The two world-class biathletes spent their childhood in Pontresina.
They know the nearby Bernina Pass inside out. Here, in summer, they train on roller skis; workout units in the rarefied mountain air at the performance limit. Following their promising performances at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Selina (32) and Elisa (25) have begun working towards their next Olympic aspiration. In South Korea, in 2018, they want to be among the best.
Last winter, Elisa suffered a major setback.
She had to quit the season due to exhaustion. Step by step, she is now gradually returning to her old form. «It took me months to feel like an athlete again. Getting advice from both of my sisters helped a lot in those months,» she says, looking back. Her elder sister’s experience, Selina is seven years her senior, was invaluable.
The competition season will, as ever, be long and fought hard.
The world championships, a rehearsal for the Olympic games, will take place in February. After that, there will hopefully be another of those beautiful spring days on Alp Bondo. Time and space for their appetite for outdoor exercise. With firn snow, the sun and the Engadin mountain air.
ALP BONDO (2,200 METRES)
Circular cross-country course (4,2 km) at the foot of the Diavolezza cableway near the Bernina Pass. 10 km from Pontresina, take bus no. 2 or the Bernina railway. The track is groomed between the first snow and the opening of the tracks in the valley, as well as in spring time.
Our tip: Skate skiing on firn in this extraordinary landscape below the Bernina Pass.