important event, organized by the Alpine Troops
Command of Bolzano, has been taking place for 87
In 1931 the Army General Staff was asked to
resume a military skiing event that would allow,
through a competitive comparison between the
best skiers trained by the Alpine units, a
periodic evaluation of the progress achieved in
this field. The Inspectorate of the Alpine
Troops decided to organize the first
interreggimental ski races of the Alpine Troops
at the Passo del Tonale from 6 to 10 March 1931,
with the collaboration of the 5th Alpine
The Championships, although with different names
and interruptions imposed by the war events,
have assumed increasing interest and prestige.
Since 1979, they have acquired an international
dimension since mountain soldiers from friendly
and allied countries have also taken part.
Journalistically labelled as the "Winter
Olympics in Grey Green", the Alpine Troops Ski
Championships perfectly combine and exalt
various aspects that are the basis of the
existence of the Alpine troops: training,
professionalism and connection with the social
reality. In fact, the term "Championship"
betrays the meaning of the Ca.STA (name assumed
in 1977), because the sporting values only
primary aim is instead to verify the level of
training achieved by the departments during the
winter activity, with particular regard to the
ability to survive, mobility and operational
efficiency in a snowy environment. And the
"test" is highly significant in view of the high
number of men involved in the competitions and
in the technical-logistical support structures.
The typically sporting competitions, however,
highlight individuality of high level, as among
the "black pens" there are many FISI classified.
But this does not alter the meaning of the
Alpine Troops Ski Championships: agonism is the
fundamental spring to form the individual
fighter and make him suitable to operate in the
most adverse environmental conditions.
a mass sport. In this sense, De Coubertin would
certainly like the Alpine Troop Championships, because
they translate to the letter the postulates (today
inevitably conditioned by the market strategies of the "sponsors")
of the modern Olympic Games. For the Alpine Troops "it
is important to participate", in the truest sense of the
word, and on the podium you go "for the honour of the
The races, which take place during the Alpine Troops Ski
Championships, offer safe and exciting moments from
every point of view. Days of "battles", which are fought
fairly and enhanced by the spirit of Body and emulation
that is born spon-taneamente between the Alpine
departments. These are very hard comparisons both in
individual tests, aimed at perfecting techniques and
skills in shooting, and in collective tests of patrol
and platoon tending to verify the training level of
minor units in the technical-scientific and
Attending the competitions, it is clear that they are
one of the most effective means to strengthen the
cohesion of the departments through joint work.
Winning is therefore not only an individual affirmation,
but the result of collective preparation.