In just 5 months, the world's best downhill skiers will be at the start of the highest downhill race in the Ski World Cup. Due to the altitude, two thirds of the race course are on glacier. This year, the glacier is in optimal condition, as the current pictures from the webcam of Plateau Rosa (3,480 metres above sea level) show. The abundant precipitation and the cold temperatures, which were the norm this spring, provided the glacier ski area with ideal conditions.
The area around the Gran Becca presented a different picture just a year ago. Last year's spring was warm and dry. The snow that normally lies at this altitude at this time was not existent due to a lack of precipitation in the winter. A recent image from Meteo Valle d'Aosta shows the enormous differences. Comparing last year's situation with the current one, the glacier currently shows the usual good conditions for this time of year.
After a mild winter with little precipitation, the wet and cool spring was not only a blessing for nature, but also for summer skiing. Currently, the summer ski area with 12 kilometres of slopes is open for guests and locals in top conditions.
The summer ski area also enables the ski teams to prepare optimally for the coming season and the start of the speed races at the Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening. The first teams will be training on the glacier from the 1st of July.