The winter season always begins in the province of Sondrio. In Livigno it will be possible to ski in advance given the opening of the cross-country ring from October 13th thanks to the particular technique of snowfarming, which allows the preservation of snow during the summer (220,000 cubic meters of snow stored – important numbers that exceed even those of last year).
The Livigno Tourist Association wants to open the first 3.5 km of trail in order to make it possible for cross-country skiers to enjoy great freedom on Saturday and Sunday. Starting from Monday 15th October, the trail will be open with some limitations in the morning: from 8 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. for professional athletes, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. for 2nd level teams and from 12.30 p.m. onwards for the public.
From 20th October, the Italian Cross-country skiing team will also be in Livigno with the following athletes: the 'star' Federico Pellegrino, Francesco De Fabiani, Maicol Rastelli, Mirco Bertolina, Elisa Brocard, Ilaria Debertolis, Lucia Scardoni, Greta Laurent, Dietmar Noeckler, Giandomenico Salvadori, Stefan Zelger, Caterina Ganz, Anna Comarella, Sara Pellegrini and the coaches Marco Selle and Paolo Riva together with all the technical staff composed of ski men, physiotherapists and doctors of the Italian team.
With regard to long distances, Livigno will also host the first stage of the Visma Ski Classics on Friday 30th November and Sunday 2nd December. Between the two challenges, for Saturday 1st December is scheduled the "Sgambeda", a race in free technique reserved for amateurs.