Cross Country Skiing in the Vinschgau Valley

Quaint winter paradise

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. 

The Resia Pass Cross-Country Area

The high plateau around the Resia and St. Valentino lakes provides ideal conditions for Nordic skiing. Approximately 22 km of tracks are passing through sunny, snowy fields and sparse woodlands, of particular note are, the 3 Nations Track continuing as far as Nauders and the high-altitude track in Vallelunga, which runs for 15 km through pristine countryside. The Vallelunga high altitude track lies at an altitude of approximately 1,900 meters, thus guaranteeing optimal snow conditions for the duration of the entire winter season.

Most appealing are the cross-country skiing trails in the Vallelunga valley, a side valley of Val Venosta. Nature in its purest state, this is what the solitary Vallelunga with its steep slopes has to offer. The glacier of the Palla Bianca mountain ridge is ideal terrain for those who love high alpine mountaineering and even ice climbing. At the upper end of the Vallelunga, there is the mountain peak of Palla Bianca, located at an altitude of 3,739 m close to the borders of Austria and Italy. What is particularly striking in Vallelunga is a unique rock formation, the so-called “Krampusloch”, which closely resembles a human being. Covered by alga and lichens, its color scheme is likewise impressive.
Although already national and international competitions took place on this diverse, high-altitude trail at a height of 1,912 m, it is still not overrun by cross-country skiers which makes it the perfect hide-away for professionals and amateurs alike. 

Route description
The entrance to the trail is located at the large car park in Melago/Melag. The trail can be used by classic and freestyle cross­country skiers. Refreshments are located close to the car park. Warm up with a hot drink at “Evi's Hittl” tavern. Toilets and a changing room are also available here. The small circular route leads from where the Melager Bach stream joins the Karlinbach stream via a trail back to Melago. The big circular route heads further out of the valley through the forest to Grub. The trail switches to the other side of the valley and returns across sunny meadows back to Melago. Continuing along the northern slope of the valley, the trail leads to the Melager Alm Alpine farm (1,970 m). This is also open in winter and offers you a rest and the hut owner the chance to spoil you with South Tyrolean delicacies.

Prices
Day ticket: € 6,00
Season ticket Venosta Valley: € 70,00

Description to arrive at destination
On the Venosta Valley road SS40 to Graun. Continue on the main road Langtaufers to the parking lot at Melago.