Thomas Trettel was born in Cavalese on December 24 1985 and lives in Ziano di Fiemme in the Province of Trentino. An athlete in the AS Cauriol team, by day he works in a sawmill and by night he wins competitions. When the piste climbs and the pace needs to quicken he becomes unreachable. Competition success is matched post race with the ever popular Trettel liked and respected not just for his qualities as a ski mountaineer. He grew up with Carlo Zanon, his instructor and close friend, and never considered giving up his job to dedicate himself to ski mountaineering simply because he considered it to be a labour of love. Having taken part in the great classics with excellent results, in the night circuits he remains the athlete to beat; an irreplaceable figure of ski mountaineering.