The Mezzalama Skyrace was an international high altitude endurance race competition, defunct in 2008,[1] in upper Valtournenche Valley, in the Aosta Valley, Italy. The summer event in the Monte Rosa's massif has been carried out annually by the Mezzalama Trophy association since 2000, and was also named in honor of the mountain guide Ottorino Mezzalama.

Course description

The starting point is in Saint-Jacques (1,680 metres a.s.l.), a hamlet in Ayas. The participants pass Verraz (2,380 metres a.s.l.), Saint-Oyen, and then the Blue Lake (French: Lac Bleu), then they take back the main track and meet to the moraine of the Grand Glacier of Verraz (French: Grand glacier de Verraz, Italian: Grande Ghiacciaio di Verra) to reach the Refuge Ottorino Mezzalama, which is the turning point of the circuit. Total course length is 15 kilometres with a 1,356 metre altitude difference, to be finished in a maximum time of 4 hours.


Year Men's winner Women's winner
2000 Italy Bruno Brunod Italy Gloriana Pellissier
2001 Italy Bruno Brunod Italy Gloriana Pellissier
2002 Italy Manfred Reichegger Italy Gloriana Pellissier
2003 Italy Davide Bonansea Italy Emanuela Brizio
2004 Italy Dennis Brunod Italy Gloriana Pellissier
2005 Italy Paolo Bert Italy Gloriana Pellissier
2006 Italy Dennis Brunod Italy Gloriana Pellissier
2007 Italy Dennis Brunod Italy Gloriana Pellissier
2008 Italy Dennis Brunod Italy Gloriana Pellissier
2009 not held

See also


  1. ^ "Mezzalama Skyrace". Retrieved 10 October 2017.