Green light for Marchiablanca and Ushuaia loppet
Good news came from Argentina as the Ushuaia Loppet and Marchablanca are going to take place as scheduled. After a mild month of July in Tierra del Fuego cold weather arrived one week ago and made possible restart the Cross-Country season in Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world.
The Francisco Jerman Nordic Ski Area in the Valley of Tierra Mayor now offers up to 30 km of groomed tracks. The Provincial Cross Country Ski Trail (also known as the PIPEF or the traditional Marchablanca loop) currently has a 45 cm snow base. “We are still hoping for a little more snowfall. We’ve had the weakest first half of winter since 2004, some of our long time residents say since 1969,” Pablo Valcheff, chief of the OC for Marchablanca and Ushuaia Loppet said.
The PIPEF connects Centro Invernal Tierra Mayor, Llanos de Castor, Villa Las Cotorras, and Cerro Castor alpine ski area. Cerro Castor is also the site of Interski in 2015, the first southern hemisphere site to ever host the event. For over a week now, local skiers have been enjoying typical winter conditions after a very weak early winter.
“Registration for both Marchablanca and Ushuaia Loppet is open at www.ushuaialoppet.com. We hope our events will attract a growing number of local as well as visiting skiers,” Pablo Valcheff claimed.
Ushuaia Loppet and Marchablanca are going to take place on 9th and 17th August.