The classic 1931 film “Der weisse Rausch“ (The White Thrill) with Leni Riefenstahl and the skiing legend Hannes Schneider in the lead roles, provided the basis for a season highlight for young and old.
The film revolves around the story of the young tourist Leni and the ski instructor Hannes Schneider. Both start as foxes in the fox hunting race and are spectacularly hunted over the slopes by 40 skiers.
Nowadays, this is done once a year on the Vallugagrat run, though maybe even somewhat wilder. As soon as the ski lifts close on the 25th of April 2020, 555 participants from around the world will take part in the spectacular mass start of "the white ecstasy". Then for the next 9 km it's a case of: head down and go for it! The participating skiers, snowboarders and telemark skiers have to hold their nerve until they reach the destination at the Galzigbahn lift station healthy and well. The fastest athletes manage the whole run – including a 37-metre ascent on foot - in under 9 minutes!
Take a look at the race on the 22nd April 2017
At a glance
- 555 participants from around the world
- Start: Vallugabahn I lift mountain station
- Finish: Galzigbahn lift valley station
- Race distance: 9 km
- Height difference: 1,341 m
- Record time: about 7:40 minutes
- Maximum gradient: 100%
- Average gradient: 17%
Be part of "Der weisse Rausch"
So, have you been gripped by race fever? Then take part in the "Der weisse Rausch" ski circuit and show what you've got. The Ski Arlberg app not only lets you access all the necessary information about the route, but you can also track your ski run. In addition, all app users take part in a weekly prize draw with exclusive prizes.
This is how it works:
1) Download the app
2) Enable GPS
3) Start the tracker
4) Do the run
5) Win a prize!