Cross Country Skiing in Val di Fassa, Canazei, Trentino-South Tyrol Italy

Marcialonga Cross Country Race:
Every last Sunday of January
Alochet Cross Counrty Skiing Center:
1800m/5905ft asl
Arabba ski area:
1601m/5252ft asl
Trentino – Alto Adige region, in northern Italy, is considered to be the home place of cross country skiing and not without a good reason.

Every last Sunday of January the most important race is held in Val di Fassa the ‘’Marcialonga’’, with the exception of the Olympic Games. Since 1971, when first time was held the event, every year the international cross country ski panorama is anxiously awaiting this significant competition.

The race covers 70 km/43.5 mi of challenging rings. It starts at Moena and ends in Cavalese passing through Canazei. There is a lighter version which covers only 45 km/28 mi. The Marcialonga Light starts as well in Moena, ending in Predazzo. The participation is very high, reaching up to 7000 – 8000 athletes, especially from the Scandinavian Peninsula. In Val di Fassa operates the Cross Country Skiing Center in Alochet, a very famous of its kind and goes till San Pellegrino Lake. South-eastern from Val di Fassa, in Val di Fiemme is situated Lago di Tesero, the birthplace of cross country skiing in Italy.

Tesero was the host city of the World Cup of Cross Country Ski two times in 1991 and in 2003 and will host it again in 2013. The Center offers 18 km/11 mi of trails in excellent snow conditions. Nearby, the Passo Lavaze offers about 80 km/49.7 mi of rings for any level of difficulty.  As well in Folgaria, in Val di Biois and in many other areas very modern cross country skiing facilities offer the possibility to the fans for unforgettable experiences. If cross country ski is your passion, your destination is Trentino – Alto Adige!!