Diverse winter between the mountains and the lake
Enjoying with all your senses and being active is Lake Achensee’s motto. The snow-covered mountainscape surrounding Tirol’s largest lake beckons with popular and new adventures in the snow. No matter what your favourite activity is – Lake Achensee is guaranteed to provide a memorable and lasting holiday experience.
On narrow skis – Cross-country skiing at Lake Achensee
Gustav Leithner, for example, is a local who made history. Never heard of him? Thanks to his initiative, thousands of Nordic skiing enthusiasts can glide effortlessly and elegantly over the trails. Today, there are seven cross-country skiing schools in the region, and over 200 kilometres of groomed and track-set cross-country skiing trails run through the high valley.
Among the most popular routes are the Oberautal trail in Achenkirch and the panoramic trail between Maurach and Pertisau which repeatedly affords beautiful views of Lake Achensee. The trails into the gently undulating Karwendel valleys are an insider tip for those who look for a sporting challenge.
Animal encounters and romantic paths
Speaking of the Karwendel valleys: Lake Achensee lies right in the middle of Tirol’s oldest protected area, the Nature Park Karwendel. Nobody knows more about the park’s flora and fauna than the nature park rangers. Guided winter hikes give visitors the opportunity to discover animal tracks and learn interesting facts about snow and botany, for example how to identify leaf buds. Of course, you can also explore the unique landscape around Lake Achensee by yourself. 150 kilometres of cleared hiking paths take visitors into the sparkling winter wonderland.
Off to the slopes and into the powder snow
Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts are of course also well catered for in the Tirolean mountains. Lake Achensee boasts four ski areas and two practice slopes which are especially popular with families, beginners and returners. The Hochalmlifte Christlum in Achenkirch, the Rofan cable car in Maurach, the Karwendel cable car in Pertisau and the lifts in Steinberg and Wiesing offer 53 kilometres of slopes on altitudes of up to 1,900 metres.
Those who want to experience unspoilt nature in open terrain put the skins on their skis. Climbing up to the mountain peaks, ski tourers reach spots in high alpine terrain which are usually only accessible in summer. And the descent through untouched powder snow is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Tip for beginners: The avalanche educational trail in the Rofan mountains features seven stations which provide knowledge on the proper behaviour in alpine environments and how to use avalanche transceivers and probes, laying the foundation for a safe backcountry experience at Lake Achensee.
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