The race

  • Date
  • Distances
  • REgistration Deadlines / Registration Fees
Saturday, 17th December 2022 

Saturday, 17th December 2022 
La Venosta OPEN
Saturday, 17.12.2022
42 km classic technique - Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour
For a request to start on Saturday, send an email to Online registration not possible. 
Saturday, 17.12.2022
34 km classic technique (4 loops) - Visma Ski Classics Challengers
26 km classic technique (3 loops)
La Venosta
17th December 2022
Early Bird / July August & September October November December/Late registrations
34 km EUR 75 / 95 EUR 95 EUR 110 EUR 120 EUR 120 / 130
26 km EUR 55 / 75 EUR 75 EUR 90 EUR 100 EUR 100 / 110
Start and Finish
Start: Melag
Finish: Melago Alm

Start groups / Start times
When you register online you will choose a start group. Please select the start group that matches your level of performance. If you would like to start in the elite start group, you are required to enter your valid FIS-code. You can choose among the following start groups:
Elite Wave – Pro Athletes with an active FIS Code
Wave 1 – Race-experienced skiers (wave 1-3 at Vasaloppet)
Wave 2 – Good skiers (wave 4-6 at Vasaloppet)
Wave 3 – Recreational skiers (wave 7-10 at Vasaloppet)

If there are still start numbers available in a start group, a group change is still possible up to one week before the competition. Send an email to to change your start wave. 
Your start group selection for the 50 km race is preliminary. The event may use the SC ranking to determine start positions and seeding.

What is the SC ranking?
The SC Ranking is the international ranking system for long distance skiing including athletes of both genders and all levels of performance. SC Ranking points are handed out in all Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour and Challengers events which may use the ranking to determine start positions and seeding. Skiers can check their SC ranking by logging in for free to MyPages.

Start times:
Saturday, 17.12.2022: LA VENOSTA CRITERIUM - Pro Tour Event
WOMEN: 8:15 am
MEN: 10:30 am

Saturday, 17.12.2022: LA VENOSTA OPEN - Challengers Event
WOMEN & MEN: 1:00 pm

Start authorisation
To participate in the event, you must be at least 18 years old on the day of the event. Every Italian citizen declares to be in possession of a valid medical certificate as provided for in the rules. This medical certificate must be uploaded at registration or handed in at the latest on the day before the race, that is Friday, December 16, 2022 at the race office.

CT (Classic Technique)
In classical technique competitions, the competitors must use classical technique only (ICR 343.8). In case a participant is using the wrong technique, the Jury will disqualify the athlete. Single or double-skating is not allowed (ICR 310.2.2.5). 

Registration / Payment
The registration to La Venosta is open between the 16th of July 2022 and the 15th of December 2022 23.59 CET at the online registration site - register here. Then, late registrations can be made upon availability at the Race Office until Friday 17th December 2022 5 pm.

How to register online
Create a user account at the registration site. Then fill in the registration form and complete your registration by payment using a credit or debit card.
Important: Italian citizens - must also indicate the number of their FISI card 2021/22 when registering online.
When picking up the start number, the FISI card must be presented. If an Italian citizen does not have a FISI card, then the participant has to fax (+39 0473 63 43 45) or email ( one of the following documents to the OC Team La Venosta within 5 days from the online notification:
- a medical certificate still valid on 17.12.2022 (M.D. 18.02.82), or
- a certificate about the "sporting suitability" still valid on 17.12.2022 according to M.D. dated 24.04.2013, Art. 4 (supplement D - increased cardiovascular activity), issued by a base physician or a sports physician.

Registration fee includes
- Start bib
- A great participant gift
- Transponder (with velcro)
- Sticker to mark your bag
- ID etiquette
- Isotonic drinks
- Refreshment points along the course
- Medical care
- Diploma printout on the Internet

Race cancellation
50% of the participation fee will be refunded if the local organizing committee has to cancel the event more than 24 hours before the start. If the cancellation is made less than 24 hours before the start, the organizer has the right to withhold the fees paid.
Paid fees will not be refunded if the participant is unable to start.

