© Tirol Werbung / Rodler Ilvy
Food & Drink
© Bert Heinzelmeier
© Tirol Werbung / Aichner Bernhard
Arts & Culture
© Tirol Werbung / Moore Casey
© Tirol Werbung / Herbig Hans
© Tirol Werbung / Schwarz Jens
Bits & Pieces
© Tirol Werbung / Neusser Peter
Jagdhausalmen Alpine Pastures, Defereggen, East Tirol, Austria, Europe

Nordic Skiing in Tirol – My Best 8 XC Ski Tracks

Updated on 10.02.2017 in Recommendations

Cross Country Skiing in Seefeld (c) Tirol Werbung
Cross Country Skiing in Seefeld (c) Tirol Werbung

During the last few years, I more and more became a big fan of cross country skiing – I started with the skating technique but over the last two years I found classic is the way to go. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to ski in almost all of Tirol’s Nordic ski centers. So here’s my best of list, my personal top eight of Tirol:

1. Falzthurn – Gramai

And the Oscar goes to… Falzthurn-Gramai XC Ski Track! This 14-kilometer long track has all that makes cross country skiing such a powerful experience. It is the combination of awesome natural beauty, solitude, repetitive motion, physical exertion (the track climbs a nasty 300 vertical meters on 7 kilometers) and, importantly, two wonderful trailside inns, that makes for a tremendous wow moment. Again and again!

2. “Grenzland” Border Area XC Ski Track in Obertilliach

In East Tirol, I fell in love with Obertilliach —there is something extraordinary about the “Grenzland” Border Area XC Ski Track that makes skiing it a truly memorable experience. I guess it’s the amazing mountain scenery and the appeal of skiing along the border to Italy. Moreover, the village of Obertilliach is on top of my list anyway, hard to beat when it comes to rural idyll & peacefulness.

3. Unterleutasch XC Ski Track

In the Leutasch area, my favourite cross country ski track is the one in Unterleutasch. It provides beginners and intermediate skiers with nearly 14 kilometers of well-groomed trail that meanders through an area of awesome natural beauty. The wide open meadows on the base of Ahrnspitze Peak are especially beautiful on a sunny day—you and the sun will be beaming with joy all along the route.

4. Zeinis – Kops XC Ski Track

Last winter I skied a very special high altitude XC ski track for the first time and it took me by storm: The 11.5-kilometer long Zeinis – Kops track in Galtür, a high altitude route that climbs to a 1,500 meter elevation at the end of scenic Paznaun Valley. Since this track sits at a higher elevation, it receives lots of snow and the gorgeous views of the Silvretta Range’s lofty peaks create memories that will stay with you forever. What’s more, Galtür is one of my favourite places in Tirol, too.

5. Silvretta – Bielerhöhe High Altitude XC Ski Track

Another one of my Tirol highlights – in the true sense of the word – is located in Galtür as well, the Silvretta-Bielerhöhe Skier’s Track. The steep climb gains 400 vertical meters and provides a good workout, fortunately, there are many opportunities to catch my breath and scan the horizon. The rewards are great—outstanding views—but they come at a substantial price. Be prepared to work for every view you get :-)

6. Vilsalpsee Lake Loop Route

In Tannheimertal Valley I have fallen for the route leading from Tannheim to Vilsalpsee Lake many years ago. The 13-kilometer long track starts in Tannheim and meanders through the heart of the Vilsalpsee Lake Nature Reserve, taking cross country skiers to the beautiful lake of the same name. The elevation gain of 300 meters adds just enough challenge. And views! Between breaths, I always have to stop to take in glorious vistas.

7. Katzenloch XC Ski Track in Seefeld

Another one of my must-dos in the Seefeld Olympia Region is Katzenloch XC Ski Track. Cruising this nearly 7-kilometer long track rewards with stunning views of Inntal Valley below. Moreover, it passes Ropferstubn Inn that makes a memorable place to take a rest. Don’t miss it!

8. Tschey XC Ski Track

Somewhat off the beaten track is the Tschey XC Ski Track near Pfunds in Tirol Oberland Region—so there are usually relatively few people to share the trail with. This amazingly scenic track showcases the enduring might of nature and winds through the high-lying valley above Pfunds in easy ups and downs. Although prized for its beauty in the summer and fall, I’d say Tschey is equally beautiful in the winter.

World traveller, lover of new experiences, and Tirol aficionado Eckard Speckbacher is out exploring the hidden attractions. He offers insight into places and destinations that are less well known, along with restaurant and hotel recommendations.

Last article from Eckard
Flower-filled meadow in the Hohe Tauern National Park, © Hohe Tauern National Park
Updated on 02.05.2023 in Bits & Pieces
Identifiying Alpine Wild Flowers in Tirol
4 min reading time
Kaunertal Valley has long been the playground of hip snowboarders—and this apartment serves as a stylish basecamp.
Updated on 20.01.2023 in Recommendations
10 Only-in-Tirol Places to Stay
4 min reading time
Frau Naschberger from Reith im Alpbachtal with a pair of her homemade "Doggln" slippers.
Updated on 12.12.2022 in Bits & Pieces
Great Gift Ideas – Top 16 Things to Buy in Tirol
8 min reading time
Goldenes Dachl.
, © Tirol Werbung / George Marshall
Updated on 10.06.2021 in Recommendations
What to see in Innsbruck
3 min reading time
Am Achensee
Updated on 31.01.2019 in Sports
My Top 5 Tirol bike routes for leisure cyclists
3 min reading time
Updated on 09.01.2019 in Sports
Tirol Mountains: 10 Must-See Peaks
5 min reading time
Wildschoenau Oberau
Updated on 01.10.2018 in Food & Drink
Wildschönau Region: Awesome Places to Stay and Dine
7 min reading time
23.01.2023 in Recommendations
My Top 5 Ski Towns in Tirol
3 min reading time
All articles from Eckard
No comments available
Write comment

Keep reading

Go up

Is your inbox in need of a holiday?

Then subscribe to our weekly newsletter full of exclusive holiday tips from Tirol!