Today’s blog post written by Walker Bean
Roller skiing up the Martell is one of my favorite workouts that we do in Italy. It is very tiring,
extremely pretty and a classic. We got out to the Martell valley by 9 in the morning and it is
about a 3 hour ski up. It was skate this time and now that I am not a J2 I had to start a few
kilometers farther down the road and that made it roughly 32 kilometers to the top. The entrance to the valley is guarded by a small hill with an ancient castle on the top, behind it you can see strawberry fields lining the inside of the valley.
The views are great as you wind up into the valley seeing the apple and strawberry farms terraced into the sides and the small towns on the road. We met Andy, an Italian Biathlon coach who lives in the Martell, he drove one of the vans up the valley to keep an eye on us as we roller skied our way up. The air was cool and slightly rainy, the perfect weather for a long uphill ski because it keeps you cool but you don’t ever get cold. We stopped for snacks several times on the way up and we got a great chance to sample some of the apples and strawberries from one of the stores. The fruit was about as fresh as could be asked for and was simply amazing as is most of the food here.
Toward the top of the valley there is a biathlon range and track that are some of the most fun roller skiing trails that I have been on, they are steep with tight corners and a good flow that makes it feel rolling and fast. From the biathlon range we skied up 10 switchbacks to a beautiful glacial lake. The lake has that icy blue color to it and I have always wanted to take a swim but I have never gotten the chance. The road follows the edge of the water around the side of the lake until it reaches another river on the far side from there the road keeps switchbacking up the valley. The road is extremely steep sometimes reaching a 14 percent grade, by that time it felt like whenever you put your ski down and expected it to move it just wouldn’t. At the top of the road Justin, Forrest, Elliot, and myself skied all the way to Rudy’s snack stand at the very top, just across the river from an old abandoned hotel. Even having skied on Stelvio the day before, I don’t think I have felt as tired as I did on top of the Martell in a long time.
Once we were all done skiing we loaded up into the van and went down to a restaurant
part way down the Martell, there we got to see a great accordion performer and a great meal.
There was even some dancing from Andy and Kat. They served us pasta and stuffing-like
dumplings followed up by a pasta made from spinach that is a regional delicacy. Our lunch
dessert was a home made apple strudel and some home made ice cream which were amazing but tiny. From there we said goodbye to Andy and went back to the hotel for a much needed nap.
out to the sunken village and saw the half-submerged church.
of the paddle, the big boys and Justin went swimming in the very cold
water. Katrina went running while the main group was kayaking.
|TK – In the afternoon, the older boys and Lizzy went
roller skiing, and Tanner, Carl and Katrina played games and did core
with the younger Italians.
Classic rollers intervals with the older Italian boys and girls. Tanner,
Carl and Katrina played Volleyball, did some balance building
activities and did some core.
ate at a new restaurant because the restaurant we have eaten at for the
first part of the trip was closed. We had Risotto for lunch, and Pork
- Andy Newell
- Camels Hump
- Climate Change
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fast and Female
- GMVS Ski Team
- Mad River Glen
- Range Roll
- Roller Skiing
- Rollerski Race
- Ski academy
- Summer Ski Camp
- time trial
- US Ski Team
- West Yellowstone Ski Camp
- xc running
- XC Ski
- XC Ski Camp
- XC Ski Training
- XC Skiing