The Lara Gut Run opens in Andermatt
Now, at age 21, and with plenty more age-defying victories under her belt, the Sorengo-born Gut has secured another accolade – a run at Andermatt has been renamed in her honour. The run holds special memories for Gut, as she trained on it regularly as a junior.
Lara Gut’s name now appears on the Andermatt piste map alongside that of fellow Andermatt ambassador, the Swiss ski legend Bernhard Russi – a native of the valley, and himself a World Cup, Olympic and World champion.
Both the Bernhard Russi Run and the Lara Gut Run allow skiers and snowboarders to explore the slopes of the famous Gemsstock mountain. While Bernhard Russi Run is a 4km-long black route that traces the route of the Gerschen glacier, Lara Gut Run is a shorter – but no less spectacular – red run that takes skiers down the mountain’s eastern slopes, in the central Gurschenalp section of the mountain.
Lara Gut has been an Andermatt ambassador since 2012. She began her stellar career in the alps, and the Alpine environment remains her favourite place to ski. “Whether for training or in my spare time,” she explained when her ambassadorship was first announced, “I love going back to the Gotthard region and am so excited about the partnership.”
She’s an inspiration to junior skiers everywhere, as the legions of fans who turned out to catch a glimpse of their idol at the run’s inauguration showed.
We can’t promise that you’ll be able to mirror Gut’s achievements on the slopes, but with some of the best snows of the season (this week, Snow Forecast reported it as the first major resort in Europe to report a 4m base) there’s no better place than Andermatt to hone your skiing technique.
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