Cross-country skiing, © Tirol Werbung / Katharina Poblotzki
Cross-country skiing, © Tirol Werbung / Katharina Poblotzki

Cross-country skiing in Tirol


From the traditional Classic technique to the more modern and dynamic Skating, cross-country skiing is one of the best ways to experience winter in Tirol. The region offers a huge network of well-maintained trails inviting experts and beginners alike to explore the alpine wilderness at their own pace.

Cross-country skiing is one of the healthiest sports out there. Stress on the joints is kept to a minimum, but the dynamic movements demanded by this sport make it excellent training for all the main muscle groups as well as the cardiovascular system. Tirol's cross-country skiing trails offer perfect conditions for skiers of all abilities, from total novices to seasoned pros. Most cross-country skiing areas are open from December, while some of the high-altitude ones such as Obertilliach in East Tirol (very popular with pro skiers keen to get in some early-season training) welcome skiers even from November. These high-altitude locations guarantee fine conditions on the trails well into spring.

Cross-country skiing holidays in Tirol

Plenty of snow, excellent trails, state-of-the-art infrastructure – that is what cross-country skiers can look forward to in Tirol. The regional government has developed its own seal of approval awarded to cross-country skiing spots which meet their exacting criteria. These include Tirol's Top cross-country skiing resorts such as Paznaun-Ischgl, Tannheimer Tal, Nauders-Tiroler Oberland-Kaunertal, Ötztal, Seefeld, Wipptal, Lake Achensee, Kitzbühel Alps, Kaiserwinkl and East Tirol. Each has its own character and highlights – be it high-altitude trails above the clouds, long valleys with charming villages, wide open pastures covered with a thick layer of snow, or simply a wide range of trails catering for all ages and abilities. Tirol's excellent public transport network makes it easy to get around on holiday without the need for a car. When it comes to accommodation, the quality-approved hotels and guesthouses for cross-country skiers in Tirol are located close to the trails and offer everything you need for a fun and enjoyable cross-country skiing adventure. All equipment can be hired on site.

Perfectly groomed trails

Tirol is home to around 4,000 kilometres of perfectly groomed trails – from easy options in the valley to challenging climbs and even high trails on the glaciers at over 2,500 metres above sea level. Most trails can be accessed either free of charge or at a reduced rate by guetscard holders. The larger cross-country skiing resorts offer weekly rates. The regional government's seal of approval is awarded to resorts which meet criteria concerning the range of trails on offer (at least 15 kilometres required) for both beginners and advanced skiers, good snow cover, clear signposting and much more.

Many services available

Tirol's cross-country ski schools and rental centres provide the equipment and skills you need for a fun time out on the trails. The top cross-country resorts offer a range of individual and group lessons. Last but not least, wheelchair users can also get in on the action with adaptive skiing options on offer in several resorts – monitored and checked on a regular basis by Paralympic champion Oliver Anthofer.

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