It all started with the legendary gold medal of Franco Nones (from Castello di Fiemme), in the 30 km event at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble: an amazing result which marks a turning point in the world of cross-country skiing, until then undisputed reign of the Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Russian athletes.
Thanks to this incredible result and mainly to his work and pioneering vision of tourism, Franco Nones shared with other brilliant businessmen and athletes the idea of Marcialonga, a cross country skiing competition in the Fiemme and Fassa valleys, which took place for the first time in 1971. Since then, this race represents the most important and famous cross country ski competition in Italy, and the second one in the world after Vasaloppet.
A couple of years later, in 1983, another cross-country skiing event was created, the Trofeo Topolino (Mickey Mouse Trophy), now recognised as Skiri Trophy. This is an international youth cross-country skiing event which attracts more than a thousand children and teenagers from all over the world. It takes place the weekend before the famous Marcialonga.
At the end of the 1980s, thanks to the enormous interest in cross-country skiing in Val di Fiemme, the idea of becoming a candidate for the FIS Nordic Skiing World Championships was born.
The FIS Nordic Ski World Championships 1991 are then assigned to Val di Fiemme: it is the first time that this event takes place in an area south of the Alps (the Trentino region), in the mediterranean area of Europe, “where during summer the lemon trees bloom and the olive trees prosper”, quoting the president of the Organising Committee at that time, Giorgio Tononi.
Since then, the valley has never stopped. The first FIS World Cup took place in 1990. To date, the international races organized in Val di Fiemme have exceeded 400.
1991, 2003 and 2013 are the three editions of the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships organized in Val di Fiemme, to which are added the Junior & U23 Fiemme 2014 World Championships and the Roller Ski World Championships in 2015 and in 2021.
Val di Fiemme was a big protagonist in the organization of the 2013 Trentino Winter Universiade, hosting not only the nordic disciplines (cross-country skiing, special jumping, Nordic combined), but also biathlon, figure skating and hockey.
Since the first edition in 2006/2007, Val di Fiemme has been the only location to always be present in the calendar of the FIS Tour de Ski, the famous stage event of the FIS Cross-Country Skiing World Cup. What makes the Tour de Ski so special and unique is certainly the legendary Final Climb of Alpe Cermis, which is still the most watched Cross-Country Skiing World Cup race on TV after 18 years.
Another great success that rewards our great experience in Nordic Skiing is represented by the assignment of the 2026 Winter Olympics to Milano-Cortina. Val di Fiemme, in fact, with the Cross-Country stadium in Lago di Tesero and the Ski Jumping in Predazzo, will be the Host Venue for the Nordic disciplines (Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping) as well as for the cross-country and biathlon during the Paralympics.
A dream that has become reality for the entire community of Val di Fiemme, a valley that has believed in the great importance of winter sports since the 1970s, investing time, energy and money. A valley that has responded from the beginning on every occasion, with all the local institutions, the municipal administrations, the sports groups - primarily the Fiamme Gialle and the Fiamme Oro - the local sports clubs and finally, the volunteers, an army of over 1000 people who dedicate their free time with great passion and efficiency to the success of small and big sporting events in Val di Fiemme.
With the awarding of the Olympics, Val di Fiemme becomes the only location of the nordic skiing circuit, together with Oslo and Sapporo, to have hosted all the most important events of cross-country skiing: Olympics, World Championships and World Cup.