ALPS RESORT with direct trail access
With tips from the Flying Coaches safely tucked away at the back of your mind, you will be able to step from your apartment at Tauernresidence Radstadt straight out onto the XC trail. To be more precise, onto two of a grand total of 38 contiguous cross-country trails in the Salzburger Sportwelt region: The Untertauernloipe (5.5 km, easy) and the Taurachloipe (10.9 km, intermediate) both run right past our Apparthotel with wellness area. Yet another cross-country tip, this time courtesy of Elisabeth, the charming manager of the resort in Radstadt, is the Gnadenalm recreation center. There, at 1350 meters above sea level, you will find trails that are snowy and beautifully maintained, and with a full range of difficulty, including easy, intermediate and expert. The natural snow resulting from the high elevation is further supplemented by snowmaking infrastructure. Use of the trails is free. Guests also have the opportunity to try their hand at biathlon. A cross-country and biathlon school as well as sports shop are available locally.
Glacier Skiing in Springtime
But what to do when the temperatures begin to rise again and cross-country experiences in the valley are no longer possible? Then it's time to head up to the glacier. For example, up to the Dachstein glacier, home to the world's longest glacier cross-country trail. The trails there (at 2700 meters above sea level) are groomed for skating as well as diagonal technique, also highly regarded and frequently used by the XC elite for their own training purposes. The Schladming-Dachstein region as a whole, including the Ramsau Cross-Country Center, is a true paradise for XCers. There's good reason this region hosts so many top Nordic skiing events.
Other glacier trails close to our ALPS RESORTS include the Kitzsteinhorn in Salzburger Land (Tauernsuites Mitterwirt) and Pitztal Glacier in Tyrol (Pitztal Living & Panorama Alpin Pitztal).
Other cross-country highlights close to our ALPS RESORTS
These include, for example, DSV Nordic Aktiv Cross-Country Center St. Englmar-Hirschenstein: 8 different trails, ranging in difficulty, 74 kilometers-long, excite cross-country fans and professionals alike. The gateway to this cross-country trail network is only 1.5 km from Ferienresort Englmar in the Bavarian Forest. By car or ski bus, which you can use for free with your guest card, your cross-country adventures are barely 4 minutes away, points out Benni, our resort manager. The easy Hochwaldloipe (classic, 3.5 km) is perfectly suited for beginners. And once you are done with your cross-country training, you will be able to loosen up those tired muscles in the hot tub or your private sauna.
Just a few steps from Tauernlodges Uttendorf in Salzburger Land, you will discover a floodlit trail with snowmaking capability that runs around the swimming lake in Uttendorf. There are other trails in Uttendorf, too, part of the 200 kilometers-long Pinzga Loipe – as are the 27 km of trails in Piesendorf, not far from Tauernsuites Mitterwirt.
Cross-country skiing is way cooler than you might have first thought, right? Can't wait to slip into your cross-country gear and clock a few laps? In that case, go ahead and send a booking enquiry to your preferred ALPS RESORT. When you arrive, the reception will be able to put you in contact with a cross-country rental store and provide you with trail maps.