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Carrera Freeride Challenge Punta Nera

High Altitude Extreme Sports In Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites becomes the challenging stage of an event dedicated to extreme sports at high altitude next month (April).

The 5th edition of the Carrera Freeride Challenge Punta Nera is from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 April. It is organised by Ski Club 18 in collaboration with the Cortina Alpine Guides, the Scoiattoli Group, the Alpine Rescue and with the patronage of Municipality of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Participants of all ages will compete in the disciplines of ski touring, climbing and freeride on the Faloria slopes. The three days of adrenaline and fun, with races and events, will confirm Cortina as the Queen of extreme alpine sports.

There's still time to register for this exciting event, said Marianne Morietti from Cortina Turismo. Due to the excellent snowfalls in The Dolomites this winter, we have seen an influx of freeriders and offpiste skiers who have come to Cortina to take advantage of the fabulous snow and ski Cortina's famous couloirs. Great conditions also for piste skiers with 100% natural snow cover - and plenty of it!

Registration can be done on and for special Spring deals in Cortina go to

The timetable for Punta Nera is as follows:

Thursday 3 April

10.00: Ride Safe day. Alpine Rescue demonstrations and equipment testing in Faloria.
20.15: Scoiattoli Skialp race. The Scoiattoli Ski Touring Race departs from Rio Gere, followed by dinner, prize ceremony and music at the Faloria Refuge.

Friday 4 April

10.00: Vertical Combined Marco Da Pozzo at Piazza Angelo Dibona in the centre of Cortina.
10.00-12.30; 12.00-13.30; from 18.30: Bouldering competition open to all and divided into three rounds.
12.00: Junior Freeride Punta Nera in Faloria. The only Italian freeride race open to under 18s.
15.00: End of Junior Challenge with Chocolate Party at the Faloria Refuge.

Saturday 5 April

10.00: Freeride Challenge Punta Nera. Competitors will be transported by helicopter to the summit of the Punta Nera, the departure point of the race.
14.00: Freeride Challenge and Vertical Combined Prize Ceremony with music and celebrations at the Faloria Refuge.

Cortina has just announced that its ski season is being extended by more than three weeks right up to 1 May, due to the excellent snow conditions, which also led the resort to open two weeks early. For further information visit

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