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A valley whose heart beats for the biathlon

The Antholz Valley encompasses a wide range of history, tradition and sports. Here, the native language is German and the local community is proud of its traditions and roots, living in contact with nature amid the mountains of Alto Adige - Südtirol.

The Antholzer See is one of the largest mountain lakes in the region. Situated at 1,642m above sea level, it is found at the end of the valley not far from the Austrian-Italian border at the foot of the Staller Saddle. It is surrounded by the imposing peaks of the Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park, boasting the highest number of glaciers among the seven natural parks of Alto Adige - Südtirol.

The Biathlon is an essential part of the Antholz Valley, globally recognised as a centre of excellence for the sport. Since 1971, Antholz has been making biathlon history. That year, the first international biathlon competition was held under the direction of Paul Zingerle, a hotelier from Anterselva, marking the culmination of collective, pioneering, and visionary passion. Zingerle had cross-country ski trails laid out and set up shooting ranges at Lake Antholzer. It was a success, and the first Biathlon World Championships took place in 1975.

Since then, Antholz hosts the IBU Biathlon World Cup every January. A colourful group of people gathers in this magnificent and remote corner of the Alps, tens of thousands of fans and spectators come from all over the world to root for their favourites. This past and present make Antholz the perfect place to host the future Olympic biathlon competitions of Milano Cortina 2026.

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Discover the history, curiosities and rules of the competitions planned for Anterselva/Antholz

Olympic Winter Sports


People of Anterselva/Antholz

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Aerial view of the Anterselva Biathlon Arena
Anterselva Biathlon Arena


The Anterselva Biathlon Arena (Südtirol Arena) is a gem in the Dolomites. One of the most famous winter sports centres in the world, it has hosted six World Championships (1975, 1976, 1983, 1994, 2007 and 2020). Since 1978, it has hosted the IBU Biathlon World Cup every January. The Anterselva Valley is a perfect destination for cross-country skiing enthusiasts, who can train on 60km of tracks of varying levels. The tracks are also open in summer for roller skiing or high-altitude training.

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