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Tonight the story of Hannibal and the crossing of the Alps by the Carthaginian army will be performed on the Rettenbach Glacier, Sölden at 3,000m. NEW

On its 16th year, there are to be 500 people taking part in the extravagant performance, including parachutists, ski instructors and actors coming from all corners of Tirol, from the Arlberg Mountains to Kitzbühel.

The event tells the story of the Carthaginian general who is considered one of the greatest military commanders in history.

Starting in the spring of 216 BC, he crossed the Alpine Main Ridge with an army numbered 60,000 infantry, 8,000 cavalry and 37 elephants in just 10 days.

Hannibal's celebrated feat in crossing the Alps with war elephants passed into European legend and is celebrated in Soelden every two years.

Besieged by helicopters, the historical aircraft fleet of the Flying Bulls, snowmobiles, ski instructors, snowcats, dancers, acrobats, paragliders, the B.A.S.E. jumpers of the Red Bull Skydiving Team and a host of other snow-related technology and amazing pyrotechnics.

PlanetSKI was at the show in 2011 - read more here.

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"[The performance] is by no means a spectacle or an end of season bash; it is a real drama with text and music, performing actors, special light effects and amazing pyrotechnics," explained the organiser and initator of the event, 67-year-old Ernst Lorenzi.

The first performance took place in April 2001.

"Actually, we only wanted to perform it once - and now the glacier show has turned into the 'Everyman' of the Alps," Lorenzi explains.

"The biggest challenge at an elevation of 3,000 meters above sea level is of course, nature and the elements. Wind, snow, weather, ... Although the performance of Hannibal is staged at the end of the season, April weather is unpredictable. Fortunately, the weather of Inner Ötztal Valley is influenced by the south-which means it often snows in Innsbruck while in Sölden the sun is shining."

And check out the PlanetSKI video from 2011:


"Up here, nature dictates changes, as the glacier is different every year. Thus, structure and composition are different and new every time we perform Hannibal. We will definitely surprise our audience in 2017 again," Lorenzi said of this year's performance.

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If you want to relive the experiences of Hannibal and the Carthaginian army as they crossed the Alps on their way to Italy 2000 years ago, get your tickets soon - this performance only takes place every two years.

Check out more information on the event and book tickets here.

See here for more enactments of the famous voyage through the mountains: Salzbury to Sölden -

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