Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

XC skiing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland

XC skiing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Old Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:02 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 9,642
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
XC skiing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Can anyone suggest some places in Austria, southern Germany, Switzerland that are especially good for (lazy) XC skiing? Not uberchic spots like Seefeld. Not particularly challenging trails...we want to relax and go at an easy to moderate pace. We're looking for someplace more low key, with a sprinkling of decent to very good hotels (3 or 4 stars), maybe with some spa facilities. Must be pet friendly. (and we'd be traveling by car.)

We don't have specific dates in mind, just would like to put together a list for next winter, places we could go to on fairly short notice after a good snowfall.

Thanks!
BTilke is offline  
Old Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:24 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 877
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The area around Oberammergau has lots of rather flat trails and seems reasonably uncrowded.

We also noticed quite a few cross country skiers just south of Reutte along the B179. Lots of folks struggling along through wide open fields.

There also seemed to be trails near the Royal Castles outside Fuessen.
Zeus is offline  
Old Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:39 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,206
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
In my time in Zürich I regularly went for XC skiing to Einsiedeln. They have a big variety of ski trails through the fields, past farm villages and in the forests.

Closer to you, I have noticed very nice looking trails at the forest roads in the northern Black Forest - along the B500 - but havenīt the chance to ski there.
altamiro is offline  
Old Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:32 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 1,468
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts


Look to Ramsau- just 30 minutes south of Salzburg.Easy trip- the town is just off the Autobahn
Hundreds of kilometers of well groomed cross country trails walking paths too.
Nice town - good hotel choices much to do in the area- and usually good snow.
Dog friendly too. I too often travel with my dog.

www.ramsau.com
molker is offline  
Old Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:00 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 9,907
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Goms, Switzerland. The cross country skiing mecca of Switzerland.
kleeblatt is offline  
Old Jan 23rd, 2008, 03:12 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,206
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Besides Goms, there are so many high valleys in Switzerland which offer a lot of space and beautiful scenery for XC skiing - for example Engadine and Lenzerheide
altamiro is offline  
Old Jan 23rd, 2008, 03:12 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 7,935
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi BTilke,

I think Ingo regularly goes to the Engadin Valley for cross-country, and I think he likes to stay in/around Sils. I know the Engadin is perfect for biking -- relatively flat on the trails that shadow the river but massively gorgeous for the mountains framing the views. Add the lakes of the Upper Engadin, the glaciers above you, and it's pretty perfect. I'm sure the experience transfers well for cross-country.

Good luck!

s
swandav2000 is offline  
Old Jan 23rd, 2008, 07:10 AM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 9,642
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks, everyone, for the excellent suggestions. We will look into all of them! We are also checking out Ruhpolding (Germany) and Obertilliach (Austria) as both towns now offer biathlon lessons to beginners. We are big biathlon fans and would love to give it a try. Although with my stiff right knee I'll be pretty slow (and not at all graceful) getting down into position to shoot and then getting up again!
BTilke is offline  
Old Jan 23rd, 2008, 07:17 AM
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 9,642
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Oh, and Molker, the Ramsau option sounds like we could combine a few nights stay around Salzburg (at the Friesacher Hotel, so close to Hellbrunn with all those great dog friendly paths in the grounds and woods around the castle--they even allow dogs into the zoo! on leash of course) with a few nights in Ramsau.
BTilke is offline  
Old Jan 29th, 2008, 11:00 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 1,468
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
BTilke-

no idea that the zoo permited dogs.

From the Friesacher , I often walk along the streets out of town toward the autobahn and the large area of open fields and quiet surroundings there.

If you still look for places, check the snow conditions at Ruhpolding.
The Biathlon Junior Championships were on Eurosport - the conditions did not look very good. Some recent weeks of warmer weather for places in lower altitudes causes troubles.
molker is offline  
Old Jan 30th, 2008, 02:47 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,056
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts


I'm partial to Kaprun..but I've even been cross country skiing in Graz - around the lake that Arnie used to jog around when he was a bit younger!
Lawchick is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
KiwiTreker
Europe
9
Apr 20th, 2008 12:30 AM
quebec
Europe
6
Dec 24th, 2004 12:36 PM
SunnyTX
Europe
10
Feb 12th, 2004 06:43 AM
BethGL
Europe
7
Jan 13th, 2004 07:02 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information