BUT Formazza: here we go! Obligatory crampons for BT and BSR2 July 2021
BUT Formazza: registration opens on 1 February!25 January 2022
Crampons are mandatory for Bettelmatt Trail and Bettelmatt Skyrace
The official decision has been made: the 3 routes scheduled for the 2021 edition of BUT Formazza, scheduled for July 10 in Val Formazza, will be modified due to the snow still present in the highest parts of the route.
How the paths will change
Bettelmatt Trail will start south to take the path that leads to Alpe Ghigel (2,132 masl), then proceeding towards Lake Castel and the Boden lakes (2,342 masl), up to Passo S. Giacomo; at that point a first long descent will begin, passing from the Maria Luisa Hut (2,176 masl), towards Riale, from which you will pass for the first time and then head towards Lake Morasco and Alpe Bettelmatt. The ascent will continue, passing by the Città di Busto Hut (2,482 masl) and then on the Seidel glacier, up to Hut 3A; you will descend again from the glacier and then turn right, skirt the dam of Lago del Sabbione and descend again to Lago di Morasco, at an altitude of 1,815, where the time gate will also be positioned (after 8h30′ of the race). At that point the route will be the same as that initially planned, with the ascent up to Passo Nefelgiù, at 2,583 masl, the descent towards Lake Vannino and then Canza, at an altitude of 1,418 masl. We will then return to climb, passing next to the Toce waterfall to get to Riale. The km will be around 52, while the altitude difference shouldn’t vary much from what was expected, remaining well above 3,000m. Maximum time will be 13.00 (therefore at 19.00, with departure at 6.00)
Bettelmatt Sky Race, which will be about 35 km long, from the start in Riale it will head directly towards Lake Morasco (where the gate will be located, 4h30′ from the start) and Alpe Bettelmatt; the tour will then be the same as that of the Bettelmatt Trail, with the ascent of the Toce waterfall. The total altitude difference will be around 2000 m. The maximum time will be 9 hours (therefore at 17.00, with departure at 8.00)
Crampons will be mandatory for Bettelmatt Trail and Bettelmatt Skyrace!
Bettelmatt Race will start towards Lake Morasco, heading towards Alpe Furculti and descending from the Mario Rigoni Stern path. The route will then pass through the cross-country track to arrive at the path that leads to Alpe Ghigel: from here it will be the same as the first part of the Bettelmatt Trail route, then it will end at the first passage from Riale; the route with these modifications should not deviate much from the initially planned mileage, settling at around 22 km, while the altitude difference will be around 1,000 m; the maximum time will be 6 hours (at 3.30 pm, with departure at 9.30 am).
“We decided on this change – explains Gianluca Barp, president of Formazza Event, the ASD that organizes BUT Formazza – to ensure the greatest possible safety for the athletes who will come to run on the paths of our wonderful valley. With this in mind, however, we will still monitor the paths until the day before the race: there may still be slight changes to some routes, without however substantially affecting the mileage and elevation gain. Any updates will be communicated in the briefings beforehand, the one on Friday evening and the one at the start. The event will take place in compliance with the AntiCOVID procedures currently in force. We are sure it will be a great day of sport and we can’t wait to welcome the more than 600 members on our trails!”.