Media Guide

The first edition of the long distance cross-country skiing event La Venosta will be held on the 14th of December 2019 in Val Venosta, South Tyrol, Italy. The organisation has limited the amount of participants to 500 people in the first year. In addition, approximately 250 Visma Ski Classics Pro Team athletes will start at the event. The Local Organizing Committee expects participants from over 25 different countries to take part in this event as it is part of the Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour with 45 km in classic technique for Pro Team athletes and 30 km in classic technique for amateurs. All Visma Ski Classics races are broadcasted in more than 70 countries and have over 20 million viewers.

Media contacts

Event Manager
Evelin Thöni

Event Organizer
Ferienregion Reschenpass
Gerald Burger

Visma Ski Classics Press Contact

Press access and accreditation

Press officials can request press access and the press accreditation is handed out at the Race office.
Please send your request to
Please note that special permission is required to enter the finish line at the Visma Ski Classics race. Send your request to

La Venosta 2019

La Venosta 2019 will offer one distance: 30 km in classic technique. When registering, participants have the possibility to request to start in the Elite Wave with Visma Ski Classics Pro Team athletes which will use the same course but ski a total of 45 km. Participation registrations are made online until the 10th of December and late registrations can be made on sight (details will follow). Start for the 30 km and also 45 km race will be in Kapron, while the finish for both will be in Melago.

Race course

Beginning from the start in Kapron participants are already challenged by a longer slight uphill section to the highest point on the course, Melago Alm (1,970 m). From there, they will circle around the scenic Vallelunga valley before crossing the finish line after 30 km or 45 km in the picturesque village Melago.

Starting times

Elite women (45km) 09:00
Elite men (45km) 10:30
All other participants (30 km) 12:00

Flower ceremony and prize giving

Approximately 30 min after the three first men and women have crossed the finish line, the flower ceremony and prize giving ceremony will be held on the balcony of the Visma Ski Classics trailer at the finish area in Melago.  


Due to the fact that the race takes place in a narrow valley, there will be no parking available neither in Kapron at the start area nor in Melago at the finish area.
A big parking space will be provided in Graun/Curon from where shuttle busses will bring the participants, service staff and spectators to the start area in Kapron and back from the finish area in Melago. 
Detailed information will follow.

Interviews with Pro Team athletes

Please send your request about pro team athlete interviews to one day before the event at the latest.

Visma Ski Classics

SKI CLASSICS is the long distance ski championship consisting of the eleven most traditional and prestigious ski events in the world. The tour is produced for media with helicopters and snowmobiles. The long distance ski races are all 42 km or more. They are unique winter events combining elite skiers of pro teams with a huge mass of amateur skiers through picturesque landscapes around Europe. In each race there are between 5000 – 18000 skiers on the start line at once.

Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour Season X 2019-2020

Nr Date Event Location
1 November 29th Livigno Pro Team Tempo Livigno, Italy
2 December 1st Livigno Prologue Livigno, Italy
3 December 14th La Venosta Val Venosta, Italy
4 January 11th Kaiser Maximilian Lauf Seefeld, Austria
5 January 18th La Diagonela Engadin Zuoz, Switzerland
6 January 26th Marcialonga Trentino, Italy
7 February 1st Toblach-Cortina Toblach-Cortina, Italy
8 February 9th Jizerská Padesátka Bedrichov, Czech Republic
9 March 1st  Vasaloppet Sälen-Mora, Sweden
10 March 21st Birkebeinerrennet Rena-Lillehammer, Norway
11 March 28th Reistadløpet
Setermoen-Bardufoss, Norway
12 April 4th Ylläs-Levi Ylläs-Levi, Finland
Read more here.

Culture region Val Venosta

In the west of South Tyrol, the Val Venosta stretches from Naturno near Merano to the Passo Resia where the Adige river rises, from apple orchards to glaciers, on a length of about 80 km.
Hardly could a holiday destination be more varied than the Val Venosta. Apple orchards and apricot trees on the one side, rough mountain peaks and glaciers on the other side, the most famous of which is of course King Ortles (3,905 m).
No matter if you plan to go on a journey of discovery through the Stelvio national park, a walk along the centuries-old Waalweg trails along ancient irrigation canals, a coffee in one of the historic villages of the valley or a visit to the Monte Maria monastery - the choice is yours.

Unique about the region are the snow-sure skiing areas in quiet alpine valleys, far away from hustle and bustle that complete the offer in the winter season. Val Venosta has many cross-country skiing trails and scenic routes to offer for both classic cross-country skiing and skating for Nordic skiing fans. Easy and pleasant trails lead through quiet and idyllic valleys such as Val Martello or around the Resia Lake and San Valentino Lake, making this an authentic experience of nature. There are more challenging high-Alpine cross-country skiing trails in the Ortler region and the Stelvio National Park as well as in Slingia, Vallelunga and in the nearby Val Müstair (Switzerland). All together you can find 109 km of cross-country skiing trails in Val Venosta.

Read more here.