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Cross-country skiing in South Tyrol and Tyrol

The enthusiasm for cross-country skiing in South Tyrol and Tyrol is much more than just a trend. The extensive range of small and large trails can be explained primarily by traditional values. Whether we head for a large trail in the holiday regions or focus on the smaller ones, here you will find an overview of the entire cross-country skiing offer in South Tyrol. Choose a region from the list below. The most famous cross-country skiing areas are Ridnaun and Antholz.

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Cross-country skier in North Tyrol
Cross-country skier in North Tyrol - Fischer Sports
Cross-country skier in North Tyrol
Cross-country skier in North Tyrol - Fischer Sports
Cross-country skiing in South Tyrol
Cross-country skiing in South Tyrol - Fischer Sports
Cross-country skiing in South Tyrol
Cross-country skiing in South Tyrol - Fischer Sports

In addition to the Nordic skiing countries of origin, Sweden and Norway, South Tyrol is certainly one of the most exciting cross-country skiing areas in Europe. The trend towards cross-country skiing continues unabated, completely in line with today's desire for a conscious and healthy lifestyle.

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Why cross-country skiing?

Cross-country skiing is a holistic sport, balanced like hardly any other sport. Cross-country skiing uses 90% of the muscles and strengthens balance, coordination, and flexibility. It particularly supports the cardiovascular system and condition, actively preventing cardiovascular diseases. With all this, there is hardly any risk of injury and there is no damaging stress on tendons and joints. In our opinion, the health-promoting aspects of cross-country skiing far outweigh everything else.

Holistic and healthy

Cross-country skiing is also a stress-free and relaxing alternative away from the often dominant hustle and bustle of alpine skiing. All this in the fantastically beautiful winter landscape of South Tyrol, against the impressive backdrop of the snow-covered Dolomites, the three-thousanders of the main Alpine ridge, or the mighty Ortler massif. What could be more delightful than gliding over the snow-covered slopes of South Tyrol under the radiant winter sun?

Whether classic or skating, whether beginner, recreational athlete, or professional - in South Tyrol, everyone can find the ideal trail. Professionally equipped with modern stadium facilities, the cross-country skiing and biathlon centers in Toblach, Antholz, and the Martell Valley are true jewels of cross-country skiing. Fantastic trails can also be found at the Reschen Pass, on the Seiser Alm, and in the Puster Valley. For those who prefer it even more idyllic, Ridnaun or the Sarntal are perfect. It is also peaceful and quiet in the Gsiesertal; here you can often ski undisturbed.

Our tip

Take advantage of the fantastic cross-country skiing offer of the Dolomiti Nordic Ski cross-country skiing association. This unique cross-country skiing paradise offers a total of an incredible 1300 kilometers of trails in the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites, crossing borders all the way to East Tyrol - all with a single trail pass.

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Winter in the holiday region Zugspitzarena (view towards Germany)
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Cross-country skiing in the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena

The cross-country skiing area of the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena is particularly popular with athletes. Numerous skating and cross-country ski tracks provide variety and pure snow fun during the winter season.

Cross-country skier in Seefeld - View towards Inntal
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Cross-country skiing in the Olympic region of Seefeld

The Olympic region of Seefeld has already hosted the Nordic events of the Olympic Winter Games twice (1964 and 1976), and since then the ski area has been one of the top destinations in Nordic winter sports.

Cross-country skiers at Walchsee in Kaiserwinkl
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Cross-country skiing area Kaiserwinkl

The so-called Kaiserwinkl is an idyllic valley nestled between the Geigelstein area in the Chiemgau Alps, and the Kaiser Mountains.

Snowstorm in Wildschönau
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Cross-country skiing area Wildschönau

In the high valley of Wildschönau, things are tranquil and cozy. The available network of cross-country ski trails covers no more than 55 kilometers of slopes, and therefore the region is especially appreciated by beginners and families.

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Martell Cross-Country Skiing Center

Martell, with its unspoiled naturalness, presents itself to the passionate cross-country skier as a first-class cross-country skiing and biathlon center.

Cross-country skiing on the famous Seiser Alm
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Cross-country skiing on the Seiser Alm

The Seiser Alm, known as a hiking paradise in summer, attracts numerous cross-country skiers in winter.

Cross-country ski trails in the Hochpustertal

The Hochpustertal, with its total of 200 km of trails of all levels of difficulty, makes every cross-country skier‘s heart beat faster.

Biathlon in Antholz
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Antholz Biathlon Center

The world-renowned cross-country skiing center of Antholz is the annual venue for international biathlon competitions.

Skier with appropriate equipment
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Accessible skiing and cross-country skiing enjoyment in Tyrol

A physical handicap is no longer an obstacle to sporting activities these days. Not least because of special sports events like the Paralympics and the intensive media coverage about them, the fantastic achievements of athletes with disabilities are well known and recognized by the general public.

Nordic Cruising
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Trend sport Nordic Cruising

Trend sport Nordic Cruising: In recent years, a new trend sport has also developed in cross-country skiing, which is now really booming. This variant of classic cross-country skiing, which builds on the success of Nordic Walking, is called Nordic Cruising.

Cross-country skiing in the Ridnaun Valley
Cross-country skiing in Ridnaun and Racines

At the beginning of December, the cross-country skiing season opens in the holiday paradise of Ratschings-Ridnaun. Cross-country skiing is becoming increasingly popular as it offers a healthy alternative to the often too hectic and noisy mass operations in alpine skiing.

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