Sixty-five kilometres of pure cross-country beauty
The Engadin Skimarathon, generally scheduled for March, stands as a beacon in the world of cross-country skiing. Known for its prestige and popularity, it is not only Switzerland’s largest but also the second-largest cross-country skiing event globally. A member of Worldloppet, this marathon attracts over 14,000 participants from more than 60 nations, highlighting its international appeal.
The marathon week begins with the Engadin Women’s Race event, ranking as Switzerland’s second-largest cross-country skiing event, showcasing the talents of women skiers.
Midweek activities include the Youth Sprint and the Engadin Night Race, offering diverse competitive opportunities for different age groups and skill levels.
Sixty-five kilometres of Scenic Beauty: La Diagonela offers a classic-technique cross-country skiing experience through the stunning Upper Engadin, starting and finishing in Zuoz.
The La Pachifica is running concurrently with La Diagonela. This shorter, 27-km race caters to those seeking a less demanding but equally enjoyable experience.
Since its first edition in 1969, the marathon’s popularity has surged, necessitating a cap on participants to maintain quality and safety. As a key event in the Engadin region, it has not only become a sporting highlight but also a significant cultural and social gathering, drawing the world’s elite in cross-country skiing.
The marathon week includes the Engadin Half Marathon, Women's Race and Night Race, making it a comprehensive celebration of the sport. For three days, Pontresina transforms into a cross-country skiing mecca, attracting enthusiasts from around the world to the Marathon Village.
The marathon’s origins date back to the late 1960s, born from a vision to capitalise on the growing popularity of cross-country skiing. The event has consistently grown, with its 50th anniversary in 2018 marking a record in participation.
The Engadin Skimarathon is more than just a race; it is a festival that honours the enduring spirit and evolution of cross-country skiing. From its humble beginnings to its current status as a world-renowned event, it continues to captivate skiers and spectators alike, promising yet another unforgettable edition in the beautiful Engadin Valley.
For further Information please visit the Engadin La Diagonela Website