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Winter magic at Lake Achen in Austria – a paradise for cross-country skiers

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Winter magic at Lake Achen in Austria – a paradise for cross-country skiers

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Discover the Lake Achen region of Austria on your cross-country skis! There are more than 200 kilometres (124 miles) of cross-country ski runs around the lake, which is the largest in Tyrol region. Sandwiched between the majestic Rofan and Karwendel mountain ranges, the beautiful area is one of the most popular cross-country skiing locations in Tyrol. The routes are very varied. The landscape changes between the gentle lakeside and steep valleys of the Karwendel, where you’ll find some challenging ascents and descents. The cross-country ski trails have been awarded the Tyrolean cross-country ski trail seal of approval consistently for years.

On 20 December 2020, the region kicks off its season with a grand cross-country skiing opening. At the Alpen Caravan Park Achensee in Achenkirch, you can expect technical courses and workshops for beginners and advanced skiers as well as kit tests and a trial biathlon. You can also look forward to the Lake Achen 3-Valley-Run which takes place at the end of February and the Lake Achen Cross-Country Ski Camp in January. In this Collection, we present the most beautiful cross-country trails, alpine inns, and interesting events at the lake. There’s something for everyone!

One great feature of Achensee’s cross-country trails is the separate tracks for classic cross-country skiers and skaters at all levels of difficulty. This ensures you can really enjoy your time. Snowfall is also not a problem here as many of the trails are covered with artificial snow when there isn’t enough. Extensive signposting and handy trail maps ensure you can easily find your way around. Have a look at the weather forecast and cross-country trail information online before you set off.

As well as the beautiful scenery, cross-country skiers will find plenty of things to do at Lake Achensee. In Pertisau village, you can use the practice track to get comfortable on the narrow cross-country skis if it’s your first time. Here, you can get the hang of the cross-country step and get used to the equipment. There are seven cross-country skiing schools in the region. For more information, see: achensee.com/service/reiseinfos/a-z/?search=langlaufschulen

There are also barrier-free trails that can be used by wheelchair users in cross-country sleds. Pertisau, Maurach and Achenkirch have access-friendly cross-country trails. There is also a designated dog track at Lake Achen, where dogs are allowed to accompany their masters and mistresses.

To ensure you have a great holiday, the Tyrolean cross-country ski specialists are on hand.
They are responsible for the maintenance of the entire cross-country trail network and keep the trails in great condition. You can find their accommodation recommendations as well as more information about travelling to Lake Achen, here: achensee.com/aktivurlaub/winterurlaub/langlaufurlaub/tiroler-langlaufspezialisten

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Tours & Highlights

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    Guffertloipe

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    On the moderately difficult cross-country ski run between Achenkirch and Steinberg am Achensee in Tyrol, you will feel particularly comfortable if you prefer it to be quiet and idyllic. You glide over snow-covered meadows and through forests, while your eyes wander to the surrounding mountains of the Karwendel and Rofan mountains. On the demanding tour, you cover a total of nine kilometers, 140 meters in altitude on the ascent and 185 meters on the descent.

    The starting points of the cross-country ski trail are at Almgasthaus Huber in Achenkirch or, alternatively, at Gasthof Waldhäusl in Steinberg am Rofan - and of course perfect places to stop for refreshments and warm up. If you want to extend the route, you can combine it after four kilometers with the challenging Pulverer Mahd trail. Apart from a short ascent in the last third, this leads gently down to the village of Achenkirch.

    You can park your car at the Steinberg cross-country skiing center or the Wies car park. You can also travel there without any problems using public transport. Take the train to Jenbach station and from there you can take the bus or taxi to Lake Achensee. For more information visit the following link:
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    Loipe Falzthurn - Gramai

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    This scenic trail in the Karwendel Nature Park is recommended for well trained beginners and advanced skiers. The moderately difficult route demands strength, endurance and technique. The approximately 14 kilometer long cross-country ski run in Pertisau leads from the entrance to the Karwendel valleys through the Falzthurntal to the Gramai valley basin. There you have a wonderful view of the Karwendel Mountains.

    The trail starts in the valley on the left hand side, leads steadily upwards through the forest and after a bridge flows into the extensive meadow around the managed Falzthurn-Almen. From there it goes uphill to the Gramaialm at the end of the Falzthurntal. A rapid descent to the starting point follows. The trail is also suitable for cross-country sledding. You can find the route and the GPX track here: maps.achensee.com/v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/11/47.48844100336153/11.720498178911766/18367/800267/false/-1/- 1 / -1 / eyJudWxsIjp7Im9zbUlkIjp7fX19 /

