The second annual Hard Snow Festival has been announced for March 20-22 in Italy’s Val di Susa. Last year’s event combined avalanche education, a curated selection of freeriding and ski-mountaineering films and freeriding days with quality conditions at Bardonecchia and the off-piste terrain in the Val di Susa. In 2020, Hard Snow returns with an expanded line up of cinematic offerings along with the event’s avalanche education program and off-and on-piste freeriding opportunities. While the event is free to attend and discounted lift tickets for Bardonecchia will be available for participants, donations to support the rescue work and avalanche training provided by CNSAs are welcomed and all proceeds generated by the festival benefit CNSAS.
“Our goal was to create a grassroots gathering of freeriders and off-piste enthusiasts to share our love of the Val di Susa and to support our local search and rescue organization, the CNSAS,” says event founder and organizer, Tom Winter. “Things can be really quiet in the valley in the winter, especially in my adopted village of Exilles, so this is a way to throw a party for a good cause and share the amazing mountains in this area.”
The three-day event kicks off with a Friday night “Gathering of the Tribe” highlighted by the chance to meet professional athletes, guides and other ski industry insiders along with an exclusive showing of When Mountains Were Wild. This evocative film was produced in part by professional snowboarder and Freeride World Tour athlete Mitch Tölderer. Featuring exploratory freeriding in the northern Albanian Alps, this award- winning documentary inspires and delights in equal measure.
Friday evening’s gathering is followed by a casual freeriding day at Bardonecchia’s Jafferau sector, an evening of curated cinema hosted at Bardonecchia’s Palazzo Delle in and a return to Jafferau on Sunday for a day of avalanche and mountain safety education hosted by CNSAS Piemonte – a voluntary mountain rescue organization that operates in the Val di Susa area.
“We are very excited to be involved with Hard Snow again in 2020,” says CNSAS’ Simone Bobbio. “It is a great opportunity for our volunteers and other members of the community to enhance their mountain safety and avalanche rescue skills while also having a great time with other like-minded skiers, snowboarders and mountaineers.”
Full details for Hard Snow can be found here: www.hardsnowfestival.com