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Cross-Country Skiing in Sölden


Cross-country ski tracks with an extra special touch

Sölden's cross-country ski trails impress both skaters and classic cross-country skiers thanks to its varied course through the white winter wonderland of the rear Ötztal. Another advantage in addition to pleasant nature exploration: smooth exercise in this high-altitude training area boosts your muscles with an extra dose of oxygen.

Gliding through Forests and Meadows

Cross-country skiers will benefit from two rewarding trails in Sölden for free. No matter if you prefer an easy loop tour across flat meadows (Hofer Boden-Windau) or a moderately difficult forest and meadow track near Zwieselstein: the altitude between 1368 m in Sölden and over 1500 m in Zwieselstein also attracts top athletes due to the so-called "high altitude training effect". Even ambitious Nordic skiing amateurs push themselves to a new fitness level by using two poles.

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Nearby: Ötztal's Cross-country Skiing Center

The trails in Sölden give access to a much larger cross-country skiing paradise. Throughout Ötztal sporty guests can enjoy about 143 kilometers of well-groomed and perfectly maintained cross-country trails suitable for skating and classic cross-country skiing. A true challenge for all skill levels and free of charge. The wide open loop tours on the valley floor near Längenfeld, covering more than 60 cross-country ski kilometers, are particularly attractive. Among the highlights ranks the snow-sure, 6,1 km long skating track in Gries near Längenfeld at 1600 meters above sea level. From Sölden you can easily reach this cross-country skiing center by public bus which is free of charge for all Ötztal guest card holders. HERE on oetztal.com you can get an overview of the Nordic ski trail network in the valley.


Cross-country Skiing Equipment Rental & Courses

Especially beginners are strongly recommended to practice the right technique guided by a certified trainer, and also advanced can still learn a lot from professional instructors. Most ski schools in Sölden also offer cross-country skiing lessons. If you want to go cross-country skiing and you don't have brought your own equipment  simply stop by at one of the numerous sports shops with ski hire. They provide the right material depending on your skills, technique and experience - cross-country skis, shoes and poles. Let's get started!

Cross-country skiing courses, taster lessons as well as “Biathlon for everyone” can also be booked online in our Adventure Shop. HERE you will find all cross-country ski adventures.

Cross Country Skiing Niederthai Winter
Cross Country Skiing Längenfeld Winter
Cross Country Skiing Ötztal Winter

Sölden: Postplatz, Freizeit Arena Sölden und Gaislachkogelbahn lift
Zwieselstein: area of Gasthof Brückenwirt, Zwieselstein sports field

Status Cross-Country Skiing Tracks Sölden

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Status Name Place  

Hofer Boeden-Windau (leicht/Easy)

Easy 1.9 km

Zwieselstein (Mittel/Intermediate)

Intermediate 5.5 km

Frequently asked questions about cross-country skiing

In principle, there are two main requirements for cross-country skiing: enough snow as well as groomed cross-country ski trails. Cross-country skiing fans and all those who want to give endurance sports a try will find both in Sölden at the heart of Ötztal. The destination is best known for its ski area, but also offers cross-country ski trails. The Nordic trail status shows you which cross-country ski routes are currently open. By the way: Ötztal offers more than 140 km of varied cross-country ski trails for skaters and fans of the classic style, which are available free of charge.

Cross-country skiing is an intense endurance sport that makes you sweat a lot. Therefore, despite cold temperatures are possible, you should wear breathable, tight-fitting clothing and follow the "onion principle" – which means several thin layers on top of each other. Depending on the intensity or outside temperature, the right cross-country skiing outfit from head to toe could look like this:

  • Headband, neck gaiter/scarf or thin cap
  • Functional underwear & thin cross-country ski jacket that protects against wind; optional vest or lycra jersey as a mid-layer in colder temperatures
  • Skin-tight pants or softshell cross-country ski pants
  • Thin gloves; in cold temperatures thicker gloves or mittens may be needed
  • Thin socks that reach up to the calf (classic knee-length ski socks are usually too warm)

The expert sports shops in Sölden will be happy to advise you on choosing the right cross-country ski clothing. You can find out everything about cross-country skiing in the region HERE.

There is good and cheap – oh, even for free - cross-country skiing in Sölden in Ötztal. Although the destination is primarily known for its ski area beyond the country's borders, the "Heartbeat of the Alps" also offers two cross-country ski trails for skating and classic style. Not only Sölden’s cross-country ski trails are free of charge, but also the more than 130 remaining kilometers of cross-country ski routes throughout Ötztal can be used free of charge. HERE you can find out everything about cross-country skiing in Sölden.