Cross-country skiing in the highlands around Innsbruck


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The last few laps before sunset – 17:30 ( 21.02.2012 )

Any cross-country skier in the Tirol will tell you that Seefeld and Lake Achen are classic ski areas, and I have often reported on the great Nordic skiing opportunities in the Lüsener Valley. But new to me is the area above Hall: although the cross-country area isn’t huge here, there’s enough to keep you busy for a few hours, and the well-groomed slopes (suitable for both classic and skating styles) are varied and idyllic, guiding you over undulating terrain past farms, lakes and forests:

Click here for a Gnadenwald trail map

Gnadenwald: Amazing views towards the Tux Alps

Gnadenwald: Amazing views towards the Tux Alps

Furthermore, the northern areas opposite are also said to be excellent for cross-country. Tulfes and Rinn are particularly popular with expert skiers, although I’m yet to try their trails myself – when I do, I’ll let you know if the rumours aren’t true!

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