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Winter Wilderness? Cross-country skiing in Europe

Photo: Bavaria, Germany
Dec 14, 2020

Untouched hills, crisp fresh snow and quiet solitude – the cross-country skiing not only rewards your stamina and muscles, but can also nicely free your mind and is good for your soul. Moreover, as a mostly lift-independent alternative to alpine skiing, cross-country skiing trails offer winter sports enjoyment for you during the pending Corona pandemic.

Skimondo knows the most beautiful cross-country trails, ski touring routes and locations in Europe for perfect fitness training and those who really want to do kilometers. You and your families will for sure find the right trail among the cross-country skiing regions of the Alps. No matter if you are a classic cross-country skier or a skater. If you are drawn further afield, you should likewise take a look at the far north, the birthplace of Nordic sports! In the wintry expanse you will find there excellent cross-country skiing spots almost everywhere.

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Enjoy the most beautiful trails and ski touring routes in Europe

Top hot spots for cross-country skiing in Europe

As much as two million winter sports enthusiasts loving the cross-country skiing are out and about in Germany alone on extremely varied and very different slopes. Austria is bursting at the seams with its extensive network of perfectly prepared trails and Switzerland scores with crazy panoramas with over 5,500 fascinating kilometers of cross-country trails. The world of the Dolomites or the French Pyrenees make ski tours possible in front of dramatic rock formations and bizarre mountain scenery. Skimondo introduces some of the top cross-country skiing resorts:

Dolomiti Nordic Ski: 1,300 kilometers of cross-country trails in 11 regions - blessed with grandiose panoramas!

South Tyrol: Cross-country skiing in the Three Peaks (Drei Zinnen) region in the Dolomites

The Italian Dolomites region Three Peaks is the attractive and varied cross-country skiing area in South Tyrol. Challenging World Cup trails can be found alongside relaxing panoramic routes. As part of the UNESCO World Heritage, the region is blessed with grandiose panoramas, which can be admired on the 1,300 kilometers of cross-country trails in the 11 regions of the Dolomiti Nordic Ski, Europe's largest cross-country skiing carousel

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The charming Plätzwiese high plateau in the Braies (Pragser) Valley IDM Südtirol: Manuel Kottersteger

On perfect trails from 70 km to 200 km long, with the levels of difficulty blue, red and black, and with elevation difference from 0 to 574 meters in altitude, skaters and cross-country skiers are guaranteed to find their dream trail. You can for example pick up a 16.8-kilometer long beautiful loop that starts in the Dobbiaco cross-country stadium and runs through the entire Höhlenstein valley. The infrastructure on the trails is truly great, the daily maintenance is optimal, classic cross-country and skating trails alternate and the signs on the trails with kilometer information are perfectly distributed.

In addition to cross-country trails, you can experience beautiful sunny slopes & challenging ski resorts while skiing in Italy.

Leogang Saalfelden in Austria: your first-class cross-country skiing experience

Snow is guaranteed! – this is how the Leogang Saalfelden and Hochfilzen ski region advertise. It is not for nothing that it is a member of the "Cross-Country Skiing & Nordic Fitness in Austria" organization, known for its extensive and perfectly groomed network of slopes. 150 trail kilometers challenge equally beginners and experts. The Hochfilzen World Cup Center is right around the corner. Beginners and less advanced skiers can look forward to the cross-country skiing camp that takes place every February in the Nordic Park Saalfelden Leogang. The entire area offers the full cross-country skiing power for skaters and cross-country skiers of all demands and styles who want to do something good for their health this winter in front of a fantastic winter landscape, with good connections to the neighboring towns of Maria Alm, Zell am See and Hochfilzen!

In the mood for powder snow & speed: More ski resorts for skiing in Austria can be found in our special Snow Story!

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150 km of well-maintained tracks are waiting for you in Saalfelden Leogang Saalfelden Leogang Touristik

Black Forest: Nordic dream in Germany with 2,000 km of cross-country trails

2,000 km of cross-country trails – that is a strong statement from Germany, namely from the Black Forest, to all fans of Nordic sports! Around Freudenstadt you can explore 100 km of groomed trails and long-distance hiking trails leading from Kniebis to Hinterzarten with dreamy views of the Rhine plain. The sports in its most original form can continue to be practiced at night on many illuminated night trails, too.

The Bavarian Forest enables cross-country skiing into the Bohemian Forest or Oberhof in the Thuringian Forest, which hosts the biathlon World Cup every year and offers (nearly) guaranteed snow for cross-country skiing or skating.

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Cross-country skiing offers time to free your mind Simon Berger

Under spruce trees in Slovenia: trails on the Pokljuka plateau

It is not the largest cross-country skiing region, but a special one. The Pokljuka plateau in Slovenia is about 20 kilometers long and just as wide. It is located at 1,300 meters above sea level and offers perfect winter sports conditions from late autumn to the end of March. The landscape of spruce forests, moorland and high mountain pastures with a view of the Julian Alps is more than appealing. The most extensive network of cross-country trails can be found near the Triglav biathlon sports center, with more than 30 kilometers of groomed and well-maintained trails.

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Spectacular: the network of trails for cross-country skiers in Flims Laax Falera in Switzerland

Sporty skaters can warm up: 60 kilometers of skating trails lie at their feet in Flims Laax Falera in Switzerland. The nicely varied network of cross-country trails with 62 kilometers is running through the nature on flawless-groomed trails. For instance, a nearly 9-kilometer hilly circular trail meanders through the Flims Forest – firstly with a fantastic view of the mountains of Graubünden, then later with a spectacular view of the Rhine Gorge.

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Cross-country skiing with fantastic views in Switzerland Sepp Rutz

Norway: Nordic skiing in the Nordic winter

Skaters and cross-country skiers will forget the time on perfect cross-country ski trails in unspoilt expanse – in the wilderness of Norway, the cradle of Nordic sports. It has been said that people in the Nordic countries have been using skis for 5,000 years, and Nordic skiing is still the absolute favorite pastime of Norwegians and is considered Norway's national sport! For ambitious cross-country skiers, cross-country skiing in Norway should be a longing destination just because of the Scandinavian vastness and tranquility.

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Unique experience in Norway Stein Egil Liland

Our favorite: The Myrkdalen ski area, which is close to the Stølsheimen nature reserve, just an hour and a half from Bergen. On over 100 kilometers of cross-country trails, some of which are unprepared, you can feel the roughness of the Nordic nature – between the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjord. An absolute plus point: When it comes to guaranteed snow conditions, you can always rely on the white and frosty Myrkdalen.

Fans of classic skating will be happy on the 120 kilometers of cross-country trails in Hemsedal, Norway's second largest ski area. The cross-country skier moves on mostly comfortable trails through the impressive panorama of the Scandinavian mountains. Options available: there is a longer and shorter alternative to choose from in almost every route here – the majority of the trails, however, provide enjoyable gliding in the so-called Scandinavian Alps in predominantly easy terrain.

Have you already explored Nordic ski slopes? Face the Wild while skiing in Scandinavia & Iceland!


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