The sport with the longest tradition in the valley is cross-country skiing, which has always brought renown to the Val di Zoldo, with several locals taking part in World Championships and Olympic Games and important national and international competitions, and bringing home a host of medals.
The Val di Zoldo and the surrounding areas offer a variety of opportunities both for fans of the discipline and those looking to give it a try.
One example are the Palafavera runs, also with artificial snow since 2017 and the only biathlon facility in the Veneto region, the Centro Fondo Peronaz circuit, just 8 km approx. from Palafavera, and the Cibiana Pass circuit (about 1 km from the village of Forno).
Runs in the Val di Zoldo - The ski tracks of Palafavera
The "Pompeo Fattor" cross-country run in Palafavera is located in the municipality of the Val di Zoldo, at an altitude of 1550 m, among the splendid landscape of the Pelmo and the Civetta. This circuit offers medium-difficulty loops of between 5 and 7.5 km, suitable for cross-country athletes but also for families. The initial stretch is across very sunny, flat ground, which then continues with medium-difficulty uphill and downhill stretches through snow-covered woodland. There is plenty of parking serving the Ski Civetta area (Palafavera ski resort). The run is tested and approved for national competitions. There is also a ticket and information office, changing rooms with toilets and showers, a ski room and a cross-country ski school. In Palafavera there is also a cross-country ski hire service.
Description of the runs:
a) Ski School: green run, 1.3 km;
b) Le Loche: blue run, 3 km;
c) Val dei Spin: red run, 4.5 km – 5.5 km;
d) Black run with Ru del Termen and Col dal Fer variants: 7.5 km
In Val di Zoldo, you’ll also find the Campo runs at an altitude of 845 m, a trail lit all the way for skiing at night (currently open for skiing during the day only), the Pralongo runs at an altitude of 975 m, and a 6 km loop approved for classic technique races, currently closed due to insufficient snowfall.
In Val di Zoldo, you can also find the tracks of Campo at an altitude of 845 m, a circular ski track completely illuminated for the evening skiing (currently closed) and the tracks of Pralongo at an altitude of 975 m, a 6 km, currently closed.
PALAFAVERA: OPEN FROM 23 DECEMBER (2KM)
Skipass: Daily: € 7.00
Weekly: € 30.00
Seasonal: € 70.00
For information: +39 327 0713586
Cross-country skiing rental: Palafavera noleggio attrezzatura e sci di fondo Palafavera - Val di Zoldo BL
Palafavera biathlon center
The new Biathlon Shooting Range was officially inaugurated in the 2014 with the pre-Olympic meeting of the Italian National team (winner of a bronze medal in the medley relay in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics).
Since 2014, the Cross-Country Skiing Centre has also been equipped with a regulation shooting range with 30 positions for biathlon athletes, the only facility of its kind in the province of Belluno and the Veneto Region. The shooting range is designed for the use of a .22 calibre rifle, the regulation weapon for biathlon, either from the ground or standing up, and it is also equipped with manually operated Kurvinen targets; there are also five 10-metre shooting lines for athletes under 15 (who use compressed air rifles with a lower calibre). In 2014, the Biathlon Centre hosted a retreat of the Italian National Biathlon team in preparation for the Sochi Winter Olympics, and almost every year it is chosen to host regional or national competitions.
At the entrance of the Cross Country Ski Centre there is a training ground for beginners; all the tracks of the Palafavera Centre are homologated for national and international competitions. Furthermore, there are a ticket/information office, locker rooms with bathrooms and showers, a ski room and the offices of the Nordic Ski School.
The ski tracks of Passo Cibiana
The “Deona” cross-country run on the Cibiana Pass is located in the municipality of Cibiana. It offers a number of trails: a medium-difficulty, fully lit 2 km loop for those who like to ski at night, as well as medium-difficulty loops of 2-3-4-5 and 7.5 km that run around the Cibiana Pass, initially along the SP 347 provincial road and then through the woods, with many challenging uphill and downhill stretches. Approved for national races.
Ski pass: Daily: € 5.00
Weekly: € 20.00 Seasonal: € 50.00
Night: € 5.00 - open Tuesday until 9.30 pm
The ski tracks in Selva di Cadore
At the foot of Mount Pelmo, at the Aquileia Refuge, is the Peronaz Cross-Country Centre, at an altitude of 1600 m, in the municipality of Selva di Cadore, which offers runs suitable for beginners, with the ski school, and also trails for amateurs and competitive athletes, with routes from 2 to 12 km long. The Centre is equipped with changing rooms, toilets, hire service, repair service and ski storage. Set in a delightful, peaceful landscape, it’s a cross-country skier’s dream.
PERONAZ – Selva di Cadore: OPEN FROM 22 DECEMBER (2-3 KM)
Daily: € 7.00
3 days: € 18.00
Weekly: € 30.00
Seasonal: € 70.00
Cross-country ski instructor and equipment hire on site.