Skiing on Skinny Skis
Narrow skis have always been popular
Cross-country skiing is one of the most sought-after winter sports at Lake Achensee. Although the origin of the sport goes back to Scandinavia, the cradle of professional cross-country skiing instruction is Lake Achensee. The recognized training of cross-country skiing instructors in Austria was initiated right here by Gustav Leithner. At the end of the 1970s, he developed the first official curriculum. Today, his son Christoph runs the “Pertisau Ski School” where cross-country skiers can learn everything about the healthy sport. There are seven cross-country ski schools at Lake Achensee which offer courses tailored to every ability level.
Once you’ve learned the basics it’s off into the beautiful landscape on skinny skis: Whether you prefer the classic or skating technique, with over 200 kilometres of trails the Achensee region offers skiing pleasure for all interests and abilities. You can glide along the snow-covered shores of the crystal-clear Lake Achensee or explore the impressive mountain scenery of the Karwendel valleys, stop off at a cosy mountain hut and recharge your batteries over a savoury soup with Kaspressknödel (cheese dumplings). The most popular routes are the Oberautal lake trail in Achenkirch and the panoramic trail between Maurach and Pertisau, which offer gorgeous views of Lake Achensee. The trails through the gently undulating Karwendel valleys are a bit more challenging and are considered an insider tip among Nordic skiers.
The cross-country ski trails are well signposted, and there are handy trail maps and an interactive map with detailed routes and GPS data for smartphones available. Visit our website for the daily updated snow report and wax recommendations.