Fabrizio Lovati, a professional musher and owner of Grandes Jorasses Adventures (www.dogsledman.com), is the top name in Italian dog sledding.
At the age of thirteen, Fabrizio found his passion for dog sledding, thanks to a neighbour who had imported the first sled dog from the United States. After working with him for a couple of years, Lovati began to compete in national and international event every season.
When he reached adulthood, Fabrizio started taking part in the top European competitions (and the 1100 km ALPIROD in particular) always finishing in the top 15 and winning awards such as Rookie of the Year and Best Sled Dog Driver.
In 2002 Lovati took the top spot on the podium at ALPIRUSH, the first step of the 2002 World Cup.
Lovati came second at PIRENA ’02, the second step of the World Cup, winning third overall place in the European Middle Distance Championship and winning the 2002 IFSS World Cup.
After a trip to Alaska in 2003, Lovati’s team prepared for the 2004 Iditarod, hoping to beat the Italian record, using only his own dogs. Lovati finished the race in 10 days and 22 hours, coming in 28th overall (the best result ever by an Italian musher).
Later, he also took part in the 2006 and 2008 events.
In 2009 he entered the famous 1000-km Finnmarksløpet, the northernmost race in the world.
Since 2010 Lovati has concentrated on managing his new tourist programmes: the company’s success has led to a temporary pause in his racing career, giving him time to set up an organisation capable of handling dog sledding tours in the Val d’Aosta.