Cross-country skiing in Italy
If you want the mecca of cross-country skiing, then you must make a pilgrimage to the Dolomites. As the largest cross-country ski area in Europe, the Dolomites mountain range in northeast Italy is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to 1300km of flawless cross-country ski trails – that’s 80km more than the number of downhill pistes!
In Val di Fassa you’ll be rewarded with four ski areas that offer vast expanses of snow-covered trails which are the perfect conditions for cross-country skiers, and all grades of difficulty and length.
Whilst the resort of Arabba is enclosed by mountain pass ridges, it’s the gateway to other ski areas, like neighbouring Alta Badia which has a 25km cross country track.
In Corvara, expect to ski through white meadows and airy forests on short trails which are perfect for the classic and skating discipline. Bordering both the Dolomites and South Tyrol regions, this ski resort’s cross country trails have little elevation so are ideal for beginners.
Over on the Italian/Swiss border, Livigno has elevated cross-country skiing areas that stretch up to 40km. You can get easy access to these trails and whatever your experience, the resort includes both easy and technical sections across the valley.
The Milky Way (Via Lattea) is a big draw for cross-country skiers due it being the host of the 2006 Winter Olympics cross-country skiing event. If you want some challenging slopes then head to the resort of Sestrière which is the highest in the Milky Way and situated on the Franco/Italian border.