Start list
The start list will be available for inspection shortly.

Bib distribution
Friday, December 16 | 2 -5 pm | cultural house Graun / Curon
Saturday, December 17 | 10 - 12 am | Infopoint at the start-finish area in Melag

Timing / Transponder
Timekeeping is done by SDAM. The chip is a transponder (with Velcro): Please attach to the right ankle and wear throughout the entire race. Without a transponder, there is no time measurement. The transponder must be handed in at the finish. In case of loss of the transponder EUR 100,00 will be charged!

Result service
The first result lists are available immediately after the finish at the info point. The results, sorted by age group, appear immediately after the end of the race on the Internet (results online).

Age classes - Women / Men - CT
Category 1:
M35 to U23 2002 – 1991
F35 to U23 2002 – 1991

Category 2: 
M45 to M55 1992 – 1968
F45 to F55 1992 – 1968

Category 3:
M60 1967 and older
F60 1967 and older

Clothes transport
For environmental reasons, the clothing bags must be requested individually at the start bib distribution. At the start field, the clothing bag must be deposited outside the separations of the starting field. Only closed clothing bags are brought to the distribution position in the finish area. Clothes without a bag are left at the start.

Feeding and waxing service, checkpoints
Feeding stations locations are along the course and in Melag at the start area.
Waxing service will not be provided this year.

Prize money
34 km La Venosta OPEN
Ski Classics Challengers
Total: 2 000 Euro (Men & Women)

1. 500 Euro
2. 200 Euro
3. 120 Euro
4. 70 Euro
5. 60 Euro
6. 50 Euro

Allocation FIS Points
At La Venosta 33 km CT, FIS points will be awarded to the top athletes (see FIS Regulations: 2.6 FIS long distance popular competitions).

Training / Skiing pass
The cross-country ski tracks on the Reschen Pass will be artificially snowed and groomed as soon as possible (in November). On the race weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) no ski pass is required.

Ambulance service
Your own health and safety comes first! According to the latest findings, a separate "safety plan" is prepared and approved by the jury. Therein are the exact responsibilities of the
- ambulance,
- White Cross (ambulances and/or rescue helicopter),
- Mountain rescue Langtaufers,
- the volunteer fire brigade of the municipality of Graun,
- the Carabinieri and
- the street police
The closest hospitals are:
- Krankenhaus Schlanders: 50 km distance Phone: +39 0473 738 111
- Krankenhaus Zams (A): 60 km distance Phone: +43 5442 600

It is located directly in the start/finish area for the following services:
- Return of lost & found objects
- General information

The choice of accommodation is left to the participants themselves. However, we recommend direct contact with the tourist office Reschenpass, Phone: +39 0473 63 31 01 or

Complaints / Protests
Any protests by the participants must be addressed in written form to the jury within one hour after the arrival of the first runner of the respective distance, with an amount of € 50,00 to be enclosed (cash only). In case of acknowledgment of the complaint, the amount will be refunded.
By registering and paying the registration fee, the participant (only ITALIAN citizens) accepts without restriction the preset conditions and confirms that he/she is
- in possession of a valid FISI card, or
- able to present a "sports medical certificate" (M.D. 18.02.82) valid until 17.12.2022, or
- a certificate of "sporting fitness" lt. M.D. dated April 24, 2013, Art. 4 (supplement D-increased cardiovascular activity) issued by a base physician or a sports physician and valid until 17.12.2022.
When picking up the start bib, an identification document must be presented.
The participant is aware that La Venosta requires considerable physical and technical effort. For this reason, each participant must be personally responsible, at the time of entering the race, for being properly prepared and trained and participating in the race at their own risk. In this way, the participant exempts the organizer from any liability for accidents before, during and/or after the event which cause damage to the participant himself, to third parties and/or their property. For the information not contained in these regulations, the standards of the "International Ski Federation FIS" apply.

Data pricacy
By registering, the participant accepts the transfer of his personal data to third parties for processing purposes within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation 2016/679). Details can be found here.

Terms and Conditions
By registering for La Venosta you agree to the terms and conditions. Please read them carefully.