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    Loipe Pletzach – Gern

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    The route into the Gerntal is suitable for experienced beginners and advanced skiers and is primarily characterized by the change between flat sections and short climbs. Initially, the trail leads through the forest, on to the Pletzachalm and from there, gently ascending along the creek bed to the Gernalm. A relaxed stop here is worthwhile. Enjoy Tyrolean delicacies and the special hospitality of the region. On the way back to the entrance, the trail presents itself with a moderate gradient. In total, you cover 228 meters in altitude and ten kilometers. You can find the GPX track here: maps.achensee.com/v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/11/47.48844100336153/11.720498178911766/18367/800181/false/-1/-1/- 1 / eyJudWxsIjp7Im9zbUlkIjp7fX19 /

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    Loipe Buchau

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    In front of a wonderful backdrop, you run on a mainly flat two and a half kilometer long trail, which is ideal for beginners - and also for cross-country sledding. You only have to conquer a small incline. On this round you will come very close to the jewel of the region - the Achensee. You should always have your camera close at hand. The route starts at the Buchau sports field. You can park your car in the parking lot of the Atoll Achensee leisure center.

    First follow the trail north along the lake. After a small climb you can take a first look at the beautiful Achensee. He lies there quietly, his water glistening in the sun - take a moment to take a deep breath and enjoy! At the Tyrolean sailing club, the trail turns in a wide arc and leads you right along the lake.

    Here you are only separated from the Achensee by a hiking trail and some maple trees. Past the surf school and the children's playground you get back to the starting point. An ideal practice round for beginners with great views! You can find the GPX track and further information here: maps.achensee.com/v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/11/47.48844100336153/11.720498178911766/18367/800232/false/-1/- 1 / -1 / eyJudWxsIjp7Im9zbUlkIjp7fX19 /

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    Seeloipe Oberautal

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    Due to its flat course, the lake trail is perfect for beginners, more advanced skiers and cross-country sledges. The easy trail is seven kilometers long and draws its fl at track from the starting point in Achenkirch towards Achensee. In total you will conquer 138 meters in altitude. First it leads past the snow kite area and the Alpen Caravan Park Achensee (Achenkirch lakeshore) and later through light forest into the beautifully snow-covered Oberau valley. On this scenic route, it goes back again, past the Schrambacherhof to the starting point, the Eder Sparmarkt in Achenkirch. You can find the GPX track to the route here: maps.achensee.com/v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/11/47.47567964308079/11.71966552734375/18367/8820709/false/-1/-1 / -1 / eyJudWxsIjp7Im9zbUlkIjp7fX19 /

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    Dorfloipe Steinberg

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    The village trail starts at the Steinberg cross-country skiing center. It climbs gently towards the Rofanlifte II and winds its way past the managed Silberwaldhütte and on through the meadows and widely scattered settlements of Steinberg. With short climbs and descents, the trail is more suitable for experienced cross-country skiers and is used in a classic style. The route is six kilometers long and you conquer a total of 140 meters in altitude. You can find the GPX track here: maps.achensee.com/v2/de/gdi_winter/2d/-1/detail/11/47.47567964308079/11.71966552734375/18367/8910721/false/-1/-1/- 1 / eyJudWxsIjp7Im9zbUlkIjp7fX19 /

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    Gramaialm

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    The Gramaialm is a wonderful inn in the middle of the Oberautal in the Karwendel Mountains. Embedded in the snow-covered landscape, the magical Gramaialm is also open for you in winter. A warm dish from the best Tyrolean cuisine and a hot drink are waiting for you here. The Alm can be easily reached via a wonderful cross-country ski run or a rolled winter hiking trail. In summer you can also spend the night on the Alm and enjoy a comprehensive SPA program.

    Since the Gramaialm cannot be reached by car in winter, no rooms are rented during the cold season. Only from the end of April does the snow situation allow driving on the road again. Active day trips in the snowy landscape in winter are absolutely recommendable because nature unfolds a very special charm in its snow cover. You can find more information about the Alm under this link: gramaialm.at/de

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    Falzthurnalm

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    In the Alpengasthaus Falzthurn you can enjoy Tyrolean specialties with a wonderful view of the Karwendel Mountains. The cozy dining room invites you to eat, drink and linger. With a mulled wine or Jagatee you will experience the wonderful winter landscape in the heart of the Karwendel Nature Park. Even in winter, the Alm offers warm Tyrolean dishes all day from 11 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. For winter hikers, cross-country skiers, families and romantics, the Gasthaus Falzthurn is a snow-sure excursion destination.

