The European Ski Mountaineering Championships 2018 are underway on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. The competitions take place on the North Face of the volcano from February 22 – 24.
The ISMF competitions are back in the foothills of Mount Etna in Sicily with the European Championships, six years after a stage of the 2012 World Cup.
Everything is set in Nicolosi, just few kilometers from the city of Catania. The first competition is the Sprint race scheduled for today, followed by the Vertical race on Friday. The Individual race on Saturday 24th closes the European Championships.
All 19 countries competing arrived in Italy in the last few days in order to become acquainted with the race course. Exceptionally, there is even a delegation from Brazil.
Due to unfavourable weather conditions the Organising Committee headed by Vasco Agen took the tough decision to move the competitions to Piano Provenzana, on the North ridge of the volcano. The races should have taken place on the South ridge close to Rifugio Sapienza.