Saturday, December 17, it’s time for La Venosta Criterium. The 36km long-distance race is the third Ski Classics Season XIV event and takes place in Val Venosta, Italy. Here are all the facts you need to know before the weekend.
Photo: Magnus Östh/Ski Classics
La Venosta Criterium has a unique atmosphere. Here are the facts you need to know.
On Saturday, Ski Classics continues with the third event of Season XIV, La Venosta Criterium, taking place in the Venosta Valley in northern Italy and the western part of South Tyrol.
La Venosta Criterium
La Venosta Criterium event is a mass-start race to be completed in several laps, classic technique, and a challenging course. This spectacular race challenges the Pro Tour skiers to the maximum on a demanding course at high altitude in the charming Vallelunga Valley.
The race starts at Melago, where the skiers circle in loops around the highest point at 1900 meters above sea level – Melago Alm, where the event finishes. Melago holds a Sprint checkpoint at 6km and two Climb checkpoints at 20km and 28km into the race, where points can be collected for the Sprint and Climb Competitions, respectively.
Expect many battles on the altitude as the Pro Tour athletes fight for glory in the Ski Classics’ third event of Season XIV.
La Venosta Criterium – Course Map & Profile
La Venosta Criterium – Facts
Date: December 17, 2022
Location: Val Venosta, Italy
Distance: 36km Classic Technique
Start Time: Women 8:15 CET/Men 10:30 CET
Number of SC Sprints: 1
Sprint 1: 6km
Number of SC Climbs: 2
Climb 1: 20km
Climb 2: 28km
Total Ascent: 987m
La Venosta Criterium program, start lists, and live streaming on SC Play can be found HERE.
Fascinating Valley In The South Tyrol
Situated close to the borders of Switzerland and Austria, the valley has always offered cross-country skiing tracks and good snow conditions in early December, giving the Pro Teams an excellent opportunity to get some early season race on snow.
La Venosta is a hidden jewel and offers breathtaking sceneries and South Tyrolian nature at its best. The atmosphere in the area is captive, and before the holiday break, skiers and visitors can check out the surrounding idyllic small towns and local seasonal markets as the event takes place. La Venosta is a perfect place to let the Christmas spirit soak in.
Ski Classics Fantasy
The free-of-charge Fantasy League for Season XIV is up and running. Build your own Fantasy Pro Team and score the most points during the Ski Classics Season XIV.
Login with your existing Fantasy account or create a new one.
Read through “HOW TO PLAY” to ensure you understand all the rules and new features.
Go to “Team Selection” and choose/buy up to 10 athletes using your starting balance of 40.000 Fantasy dollars. Make sure to check out the start lists before each event to ensure that your athletes are on the start line.
Remember to mark one of your athletes as a Team Captain!
Go to “Leagues” and join an existing league or create your own to compete with your friends.
Invite your friends and family to join you for free in an exciting battle for the win!
Have fun, and may the best ski coach win!!
All TV Channels Season XIV
La Venosta Criterium is only one day away, starting on Saturday, December 17. Here is an overview of where you can watch Ski Classics this season:
SVT – Sweden
NRK – Norway
Czech TV – Czech Republic
TVP – Poland
WB Discovery – Finland
Nent Group – Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, UK