Der weisse Rausch
Every year in April over 500 participants from all over the world gather for the mass start. Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers start at the Vallugagrat with one aim: to reach the finish unhurt as quickly as possible.
The 22nd of April 2017 is not a usual day in St. Anton am Arlberg. In the morning excitement is in the wind already and a striking amount of skiers in racing suits show up. Tension and a thrill of anticipation is equally noticeable and increase to the maximum throughout the day. But with cablecars closing the day has just begun.
The iconic ski race "Der weisse Rausch" (the white rush) is imminent and will push the competitors to the limit another time.
The meanwhile legendary alpine ski race draws thousands of winter sportspersons from around the world to St. Anton am Arlberg every year that try to win through against more than 500 participants in a mass start at the Valluga ridge.
Basically everyone can take part, but some already know by experience: This race stretches everyone to the limits. The brave winter sportspersons have to deal with a 9 km long downhill with 1350 vertical meters to hurdle. One deciding factor is the start position. The real challenge however follows soon afterwards with the "Schmerzensberg" (mountain of pain): Who climbs up the 150 meter long ascent with 37 vertical meters too fast bursts his lungs. To climb slow means to waste time.
The record time for the whole race was set at eight minutes and 14 seconds in 2011 from Paul Schwarzacher. Eleven to 18 minutes is average. But at the end of the race that often does not play a role any longer: then it is all just about to finish somehow. Incidentally the spectators can spot some fancy clothed participants that arrive at the finish after half an hour. This makes it clear to everyone that fun will not fall by the wayside.
At a glance
Saturday, 22nd April 2017
05.00 pm start
07.00 pm award ceremony and afterwards "Der Weiße Rausch Party" at the valley station Rendlbahn
Valluga - Valfagehrjoch - Ulmerhütte - Moos - St. Anton, 9 km
Interactive map here.
The track as panorama
Date of release: 1931 (first release)
Director: Dr. Arnold Fanck
Lenght: 94 Minuten
Location: St. Anton am Arlberg
Hannes Schneider: Hannes
Leni Riefenstahl: Leni
Guzzi Lantschner: Tietje
Walter Riml: Fietje
Rudi Matt: Rudi Matt
Lothar Ebersberg: Short Lothar
Anton Seelos: Toni
The movie deals with the young girl Leni that wants to take part in a ski race during her winter holidays in St. Anton am Arlberg so the ski instructor Hannes Schneider teaches her skiing. Highlight of the movie is the so called "Fuchsjagd" (fox hunt): The best 40 skiers of the Arlberg hunt Hannes Schneider and his pupil Leni. "Der weisse Rausch" made a great stir through the presentation of the new skiing techniques of Hannes Schneider in combination with very aesthetic shots of the ski sport itself and the terrific landscape.