The Anterselva Valley is one of the most desirable locations in South Tyrol for those who practice cross-country skiing.
Surrounded by a beautiful nature, this little paradise for cross country skiers offers the best for both beginners and experts: the cross-country tracks, from 20 to 60 km long, excellently and daily prepared, cross the valley and they lead, through romantic snowy woods, over the frozen lake of Antholz, right up to the foot of the Stalle mountain Pass, where you have almost the feeling to touch the tops of the Ries mountains.
Best attraction is the slopes’ network of the "Arena Alto Adige" Biathlon and Cross-Country Center which is very wide, with a choice of different tracks of varying difficulty and length.
The Südtirol Arena is the biathlon stadium of Rasun Anterselva. It is located at the bottom of the Anterselva Valley at a height of 1600 meters, near the lake. The facility has 9000 seats and it was inaugurated in 1971 and since then has regularly hosted a stage of the Biathlon World Cup, as well as five editions of the World Championships and two Juniors World Cups. It features an extensive cross-country and biathlon Center with different paths, renowned abroad too.
With an area of 31,500 hectares, the park is part of one of the most protected areas in Europe. It has the largest number of glaciers of all protected areas in South Tyrol, with a particular assortment of ponds, streams and waterfalls. No shortage of alpine pastures and a diverse flora and fauna. For its originality and beauty, the park is an ideal starting point for hiking and climbing tours.
Alpine lake situated at 1,642 meters in the bottom of the homonymous valley, within the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina natural Park. Surrounded by pine forests and majestic peaks, the basin is the third largest in South Tyrol formed after the barrier due to Anterselva rivers landslides. Around the lake there are some bunkers built for the defense of the Italian territory during the Second World War. Its an important excursion destination especially in summer.
Place with important archaeological remains, ranging from prehistoric times until the Middle Ages. In particular, here there are three historical evidences of the first buildings in the valley, the so-called "three bridges": the first, an arch made of stone, was built in 1847 under the Empire of Ferdinand I of Habsburg; the second, in concrete and steel, was erected in 2008 to improve traffic flow; the third, entirely made of wood, is located below the previous two and it is the oldest, seat of the first 'postal road' of the Puster Valley. Today serves as a path.
Particular marshland natural area, established in 1975, contained inside a so-called biotope, an ecosystem where different species of animals and plants find their protected space. The peat bog has 23 hectares of land and it is the only Italian place where you can find the marshy Malaxis orchid, species in serious danger of extinction.
City of departure: Rasun Anterselva
Departure: Rasun Anterselva
City of arrival: Rasun Anterselva
Arrival: Biathlon - Arena ad Anterselva Alta
Length (Km): 18
Type of Itinerary: Half Day