The Cross-Country Area
Östersund is located in the Jämtland region, right by lake Storsjön, and is a world famous Biathlon World Cup venue. The stadium features almost 90 kilometres (56 miles) of tracks - not only for professionals. The circuits range from 2.5 to 14 kilometres (1.5 to 8.7 miles) long and include easy practise trails as well as demanding tracks with steep ascents.
Cross-country skiing is possible from November through April. The stadium is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 21:30 as well as from 10:00 to 16:30 on the weekends. Part of the trails is lightened until 22:00.
If you don't have your own cross-country equipment, everything is available for rent at the stadium. Courses for beginners are on offer as well. Furthermore, you get the opportunity to try your hand at biathlon.
- Offering 55.3 miles cross-country trails, Östersund is among the 3 largest Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Sweden.
- Elevated between 984 ft and 1312 ft, the Cross-Country Skiing Area is among the 5 highest elevated Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Sweden.
- Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average base depth of 22 ". Therefore Östersund is among the 5 cross-Country Skiing Areas with best snow conditions in Sweden.
Östersund is located approximately 550 kilometres (342 miles) north east of Stockholm. From there, the E4 leads to Sundsvall over Uppsala and Gävle. From here, continue on E14 over Fränsta and Bräcke to Östersund. Another possibility is taking a train to Östersund.