Time and distance from Maso Antenhofer:
snow allowing, at 10 meters from the Maso runs the cross-country ski loop that arrives at the bottom of the Valley
15 minutes - 16Km to Valdaora Anteselva, the closest railway station
the bus stop, next to the Maso, riding the bus is free with the Holiday Pass
5 minutes - 1Km (by car), to the closest ski lift in Anterselva di Mezzo (Riepen Ski length 1600 m. slope for beginners)
20 minutes - 18Km (by car) to the first ski lift (Valdaora) to Plan De Corones
2 minutes - 1 km (by car) to the Biathlon stadium and cross country loops
35 minutes - 33Km (by car) to San Candido
24 minutes - 22Km (by car) to Brunico
18 minutes - 11Km to Austria driving across Passo Stables
32 minutes - 29Km (by car) to Braies Lake
one hour - 60Km (by car) to Cortina d'Ampezzo
Distances and travel times map
Pusteria Valley in South Tyrol Region
Following a slightly arcuate path, the Pusteria Valley (ted. Pustertal) has about 100 kilometers of length from Rio Pusteria to Lienz and includes various valleys at its sides.
Unlike other large valleys in South Tyrol, where there are important connecting roads between North and South, Val Pueteria is extending East - West.
The valley forms a large pit and is located between the impressive chain of the Aurine Alps, with its majestic glaciers to the north, and the jagged peaks of the Dolomites to the South with the stunning mountain called the Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Lavaredo Three Peaks. Along the lower slopes stretch immense forests and alpine pastures.
The Periadriatic line, including the pusterese band, represents the largest geological rift between the Central and Southern Alps.
However, the Pusteria Valley is also an important geographical boundary: the Rienza, the main river of the valley, goes in a westerly direction and flows, after getting the waters of the two tributaries Isarco and Adige, into the Mediterranean Sea. The Drava river instead rises at East of Dobbiaco gap and flows into the Danube that in turn flows into the Black Sea.
The country border with the Eastern Tyrol, an inconspicuous gap, is Prato alla Drava. A new valley in a geographical meaning begins on the Austrian side, but keeps the same name and goes up to Lienz.
The Valley Anterselva
The wind whispers softly among the highest treetops, the timberwork of an old hut creaks quietly. Otherwise, no sounds. Anterselva is a peaceful valley. The wild woods smell of resin, the meadows seduces with a bittersweet aroma. Moors , riparian woods and biotopes, such as biotope Rasner Möser lovingly form the natural landscape of the valley. And higher up, at the limits of the timberline, begins the alpine landscape in its, wonderful wildness. “The boundaries of nature and the boundaries of people”– is the theme of the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park. And indeed it is: the Valle Anterselva is a boundary habitat. It has two meanings: to the North The Stalle Pass is the cross point to the Defreggen Valley in Austria.
The unique natural landscape of the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Natural Park draws, with its high peaks, waterfalls, the 44 hectares of the Anterselva lake and the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites, all the active explorers. In summer many well-marked trekking/hiking paths/trails, from the ones in the wood to those on the rocks, invite you to explore the landscape, either on foot or by mountain bike. In winter the thick snow cover demands to be walked on, with winter boots, snowshoes or skis. The Valle Anterselva remains, however, especially the valley of the cross-country skiing and the biathlon. The Biathlon Center with the stadium Arena Alto Adige at the end of the Anterselva Valley is the venue for the World Cup. When Nations compete with each other and their athletes are measured in physical performance and mental focus, all the stands tremble. And then the Anterselva Valley is not longer so silent.
Anterselva Valley Skiing
The winter vocation of Anterselva Valley is also proved through the sports activities that can be practiced between Rasun di Sotto and Anteselva di Sopra. Natural, quiet, idyllic and easy the track Riepen covers waving slopes and moderately steep among coniferous trees. The track is part of the ski area of Plan de Corones.
Who thinks that the small things can’t offers any comfort, he’s wrong! At the foot of the ski lift there is a ski rental point named "Riepen Ski Rent" that offers much more equipment than what it seems: here they are from the skis for alpine adventures to those for cross-country skiing, from the equipment for snowshoe to the one for tours slide. there is everything!
A small snow park for freestylers and the slope acrobats, a playground for young skiers and a fun undulating piste make the track Riepen a real winter fun park for families. Here also there is a ski school. Wearing the ideal equipment and after exercising the curves of the school tracks you are finally ready to face the "great" Plan de Corones. The eponymous ski area is just around the corner.
