Vertical Up.

The goal of the VAL GARDENA-GRÖDEN VERTICAL UP is to conquer the original Worldcup-Track, which spans 3,446 meters and 839 vertical meters, vertically and as quickly as possible.

The “kicker” to the whole story is the rules– in fact, there are none!

The choice of equipment is open so long as everything is powered by your own muscles (no motors), as is the choice of route, on the Worldcup-track (“Speed Division”) or on the easier track (“Rucksack Division) to the Super-G Start.

  • Runners with spikes have an advantage, just as long as the course is hard and provides a firm grip …
  • Cross-country skiers using skins have an advantage, but without the right technique   …
  • Ski mountaineers / ski tourers have an advantage, but can they eke out enough of an advantage when they come to steeper terrain …
  • Racers on snowshoes and crampons: have an advantage, but can they convert that into speed on flatter ground …




Date: Saturday 27th January 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Divisions: “Speed Division” and “Rucksack Division”

Course Name: Saslong-Worldcup-Track

Starting elevation: 1.410 m

Finishing elevation: 2.249 m / 2.000 m

Elevation gain: 839 / 590 vertical meters

Course length: 3,446 m / 4,986 m

Average gradient:  24,5 %

Max./Min. gradient: 56,9 % / 11,2 %

Lighting: head lights, while the course hotspots are well illuminated

Suggested equipment: touring skis, cross-country skis, running shoes with spikes, crampons, snowshoes, ski poles, barefoot,…


Divisions &prizes

Speed Division

This division is the ultimate discipline in the VAL GARDENA-GRÖDEN VERTICAL UP!

Each athlete takes on the original, legendary Saslong ski run as quickly as possible, with a free choice of equipment. Everything is allowed, as long as racers use nothing but the strength of their own muscles.

Sub-Divisions: men’s/women’s

Timekeeping and official standings: YES

Prizes: men’s/women’s divisions / gift certificates, starter package

1st place € 500

2nd place € 350

3rd place € 200

4th place € 140

5th place € 100

6th place € 70

Rucksack Division

This division is the most fun competition in the VAL GARDENA-GRÖDEN VERTICAL UP!

Each participant gets to take on the track at their own tempo, using whatever equipment they prefer.

Only condition: They must carry a rucksack incl. contents (or however much is left over) all the way to the finish line.

Timekeeping and official standings: timekeeping only, final results are posted alphabetically. Winners are those participants who finish closest to the average time clocked by all starters!

Prizes: Starter Package incl. rucksack contents
This year, once again, there will be a super grand prize! (in recent years: a weekend of ski touring or mountain biking, 2 nights for 2 people at a 4**** hotel, Suunto Ambit3)


Camel Humps Winner

Who is the fastest which catches the camel humps?


Last rush Winner

Who is the fastest at the “Spinel”?

District Winner

Who is the fastest in the Speed Division from Southtyrol? – Who will be crowned Vertical Up District Winner.



Team/club with the most starters in the entire field wins € 500,00.

Best-Dressed Competition

Participants with the most original costumes receive a great prize: Bergzeit coupons, Huber Zwickl beer, ….
Important: All participants who wish to be considered in the final results have to register at the race office by no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday!

Information for Participants

Start numbers/starter packages can be picked up on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.!

Please be sure to bring your registration confirmation and liability disclaimer to check-in!

Race office: Saturday 27.01. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. starting area

Results list: You can track results live on the Internet – Times appear immediately after crossing the finish! –> LIVE TIMEKEEPING

Timekeeping chip: all-Inclusive – total cost is included in the entry fee!
The chip is integrated into the actual starting number. IMPORTANT: Don’t mistake your starting number for a luggage tag!!!

Required Equipment:

  • Head light (the most important sections of the course are lit up)
  • Helmet
  • Rucksack (for the “Rucksack Division”)
  • Optional: Snowline spikes 

Starter Package: We are again putting together a great starter package for all race entrants. You are guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised!

Arrival: click to go to the route planner – free parking is available at the cablecar station

Spectators/Support Personnel: please refer to “Spectator info”

Race briefing: 6:15 p.m. in the starting area, mandatory attendance.

Luggage transportation:

  • Leave bags by no later than 6 p.m. next to the start-area
  • Distributed Speedclass Restaurant Ciampinoi, Rucksack Division Restaurant Sochers
  • Property must be identified by a tag/number from the starter package (not liable for damage/loss)
  • Please do not hang anything on the outside of the rucksack!

Start: 6:30 p.m. at the finish from the Saslong-Worldcuptrack

Courses: Worldcuptrack

Athlete Refreshments:

  • In the finish area Rucksack Division: Tea and Pasta
  • In the finish area Speedclass: Tea, in the starting area Pasta and Drinks
  • Please separate the food & drink ticket from your luggage tag!

Changing clothes: opportunity at the Restaurants

Prize ceremony: ca. 9:30 p.m. at the Saslong Finishing Area (attendance required – prizes will only be awarded to those who are present). Prize money may be issued only with identity card.

Ride down the mountain: Only on the cable car – last lift departs at 09:00 p.m. (free for all participants). For the Speedclass is a Shuttle from the Ciampinoi Cable Car in Wolkenstein to the Saslong. Returning to the valley on skis or using other sporting equipment is strictly prohibited and will result in a life-long ban from the VerticalUp!

After-Race Party: at the tent after the Price-Ceremony next to the Saslong-Worldcuptrack.


Highlights for spectators

  • Lift fare for this evening € 5,00 per person (round trip) available directly at the Hössbahn ticket window
  • Season passes are not accepted!!!
  • Lift runs up the mountain from 6 until 8 p.m., last ride down is at 9:00 p.m.
  • Always on top of the action with the help of our emcee
  • Start: Finish Saslong-Worldcuptrack 6:30 p.m.
  • Hot spots for spectators: Start, Zone Ruacia and Finish Hotel Sochers, Finish Restaurant Ciampinoi
  • Prizes awarded at the tent next to the Saslong Finish Area, Zone Ruacia at about 9:30 p.m.
  • Free parking right by the cablecar

PLEASE NOTE!! The first athletes are expected at the finish at around 7 p.m.


When What Where
6 – 9 p.m. Lift rides up the mountain for support personnel & spectators Mountain lifts
6.30 p.m. Start of both race divisions Start area
7.00 p.m. Racers in the 1st Speed Division begin to arrive Finish area
9.30 p.m. Prize ceremony, After-Race-Party Tent next to the Saslong Worldcup-Track
9.00 p.m. Last lift ride down the valley Mountain lifts



Registration starts: Autumn 2017
Registration Val Gardena-Gröden Vertical Up

Registration deadline: 14.01. at 8 p.m.

You can also registrate at the 27.01., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the race office in the starting area.