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Cross country skiing in the Ausseerland

Join in the over 200 km cross country ski route

The snow crunches, the trees blend in the white splendour, forget the worries of everyday life with the winter sun reflected in your ski tips. The countless beautiful mountains of the Salzkammergut are well known for the finest skiing. But this idyll does not only belong to the many wonderful ski slopes of the region. In recent years, another sport has come out from the shadows of alpine sküng - crosscountry skiing. Anyone who has been to the Blaa Alm, an idyllic low lying meadow between Altaussee and Bad Ischl, and done a couple of rounds on a pair of cross country skis, knows why. It is a unique natural experience. And the Blaa Alm is, as part of the 220km cross-country trails in the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut region, just one of the many cross-country skiing destinations between the 67 lakes in the heart of Austria. Enjoying a worldwide comeback this all-round healthy sport is a popular pastime for young and old, and the Salzkammergut, with over 700km of cross-country trails, is attracting the attention of cross-country skiers.

Through mountain and valley

The 700km of cross country trails are spread high and low across the whole of the wonderful Salzkammergut region. High-altitude trails, from the Tauplitzalm to the Postalm, attract well known teams such as the German national team in the late autumn for training. They are snow-sure, and offer possibilities for all levels of athlete. By far the greater part of the trails are located in the sunny valleys. Between lakes and mountains, along well known footpaths, past meadows. Cross country skiers of all ages will find their own personal favourites. At the same time, the trails are cleverly laid out so that you can reach remote areas which are not possible in the summer. But that is not all. The trails are dotted with cosy mountain huts that invite you to rest and linger.

Rest in the sun

lt does not matter whether you ski in Bad Goisern, in the beautiful Almtal, or in the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut region, or if you skate along by Lake Wolfgangsee, or Lake Attersee, after the enjoyable time spent in the fresh air you will need to get your energy back. Choose from wine bars, inns and traditional small huts, and feast on native delicacies such blueberry gnocchi, kaiserschmarrn (chopped-up pancake) or Styrian cheese doughnuts. The perfect interaction of body, mind and soul. A sporting experience for all the senses.

Book your adventure now!

Whether you’re a beginning or an experienced skier, the multi-page web portal of the holiday region Dachstein Salzkammergut (,, and offers a wide variety of resources including information about skiing, accommodations, and other news concerning winter sports in the world heritage region. Endless kilometres of ski slopes await discovery in the family-friendly ski regions of Dachstein West in Gosau and the Freeride Arena on the Krippenstein in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt. For weekend excursions or unforgettable week-long adventures in snow, you’ll find the most beautiful hotels, holiday apartments and bed & breakfasts in our extensive accommodations registry. Book your holiday now—get out there and enjoy the winter paradise of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.

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