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The winners of the Lagazuoi Winning Ideas Mountain Awards 2024

Lagazuoi Winning Ideas Mountain Awards 2024:
the most innovative projects in the mountain sector,
the winners of the 5th edition

An agritourism in the heart of the Friuli region is bringing new life to the local culinary scene,
a collaboration between a company and the mountaineering group Ragni di Lecco results in the ideal sports jacket, and
Italy's smallest region puts small ski resorts in the spotlight ehnancing the sector.

These are the proposals emerging from the fifth edition
of the competition curated by Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti and aimed at companies, organisations and start-ups
that enhance the innovative potential of the mountains.

The exhibition dedicated to the winners and finalists will open on Saturday, 23rd March,
remaining on display at the Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti until March 2025.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, 18th March 2024_ An ultra-light, hyper-technological jacket that adapts to every person and every situation, a project that connects all the lesser-known ski resorts of the Aosta Valley, a gastronomic concept that revives rural culture and connects it to the territory.

These are the winning ideas of the Lagazuoi Winning Ideas Mountain Awards, the original curatorial project of Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti, an art gallery and exhibition centre set up at an altitude of 2732 metres in the top station of the Lagazuoi cable car between Cortina d'Ampezzo and Alta Badia.

On Saturday 23rd March, at 2 p.m., in the breathtaking setting of the Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti, the official award ceremony and the opening of the exhibition dedicated to the winners and finalists of this edition will take place. The exhibition will be open until March 2025 in a dedicated room during the opening dates and times of the Lagazuoi cable car

The exhibition centre is like a theatre with several stages: concurrently, it will be possible to admire - with a guided visit - two other exhibitions. Enrico Costa of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice Foundation, will guide visitors through the exhibition Good Night, Glaciers, a journey in the footsteps of the researchers of the UNESCO-recognised Ice Memory project, who since 2015 have been drilling ice cores from the depths of glaciers to preserve a unique archive of data on the planet's past, while artist Maria Grazia Rosin with curator Anton Giulio Onofri will talk about the installation Ice Virux 2732 inspired by the microorganisms trapped in the ice.

The winning projects and finalists of the fifth edition

The ‘Mountain equipment and clothing’ category
Selectors: Marco di Marco, director of Sciare Mag, and Giampaolo Allocco, expert in sport-related industrial design, chaired by Stefano Illing, creator of the Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti exhibition centre.

  • Winner: Rock Experience Silex
    Searching for the vertical limit. Silex by Rock Experience is a supremely technical jacket, the result of close collaboration with the mountaineering group Ragni di Lecco, profound connoisseurs of the mountains. This garment is ideal for ski mountaineering and climbing because it is thermo-regulating, lightweight and breathable, made of high-performance materials positioned by body mapping. Each specific part of the body is supported by different padding and fabrics to fit like a glove. Weighing only 400 grams, you can stow it compactly in the pocket and  take it with you at any time.
  • Finalists: the Salewa Piuma 3.0 helmet with “Dry Head” ventilation concept ensures freedom of movement, maximum protection, a full-field vision and is comfortable to wear; the Garmont Lagom sneaker, a trendy streetwear design crafted from eco-friendly and recycled materials, resulting in a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The ‘Services and apps for the mountains’ category
Selectors: Paolo Ottolina, a journalist at Corriere della Sera, a specialist in innovation, and Max Cassani, an editor at the Milan editorial office of 'La Stampa', chaired by Stefano Illing, creator of the Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti exhibition centre.

  • Winner: Magic ski pass of the Valle d'Aosta region
    Everyone knows the main ski resorts of the Aosta Valley, but there are also many hidden jewels to discover. It comprises 1,426 km of pistes served by 417 lift facilities in the ski resorts of Antagnod, Brusson, Chamois, Champorcher, Cogne, Crévacol, Gressoney-Saint-Jean, La Magdeleine, Ollomont, Rhêmes-Notre-Dame, Valgrisenche. This promotion combines a favourable six-day rate with a maximum stay of three days in the same resort with one hour of ski lessons and an overnight stay in a hotel for two under-18s.
  • Finalists: Alta Badia Nos Ladins, a calendar of events with native locals and experts from Alta Badia Valley who, like a living library, provide a personal interpretation of the area; Waterjade Jsnow, created by the Trentino start-up MOBYGIS, is a platform designed to provide accurate, real-time measurements of snow and track changes in water basin hydrology.

The ‘Mountain gastronomy industry’ category
Selectors: Marco Colognese, food journalist and contributor to the hotels and restaurants guides ‘Guida ai Ristoranti d'Italia’ and ‘Guida Alberghi e Ristoranti’ of the Italian Touring Club, and Alberto Lupini, editor-in-chief of ‘Italia a Tavola’ and of ‘Check-In’, chaired by Stefano Illing, creator of the Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti exhibition centre.

  • Winner: Agriturismo Cortivo Pancotto
    In 2005, Luca Pancotto and his wife Sonia moved away from the city to realise a dream: they wanted to become farmers. They gradually restored an 18th-century hamlet near Caneva in Friuli. They started with a vegetable garden and a vineyard, then decided to invest in gastronomy and opened a farm designed to also receive guests, the Agriturismo Pancotto, which was awarded Best Farmhouse Cuisine in 2018. In 2011, they restored an abandoned alpine hut, Malga Fossa di Sarone, where they produce award-winning cheeses from Alpine milk and host children and young people for educational projects during summer. Their most recent undertaking is to bring back to life an old inn situated at the La Crosetta Pass.
  • Finalists: Impronte della Terra / Traces of the Earth, an independent cultural project aimed at raising awareness of the world of food and wine. The project gives a voice to Italy's artisans, who inhabit and enliven the territory. They are ambassadors of irreplaceable social biodiversity; Soilution System is a project developed by the 'Consorzio Tutela Soave' consortium, which has created an integrated system of sustainable measures and technologies to reduce hydro-geological risk, including more environmentally friendly techniques.

Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti_In 2018, the top station of the Lagazuoi cable car, at an altitude of 2732 metres, was transformed into an art gallery, a high-tech exhibition centre and a laboratory of ideas for the mountains, as well as a model for soft and sustainable tourism. Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti is a place of cultural valorisation that also generates curatorial content, such as the Lagazuoi Winning Ideas Mountain Awards, a competition that highlights materials, technologies, apps and high-tech solutions related to the high mountains, and the Lagazuoi Photo Award, which aims to create an original visual language about the mountains. The barrier-free and energy-independent building houses exhibition rooms, a hall for events and conferences, and a bar with a terrace, making it an ideal venue for events in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a strategic position between Cortina d'Ampezzo and Alta Badia. lagazuoi.it