Anterselva Valley cross-country skiing
The valley drifts deep into the Vedrette Nature Park of Ries-Aurina, curled up on the Croda Nera sunny sides, the Cima di Pianalto-and the Collaspro. Down on their feet, the cross-country ski trails of Rasun di Sotto wind up their way through the all valley starting from the Lago d’Anterselva-Antholzer to the end of the valley. Region No. 02 of the Dolomiti Nordicski carousel offers 60 km (37 miles) of cross country ski trails: Talloipe, Niederrasner Möser, Rundloipe Biotop, Bärenloipe, Seeloipe, and four other trail loops starting from the Cross Country Skiing and Biathlon Center.
Those ski unskilled may find difficult to choose what to do, but don’t worry, it will be easy to get an help: the different support points offer not only the rental ski equipment, but also give you advices as well as ski lessons. At the Biathlon Center, almost everyone is struck by the temptation to shoot a shot. If, against all expectations, San Pietro and Frau Holle are without snow, then snowmaking machine will provide for flawlessly prepared trails. So nothing stands in the way of a cross country skiing vacation in the enchanted natural landscape of the Anterselva Valley– for beginner or expert skiers.
AnterSelva Valley Mountaineering ski
Beyond the ski slopes, the mountaineering ski tracks are solitary as they goes through places where the snow is untouched. Upwards – because anyone who does mountaineering ski has to earn the descent with sweat and perseverance. It deals with following an ideal line, winding only for the obstacles of the mountain itself. The reward is a breathtaking panorama. The Anterselva Valley, with its small towns and even smaller villages, is embedded deep into the mountains and allows the mountaineering skiers to ascend to every corner of the sky. Every effort takes the skiers almost to touch the clouds on the top of the mountain.
The imposing mountains of the Anterselva Valley and the glacier area of the Vedrette di Ries-Aurina Nature Park are a dreaming region for mountaineering ski enthusiasts. Here the mountains and the fabulous descents belong almost to the skiers. From the easy mountaineering ski tracks of the Passo Stalle (2,050 m/6,726 ft.) to the demanding ones of the Monte di Dentro (2,726 m/8,944 ft.) or to the Croda Rossa (2,818 m/9,245 ft.) – countless mountain summits are waiting, with the feeling of challenge, to be reached even in wintertime.
Anterselva Valley snowshoes hiking
The Anterselva Valley and its small village are excellent places for snowshoeing: snowy woods and meadows create a perfect scenario for the lovers of this outdoor sport. A winter sport away from the ski slopes that is getting more and more popular nowadays. Especially for nature lovers, snowshoes hiking is a unique activity. The quiet woods, the freshness winter air and the closeness of the dodge wild animals turn into a snowshoe excursions into an unforgettable experience.
Snowshoes could be rented locally.
Anterselva Valley Biathlon
Concentrating, even when the heart beats at no less than 180 and it never stops to involve the hand in the up and down of the blood rhythm. Enclosing the whole world just for a moment into a viewfinder! The Biathlon is not only a matter of endurance and strength, but also and above all it needs a strong self – body control. Who would like to try this sport, at least once in life, can do it at any time at the Anterselva Biathlon Center – either attending to a course or only playing for fun with friends.
In every single season the main regional attraction is obviously the yearly Biathlon World Cup. It’s a must! Thousands of fans and a big audience gather from all over the world to fingers cross for their favourite players and to warm up the atmosphere of the stadium and the festive tent. During the day the tribunes are shaking, the dance floors at night. The well-known Biathlon World Cup is in fact much more than a sporting event in the heart of a wild and beautiful breathtaking mountain scenery: it is a real Winter Celebration.
Anterselva Valley sledding.
The Pusteria Valley is popular for its many sled runs. We could consider the Valley the sledding fortress of the South Tyrol. Those who love sledding in the Anterselva Valley will find some beautiful slopes, suitable, in particular, for families with children. Fun is guaranteed even if while going up the slope has an athletic aspect not to be underestimated. Breathing fresh winter air, getting some refreshment with the South Tyrol food specialties and then going down again to the Valley by sled: that’s a perfect sledding day tour!
Anterselva Valley Winter Hiking
The Anterselva is known for its certainty of snow. Anyone who is looking for a winter wonderland will love the Anterselva Valley area. A hike through the fields of Rasun, along the snowy biotope, in a fabulous winter landscape, and meantime breathing healthy winter air, provides the perfect balance to the hectic pace of everyday life and works like a balsamic effect for the soul. The closer you get to the end of the valley, the impressive summits of the Vedrette di Ries seem to be more massive. A stunning scenario!
A winter hike can also be combined with a sledding tour: going up on foot, and down by sled.