Ski touring competition "White Elephant Cup" with the support of Dynafit

лижні змагання у Карпатах

White Elephant Cup is an extreme skiing competition with elements of orienteering in Ukraine. So far it's the most massive and most high altitude skiing race. The event takes place at the highest and severest mountain ridge of Ukraine — Chornohora.

Participants will face the challenges in different classes, technical stages, motivating ascends, and inspiring descends.

Organizer: TURE TEAM

Classes: SKITOUR, SKI-ALP
Venue: 
White Elephant Camp, Carpathians, Ukraine
Dates of the competition: 26 — 27 of January 2019​

You can read about White Elephant Cup in other languages:

Ukrainian version >>>>     Polish version >>>>     Czech version >>>>


It’s a team competition with a mass start. The team consists of two participants and can be male, female or mixed. 

The total time on the track is scored. Finish of the team is the finish of the last participant of the team. At the finish the distance between teammates should not exceed 50 m (roughly). Finish is determined from the last participant of the team (precisely at the moment when the last participant of the team touches the finish mark by the hand). Organizers will show the mark in advance.

Competitions are held in two classes: SKITOUR and SKI-ALP. Everyone can try themselves and fight to win.

Classes

SKITOUR

This class is available for proficient participants, as well as for the newcomers. It demands only the basic skills and equipment. The race lasts one day.
The length of the route is 26 km.

 

Uphill route:

White Elephant Camp — Verhnia Dzembronia village — mountain meadow Chufrova — Checkpoint "SIDLO" (Saddle) — Chornohora ridge (saddle with Mt. Smotrych) mountain — Mt. Pip Ivan of Chornohora, 2028 m

 

The main downhill route:

Mt. Pip Ivan of Chornohora, 2028 m — Chornohora ridge (saddle with Mt. Smotrych) mountain — Checkpoint "SIDLO" (Saddle) — mountain meadow Chufrova — Verhnia Dzembronia village — White Elephant Camp

* In case of adverse weather conditions, the route of the race can be changed (poor snow covering of the slopes, considerable icing, storm wind or poor visibility).

Overview map of the route >>>

SKI-ALP

This class is open only to experienced and proficient athletes. It consists of two stages and demands special knowledge and skills, as well as an avalanche package. Competition in this class lasts for two days: one stage per day.
The length of the route in stage I is 29 km.

 

I stage

Uphill route:

White Elephant Camp — Verhnia Dzembronia village — mountain meadow Chufrova — Mt. Menchul, 1998 m — descend to the highland valley of Dzembronia River —  Checkpoint "SIDLO" (Saddle) — Chornohora ridge (saddle with Mt. Smotrych) mountain — Mt. Pip Ivan of Chornohora, 2028 m

 

The main downhill route:

Mt. Pip Ivan of Chornohora, 2028 m — Chornohora ridge (saddle with Mt. Smotrych) mountain — Mt. Smotrych — descend via left slopes of the mountain and path from Mt. Vukhatyi Kamin —
 mountain meadow under Mt. Smotrych — Verhnia Dzembronia village — White Elephant Camp

* In case of adverse weather conditions, the route of the race can be changed (poor snow covering of the slopes, considerable icing, storm wind or poor visibility).

 

II stage

- "Vertical run" (exit to Smotrych, 1898 m)
- "Dühlfer from a rock with skis" (skiing to the rocks on the southeastern shoulder of Smotrych)
- "Avalanche test"
- "Searching in the avalanche"

White Elephant Cup 2017

White Elephant Cup 2018

Event program

25.01 
registration of the participants at White Elephant Camp all day long till 10:00 p.m.
 

26.01

till 10.00 a. m. — arrival of the participants, registration (take into account that ones you register on spot you won’t get stylish souvenirs from White Elephant Camp and won’t be covered by the insurance)

11.00 a.m. — start of the race in both classes SKITOUR and SKI-ALP

till 5.00 p.m. — finish and returning to White Elephant Camp

8.00 p.m. – midnight — free sauna from White Elephant Camp for all participants

 

27.01

10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. — II stage of the competition in SKI-ALP class

2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. — prize-giving ceremony, departure



WHITE ELEPHANT CUP SAFETY RULES >>>

(it is obligatory to read the rules and obey them)

Chornohora mountain search and rescue station

ensures the security


Organizers provide

participants, who registered in advance and payed the organizing fee with,

+ souvenir,
+ insurance,
+ cartographic materials,
+ transportation to the start point of the race,
+ transportation from the finish point of the race to White Elephant Camp,
+ free sauna from White Elephant Camp;

 

participants, who register and pay organizing fee on spot,

+ cartographic materials,
+ transfer from the finish point of the race to White Elephant Camp,
+ free sauna from White Elephant Camp.

Participation requirements

Only persons who have reached the majority age (18 years old) can participate.
Persons aged 14 to 18 can join the race only accompanied by parents.

 COMPULSORY set of equipment per team:

(1) means of communication (a mobile phone with the number "Kyivstar", which can stand for at least three days in standby mode);

(2) compass, preferably a GPS navigator with a spare battery pack;

(3) proper personal equipment, clothing, snack, light;

(4) special equipment (ski touring and avalanche kits);

(5) passport (competitions take place in the border area).

Registration

To register, you need to fill in the APPLICATION FORM and pay an organizing fee.

For the SKITOUR class, when paying until January 16th no later than 12:00, the payoff is 400 UAH per person. If the payment takes place after the set date, the organizing fee is 500 UAH per person

For class SKI-ALP, when paying before January 16 no later than 12:00, the payoff is 600 UAH per person. If payment takes place after the set date, the organizing fee is 700 UAG per person.

It is possible to register on the spot on January 25 during the day or January 26 till 10.00.

Organizers cannot guarantee providing rental equipment to those who registered on spot participants.

Requirements for ski equipment

It is allowed to use any combination of touring or alpine skis with metal edges. Participation on split boards is also possible. Use of cross-country skis is prohibited.

Prizes and sponsors

  

outdoor company

camping and backpacking cookware manufacturer

outdoor equipment shop

Winners (I, II, and III places in each class) will receive valuable prizes. 

 

All participants

All participants of the competition will be provided with a free Carpathian sauna from White Elephant Camp after an exhausting race.

The pre-registering participants will get a stylish souvenir from the organizers.


Take care of your comfort during the competition!

Additional services at White Elephant Camp

accommodation

food

transportation

equipment rental (ski kits)


If you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact us by

email ture@ture.ua or phone +38 098 999 88 73.