The ski area of Val di Fassa kicks off the season this Saturday (Dec. 3) with an expanded ski area and more than a metre of snow on the upper slopes.

Val di Fassa will be opening a new run at the Catinaccio ski centre and a widened black slope at the Lusia ski area.

The new 500-metre-long red run, starting from the top of the Pian Pecei chairlift, connects two other pistes of medium difficulty: the Pra Martin (two kilometres) and the Thoni (five kilometres).

The existing black Diamme Oro 1 run has been significantly widened, making it approachable for a wider range of skiing abilities. The more difficult stretches have been simplified, although the run has the same length and gradient as before. The Lusia area offers 26 kilometres of trails for all levels: the steep north-facing slopes are suitable for experts, while the trails leading to Bellamonte are south-facing and gentle.

Val di Fassa is made up of nine ski areas and features 227 kilometres of runs served by 80 lifts. The ski area currently has on average 70cm of snow on the upper slopes and 30cm on the lower slopes. The area of Val di Fassa with the most snowfall is Passo di Costalunga-Carezza with 120cm.

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