Cross-country skiing at Lake Achensee
Cross-country skiing is one of the most popular winter sports at Lake Achensee. Although the sport originated in Scandinavia, the cradle of professional cross-country skiing instruction is Lake Achensee. At the end of the 1970s, Gustav Leithner established the first official education standards for teaching cross-country skiing. Today, his son Christoph runs the Ski School Pertisau. There are several cross-country ski schools at Lake Achensee which offer courses tailored to every ability level, whether you want to try Nordic skiing for the first time or sharpen your existing techniques.
The Achensee region boasts over 230 kilometres of scenic trails groomed for classic skiing and skating skiing. Glide on the flat trails along the snow-covered shores of Lake Achensee or explore the impressive mountain scenery of the Karwendel valleys where the trails are more demanding. In between, warm up and refuel with hot drinks and delicious meals at one of the cosy mountain huts. For the best experience possible, the region provides a superbly waymarked and maintained trail network. Pick up our handy trail map or view our interactive map with route details and GPS data on your smartphone.
Gliding silently through the snow and enjoying the physical exercise against a backdrop of the spectacular mountains: At Lake Achensee, the birthplace of professional cross-country skiing instruction, Nordic skiers’ dreams come true. The region boasts a network of over 230 kilometres of groomed trails. Skating or classic style, beginners or experts, there are trails to suit every ability. View our current snow report for information on open and groomed cross-country ski runs.