Cross-Country Skiing in Austria

Cross-country skiing: great for a workout or leisurely cruising

With its numerous cross-country circuits and high cross-country trails, our holiday region offers everything your heart desires amid a magnificent winter landscape. Cross-country skiing is justifiably the ideal winter activity, where a broad spectrum of possibilities lets you focus on a sporty workout or a more relaxed and easy-going experience.

Relax and nurture your health

If you shy away from busy slopes and the ascents and descents of ski touring, cross-country skiing is the perfect alternative. Particularly in Austria and especially in our holiday regions, winter sports enthusiasts will discover a comprehensive network of professionally groomed cross-country trails. It is not only fun, but is also an extremely healthy form of exercise for people of all ages.

In total, the region offers more than 200 km of cross-country skiing trails:

  • Piesendorf:         27 km
  • Niedernsill:         15 km
  • Kaprun:               18 km
  • Zell am See:         40 km
  • Stuhlfelden:        25 km
  • Mittersill:            40 km
  • Gastein:              45 km
  • Maria Alm:          40 km

In addition, there are attractive high altitude cross-country skiing trails at Schmittenhöhe middle station in Zell am See, Kitzsteinhorn high above Kaprun, Sportgastein at Gastein and a 22 km high moorland trail at Pass Thurn.

Cross-country skiing: a fountain of youth!

Cross-country skiing is the ideal complement to running or Nordic Walking in summer. It promotes excellent health for body and soul so that you continue to reap its benefits even after your winter holiday is over. Above 1,000 m, the body’s oxygen supply increases, acting like a fountain of youth, while your cardiovascular system gains from every kilometre skied. For those looking for something to do in the evening, why not choose from several floodlit trails and enjoy an after dark experience? The high altitude trails guarantee cross-country skiing fun into spring.

Culinary highlights from one cross-country ski trail to the next

Be sure to take advantage of the traditional inns dotted at regular intervals along many of the cross-country ski trails. Tank up energy and indulge yourself with one of the many typical Salzburger dishes, warming you inside and replenishing your energy.

Rental stations

Various rental stations in the regional sports shops are available for suitable equipment.


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