    From mid-December to the end of March you can reach the Falzthurnalm on cross-country skis from Pertisau via perfectly groomed cross-country trails or on the winter hiking trail. Or let the horse-drawn sleigh drive you through the dreamy valley - a slightly different experience! And as soon as it gets a little warmer from February, you can enjoy the sun on the terrace with a view of the snow-covered peaks of the Sonnjoch and Lamsenjoch. Here you can relax and let yourself be pampered by Tyrolean hospitality! You can find more information under this link: falzturn.at

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    Pletzachalm

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    The Pletzachalm is an alpine inn and is located at 1,056 meters at the foot of the Seebergspitze in the Ostkarwendel. The inn was built in 1914 and bought by the great-grandmother of the current owners, the Pfluger family, in 1916. Since then, the inn has been in the family. The Pletzachalm is also open in winter from the end of December to mid-March, because the area around the Alm is a very popular cross-country skiing area. If you register, you can celebrate a hut evening with live music with your friends or spend a magical and hearty evening in the new barbecue hut.

    In addition to the usual hut meals, you can also enjoy many Tyrolean delicacies, delicious cakes and desserts on the Pletzachalm. On sunny winter days you can also make yourself comfortable on the large sun terrace, which offers a wonderful view of the valley. You can find more information about the regularly changing rest days here: pletzach-alm.jimdosite.com

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    Alpengasthof Gernalm

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    Peace, sun and pure relaxation - a stay on the Gernalm promises all of this in the middle of the unspoilt landscape of the Karwendel nature reserve. The Gernalm is only four and a half kilometers from Pertisau and can also be reached by car in winter. The hut is the starting point for wonderful winter hikes and is especially popular with cross-country skiers. The cozy parlor is equipped with a tiled stove. Look forward to family hospitality and delicious Tyrolean specialties!

    On the Alm you can expect tasty dishes such as Achentaler Kaspressknödel, a hearty Tyrolean Brett'l Jause, Käsespätzle, Wiener Schnitzel and the house specialty: warm apple and curd strudel. Your mouth will water while reading. You can find more information about the accommodation options under this link: gernalm.at/de

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    Atoll Achensee

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    Pure adventure and relaxation in all seasons and in all weathers - that's what the Atoll Achensee promises! The sports and leisure center in Maurach, directly on the Achensee, scores with an infinity pool on the roof, a penthouse spa for relaxing, a fitness studio with mountain views and a bouldering hall. As a leisure attraction, the Achensee Atoll offers the perfect conditions for a sporty and relaxing excursion.

    Here you can relax, have a sauna, enjoy yourself and do sports on 50,000 square meters - right on the shores of the beautiful Achensee. The impressive glass building will cast its spell over you - only the views of the surrounding mountains and the sparkling water of the lake can top it! You can find more information on admission prices and offers under this link: atoll-achensee.com

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    Achensee 3-Täler-Lauf

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    The Achensee 3-Valleys Run is a very special people's cross-country event. The racing trails for skaters and classic cross-country skiers run through the three valleys of the Karwendel Nature Park. The starting shot for the annual cross-country event is given at the entrance to the Karwendel valleys in Pertisau am Achensee. The event is organized by the clubs endorphine multi sports and SV Achensee.

    The route profiles vary between eleven and 33 kilometers for classic adult races and between 15 and 30 kilometers for skating. Dwarfs, older children and young people compete in classic style, skating and freestyle, depending on their age, on distances between half a kilometer and 15 kilometers. The 3-Valleys Run is fun for the whole family and is also exciting to watch for spectators.

    The Achensee 3-Valleys Run is part of Austria Loppet and is a euroloppet partner race. The brand combines the eight best known and most popular large cross-country skiing events in Austria. Runners who take part in at least six of the eight races receive the coveted title of Austria Loppet Finisher. Further information and registration can be found at austrialoppet.at.

    The entry fee of 20 euros for children and 40 euros for adults includes a lot for the participants: a finisher medal, catering at the refreshment stations, a meal voucher for the Pertisau cross-country skiing parlor, free parking and a great surprise gift. Participation is not only worthwhile for the unique atmosphere in the impressive landscape. You can find more information about the event under this link: achensee.com/events/winter-events/achensee-3-taeler-lauf

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    Langlaufcamp Achensee

    Cross-Country Skiing Highlight

    The region is known as a top cross-country skiing destination due to its perfect cross-country skiing infrastructure and beautiful landscape. The cross-country camp for beginners and those returning to the sport therefore takes place under ideal conditions. There are two dates to choose from in January 2021: from January 8th to 10th for classic cross-country skiers and from January 15th to 17th for skaters. Whether classic or skating, the camps last three days and teach beginners the sport of cross-country skiing from the bottom up. If you already have some experience, you will receive valuable tips for getting back to work. The experienced trainers and professionals will guide you through the program in small groups. This includes material tests, wax tips, technique training, applied training theory and a jointly planned final tour.

    Of course, the cozy get-togethers and feasting are not neglected either. The regular refreshments are mandatory. Participation in the cross-country camp costs 389 euros per person and includes two nights at the Seehotel Einwaller in Pertisau am Achensee including half board, equipment, trainer, trail fee and much more. Three successful days with lots of adventure and relaxation potential await you. You can find more information here: achensee.com/events/winter-events/achensee-langlaufcamp

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