Track description

1,3 kilometers of distance and 780 vertical meters in 4’261 steps.

The 4’261 steps of the route follow cable car rails and water pipelines leading to a hydroelectric power station. The average slope is 71%, with a maximum slope of 89%!

Refreshment station is located at the top cable car station.

The route is marked and secured with trained mountain rescue personnel.

Descent to departure area is done individually by marked paths or cable car free run when the race is finished.

Spectators are advised to watch the race either from the start, from the road in one of the several places where it crosses the route, or the area of the top cable-car station.

The event takes place at the base of the Ritom funicular railway in Quinto, Ticino and its surrounding area.


7:00 – 9:00
Bibs distribution

Bibs are distributed only in the race village on the day of the race. Bibs will not be sent in advance by post.

Please let us know beforehand if someone else will be picking up your bib and race packet for you.

Backpack transportation

Runners’ backpacks transportation to the finish line area

Race briefing

Attendance is mandatory. No briefing, no party.

Race begins

First runner starts, followed by the next in 45 second intervals

End of race

Last runner reaches the finish

Award ceremony

Rules & Regulations


It is strictly forbidden to get on the race track any time of the year, except as part of the race! Failing to comply with this request will lead to an immediate disqualification of the identified athletes and thus to a prohibition to start the race; complaints will not be accepted. The owner and the managing company of the structures are declining any responsibility in case of accidents resulting from not respecting of this rule.

Records & Limits






By car

Motorway A2 (E35). From the south take the exit 42-Quinto towards Quinto/Ambri-Piotta/Rodi/Dalpe. From the north take the exit 41-Airolo. Follow the signs towards the Ritom cable car. Please try to share cars as parking is limited.

By train or bus

Please consult – the closest train station is Ambri-Piotta (approx. 1,5 km from the venue), and the closest bus stop is Piotta, Nord.

By plane

The closest airports are Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) or Milano Malpensa, Italy (MXP).

Nearby places to stay


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An event like Stairways to Heaven would not be possible at all without the irreplaceable help given by volunteers. Starting on Friday and until Saturday evening we must organize every detail and make sure the safety is guaranteed throughout the race, runners fed, awards ceremony ready, photos taken and much more.

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