MATTERHORN
SKYRUNNING
WORKSHOP

Workshop

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Matterhorn skyrunning workshop
17-22 june, 2022

This first Matterhorn Skyrunning Workshop, sanctioned by the International Skyrunning Federation, is designed to teach amateur
mountain runners the best practice of skyrunning and to prepare them for demanding races, including trail running in the most iconic location
at the foot of the Matterhorn.

The master-class will be held by world famous experts for a group of 10-15 students, one to one, indoors and out, right on the mountain where most of the action will be.

The instructors will use demos, exercises, real-life examples and give the students personal feedback and advice.

Lectures and presentations will be held in the evenings covering theories and scientific research. Presentations and videos will accompany the
experience as well as recovery activities.

REGISTRATION​

WORKSHOP – ALL INCLUSIVE COSTS

For a runner: € 1,650 until May 15th
after May 15th- € 1,790

For partner- € 1,350

Your host hotel is the **** Les Neiges d’Antan, in the famous mountain resort of Cervinia, right in front of the Matterhorn. Check out the incredible location, services, spa and cuisine.

The workshop includes:
  • World-class skyrunning and mountain running instructors
  • Professional lectures and presentations
  • Accommodation and meals, including house wine at Les Neiges d’Antan
  • Sandwiches for outdoors activities
  • House wine at dinners
  • Transportation during the workshop
  • Transportation from and to Milano airports (coordinate timing with organizers)
  • Massage
  • Recovery treatment by physiotherapist
  • Yoga sessions
  • Sauna. Outdoor Jacuzzi. Ice water bath
  • Hiking trips with a local guide
  • E bike trips with a local guide
  • A pair of micro crampons for snow running to each participant, supplied by sector leader, Nortec
The workshop doesn’t include:

Insurance which can be purchased here. It covers the course outings, training and racing for just 12 a year

Flights

The instructors

Franco Collé

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One of the world’s top mountain running athletes, Franco Collé, winner of the Monte Rosa SkyMarathon and three editions of the TorX, he is an engineer and ski and trail running instructor.

Marino Giacometti

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Marino Giacometti is the founder of skyrunning, a pioneer in his field and multiple record man, he is president of the International Skyrunning Federation which governs the sport on a global level and counts 48 member countries. 

William Boffelli

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William Boffelli is a true mountain athlete counting three skyrunning wins in the Monte Rosa SkyMarathon and two in the Matterhorn Ultraks Extreme. He is also on Italy’s national ski-mo team.

Learning goals 

how DO I know if this workshop is for me?

Ask yourself:

  • Do I find passion in skyrunning and steep, technical mountain running?
  • Would I like to gain more skyrunning and mountain running skills?
  • Would I like to learn from the best mountain running masters?
  • Did I gain some mountain running experience, and have the stamina for a few hours of training in the mountains?
 
If the answers are positive, you are going to enjoy this workshop

Weather

  • Dealing with changing conditions
  • What to wear and when. How to change clothes during the run
  • Weather safety. When is it too risky to go on?

Altitude

  • Altitude acclimatisation – sensation.
  • Diminished performance. Effort management Nutrition. Rest

Equipment

  • Running with poles
  • Mandatory race equipment. Selecting the right equipment. Packing it
  • Vest. Selecting, adjusting, and packing.
  • Shoes. Choosing the right shoes for the event.
  • Micro crampons
 

Nutrition

  • Eating the right food during, before, and after the run. How nutrition changes during the run
  • Heat, altitude acclimatisation and nutrition

Mountain running technique

  • Long ascents. When to run and when to walk
  • Power hiking
  • Scrambling. Working with safety ropes
  •  Downhills – technical and steep downhills. Loose rocks, big rocks. Mud. Snow
  • Footwork. Vision. How to plan your path
  • Fast and safe descent.
  • Efficiency and energy conservation
  • Snow, ice, water crossings
  • Basics of alpine climbing

Night time – Trail running

  • Navigation and orientation by night
  • Technical terrain at night
  • Headlamps and other flashlights
  • Mental aspect of night runs

Strategy and planning 

  • How to select a race
  • Plan your race with #MYSKYRACE to know before you go
  • Race strategy 
  • Learning the route and terrain 
  • Preparing for the unexpected
  • Mental preparation 

Activities for non-runners

This workshop is unique by including mountain activities for non-runners

YOGA

Credit: © Ella Faust

Sarit, a Yoga teacher with 20 year experience, will help preparation and recovery before and after the outdoor activities.

Hiking

Credit: © Yaniv Shoshan

The Italian side of the Matterhorn around Cervinia offers immense opportunities for
hikers of all levels with incredible views of this iconic mountain.

E-mountain bike

Credit: © Yaniv Shoshan

With the new eMTBs you can get where you want, easily, but still burn calories. The downhills here are jaw-dropping and fun for all levels of bikers.

Workshop Program

Day 1 – June 17 – pickup from Milan airports.
Arrival in hotel and enjoy a little rest.
2-hour walk and in the surrounding area (with greats views of the
Matterhorn). Getting to know the area and the group.

Day 2 – June 18 – base day. 
Yoga and warmup.
2-3 hours easy training. Get to know the trails and slopes. Basic technique for ascent and descent. 
Afternoon – Steep climbs skyrunning training. 
Professional lecture on race strategy and planning. 

Day 3 – June 19 – a longer day. 6 – 7 hours. Learning to tackle long uphills and downhills. Working on technique and efficiency, snow and high altitude.
Afternoon – stretching and yoga. Professional lecture on altitude and
race nutrition.

Day 4 – June 20 – easy day with a night run, starting late. Easy mountain activity, or a well-deserved rest at the hotel.

Evening – 3-4 hours of sunset and night run. Navigation and orientation at night-time.

Day 5 – June 21 Long and intense day. 6 – 7 hours. Reaching high altitude including snow. Long ascents and descents.
Evening – professional lecture.

Day 6 – June 22 – 3 hour fun route, summarizing everything learnt to date. Or easy hike. Check out.

Day 7 – June 23 (optional and recommended) –  6-7 hours outdoors.
Advanced mountain skills with Franco Collé.

Hiking and biking activities

Day 1 – June 17 – 2-hour walk and intro to the area. Getting to know the area and the group

Day 2 – June 18 – base day. Start with yoga and warmup. 4 – 5-hour hike to lakes and mountain huts

Day 3 – June 19 – e-MTBbike experience. Riding up the mountains and along streams
Evening 3 – stretching and yoga

Day 4 – June 20 – starting late. Sunset hike

Day 5 – June 21 – longer hike. Hike to mountain huts, peaks, and alpine lakes. Lunch with the running group

Day 6 – June 22 – Yoga class. Short and fun trip to a river cave, or just chilling before transport to the airport

REGISTRATION

The workshop includes:
  • World-class skyrunning and mountain running instructors
  • Professional lectures and presentations
  • Accommodation and meals, including house wine at Les Neiges d’Antan
  • Sandwiches for outdoors activities
  • House wine at dinners
  • Transportation during the workshop
  • Transportation from and to Milano airports (coordinate timing with organizers)
  • Massage
  • Recovery treatment by physiotherapist
  • Yoga sessions
  • Sauna. Outdoor Jacuzzi. Ice water bath
  • Hiking trips with a local guide
  • E bike trips with a local guide
The workshop doesn’t include:

Insurance which can be purchased here. It covers the course outings, training and racing for just 12 a year

Flights

WORKSHOP – ALL INCLUSIVE COSTS

Participants: € 1,790

Partner in double room: € 1,350

For registration