Situated at a right angle to Val Pusteria and parallel to Valle Aurina, the Valley of Anterselva starts at the town of Valdaora and rises to the Stalle Pass (2.052 metres) on the border with Austria, with the peaks overlooking the valley exceeding three thousand metres in height to the joy of expert mountain climbers who wish to tackle these challenging slopes.
In the valley one finds the towns and villages of Rasun Anterselva, Rasun di Sopra, Anterselva di Sotto (Below), di Mezzo (In the middle) and di Sopra (Above), villages set in the surrounding meadows and forests. In winter the major attraction is cross-country skiing on slopes that offer all grades of difficulty, but the biathlon comprising cross-country skiing and archery has recently become popular, the Biathlon World Cup having been held in 2007. On Fridays until 18 March “Amateur Biathlon Races ” are being held for guests and tourists, while on Wednesdays until 23 March, excursions with ski poles are being organised for hikers as an alternative to skiing.
The valley borders on the Nature Reserve of Vedrette of Ries-Aurina, a scenic jewel in which Nature reveals itself at its best. Dominated by the Collalto and Collaspro glaciers, in winter the countryside transforms itself into glistening white glaciers and forests covered in snow, while in summer rushing torrents, alpine lakes and a busy network of footpaths offer endless opportunities for hikers.
At the foot of the the two gigantic peaks of Vedrette di Ries, which proudly tower over the valley at a height of over three thousand metres, is the intense blue of Lake Anterselva, the third biggest natural lake in Alto Adige. For the past seven years, nature lovers have been able to enjoy the educational walk where each stops is designed to illustrate the most important geological features of the region as well as the most important plants etc.
In winter,on the other hand, the most activity is skiing. Plan de Corones, a few kilometres from Anterselva, transforms itself into a massive skiing area with over 30 ski slopes able to meet the needs of even the most demanding skiers and snowboarders.