Fresh is nice. The possibilities that the fresh snow gives to skiers and snowboarders are many. Ski mountaineering first (or split board, variable with the table), the backcountry, the off-track at medium altitudes, and in any case the famous freeride, or skiing off-track, on immaculate slopes, what many consider the real skiing, the purest essence of alpine skiing.
In Alta Valtellina they know it well, for some time has opened the "Managed Paths", paths cleared from the danger of avalanches and periodically monitored by the guides, so they can be traveled safely and independently by free riders and ski mountaineers.
That's not all. Always in the Italian "Little Tibet", after last year number zero edition, on January 14th-17th, 2016 Livigno will host the first edition of the European Freeride Festival, a sportive and cultural mountain event open to all fresh snow lovers. The event, unique in its kind, provides the opportunity to everybody, expert athletes, mountain "enthusiasts" and first-time curious, to test their ability in winter sports with courses, lectures and workshops that will allow to the curious to get closer to the world of free riding in complete safety.
"Free Riding for All" is the motto of the European Freeride Festival, festival that has entered the international scene as a meeting point for skiers, ski mountaineers, snowboarders and telemarkers. A real meeting dedicated to all those who love the mountains outside the "tracks" and who want to learn how to move and have fun on "pristine" slopes in complete safety. It will be the focus on safety one of the main themes of the appointment. But not only: big mountain, back country skiing and steep skiing will live up the four days in Lombardy, including a Fat Bike ride and a flight with the Speed Fly.
In addition, a Video Contest, in which a winner will be declared, will accompany the participants over the four days.
In order to participate, just register on the website Europeanfreeridefestival.com and get the Freeride Pass with which you can participate in all activities, from the video contest to guided hikes, workshops on mountain safety and on the use of ARTVA search systems.
A tip: places are limited and it is good to sign up in advance.