be “Individual time”: the race is scheduled in Arcalis - Coma del Forat area. In the shade of Pic D’Arcalis and Cataperdis mountain, a panoramic circuit - 1625 D+ for men and 1440 D+ for ladies - will be displayed along five climbs and descents for men and four for ladies, mostly off piste. The day after, Sunday 22nd the Vertical run will be hosted in Arinsal, a very popular ski resort. One shot up, along a ski slope for 730 D+: the faster to summit the 2320 metres of the finish area – framed by beautiful Alt de Capa  - will be the winner.

 «This is a crucial season – adds Marco Mosso, ISMF vice President Marketing & Communication - : the agreement with Infront Sports and Media will be strategic to spread our sport in the main stream of winter disciplines. We are confident: the attention shown by the sponsorships in the world Cup proves the increasing appeal of Skimo and the new ranking shared with LGC - La grande Course is also an important sign of cooperation among all the skimo partners inside the ISMF».

 The 2017 Font Blanca sets also a new record under the motto: “Fem la Font Blanca residu zero!”, let’s have a no waste competition. In Andorra they now the meaning of sustainability very well. «We would like to “go green” and we have worked hard to deliver the first neutral CO2 race of the ISMF circuit – adds again Jaume Esteve -  through the seal of “clean CO2 certified” from Lavola company which introduced new measures to reduce the environmental impact of the event, especially in the prevention of waste». Respect of the wildlife, leaving the ecosystem untouched can go along with skimo world and skiers whose tracks are smooth as a caress for the planet. And above all, this is the greatest victory. 



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Lucia Galli

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