Why the classic only Marcialonga Ski Marathon is so popular. by Garrott Kuzzy

Posted by Garrott Kuzzy on May 24th 2023

Why the classic only Marcialonga Ski Marathon is so popular. by Garrott Kuzzy

The Marcialonga ski marathon in Italy is one of the most popular events on the annual Worldloppet calendar. The classic-only event attracts thousands of skiers every winter and registration fills within minutes.

What makes this event so popular? The trail winds its way through South Tyrol’s Fassa and Fiemme valleys in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, skiing through the snowy streets where villagers cheer on racers. Each town has its own special atmosphere, whether that’s a local band playing traditional tunes or kids lining up to practice their English. Don’t be surprised if they yell “die, die, die!” -- that’s Italian for “go, go, go!”

Lumi Experiences is an official Tour Operator of the Marcialonga and we have special access to guaranteed entries. The Marcialonga is also the most popular event for our travelers. That’s why we have two trips to this unique event. The Marcialonga & König Ludwig Lauf Trip (limited space available!) and Dolomitenlauf & Marcialonga Trip (already sold out!). Both trips offer the opportunity to ski to Worldloppet events in one 10-day trip.

This winter is sure to be special as the Fiemme Valley (aka Val di Fiemme) prepares to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. You will ski through the future Olympic stadium on the trip and see how the infrastructure is developing in preparation for the next Olympics.

The Marcialonga week also pays tribute to the long cross country ski tradition in northern Italy, showcasing the annual Marcialonga Story event, where skiers dress up in vintage clothes and traditional equipment. You can either watch this festive spectacle or even participate.

The area has also hosted several World Championships and is the final stop for the annual Tour de Ski, where skiers climb 10 grueling km up the Alpe Cermis to finish 1500 feet higher than the start. But don’t worry, the Marcialonga course zips past the base of the climb, so you can see it and have an appreciation for the challenging World Cup course, but still cruise along the river through the undulating trails along the river in the valley.

In addition to great ski trails, Italy is the destination for food lovers. The freshest pasta and perhaps a glass of full-bodied Lagrein red wine are a great way to taste the local culture after a day outside.

Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner Race Director, skied the Marcialonga several years ago and says “The Marcialonga is like no other ski experience in the world. Beautiful valley vistas, welcoming villages of volunteers and a guaranteed artificial snow track make for an unforgettable experience. One highlight was getting a fresh layer of klister and an espresso shot for extra power before the final climb into Cavalese, where we were welcomed by a crowd of cheering spectators.”

Click here to visit LumiExperiences.com or email info@lumiexperiences.com for more information! Click here to sign up for the Marcialonga and Konig Ludwig Lauf Trip.  -- get two Worldloppet passport stamps in one week on this fully-supported trip. Sign up by May 31 for guaranteed entry and a $200 early booking discount in the 51st anniversary of the Marcialonga!

See you on the trail soon,