Elena Nicolini and the mountains: an ever-lasting union indeed. At 28, she was born and bred in a family where climbing mountains and skiing down steep slopes were the daily bread. She runs the Pedrotti hut in the Brenta Dolomites, together with her dad Franco, her mum Sandra and her brother Federico, spending four months each summer there. In her spare time, she runs and climbs, and her main winter focus is ski touring. She always aims at reaching the best, managing to obtain very good results at a national and international level.