The Cross-Country Area
Cross-country skiers can expect to find around 70 kilometres well-prepared cross-country tracks in the Pitztal valley that lead through magnificent landscapes. No matter if skating or in classic style - the altitude guarantees best conditions and snow reliability until spring. In addition to the varied cross-country tracks down in the valley, the region also offers two beautiful high-altitude tracks. Especially the high-altitude trail on the Pitztal glacier provides pure cross-country skiing pleasure. A special guidance system with direction, track length and difficulty ensures that all Nordic winter sports enthusiasts always find the right track.
Cross-Country Centre on the Pitztal Glacier
A cross-country skiing centre was built near the Mittelbergbahn on the Pitztal glacier. Not only amateurs, but also professionals will find ideal conditions here. In addition to perfectly groomed skating and classic cross-country ski tracks, there are also possibilities for changing, storing and waxing your cross-country skis. From mid-September until well into spring, Nordic winter sports enthusiasts can complete their altitude training here. Depending on the snow conditions, the length of the route varies between three and seven kilometres.
Nordic winter sports at the reef lake
A further high-altitude cross-country trail runs around the nearby Rifflsee, a natural lake at 2,200 metres. The five kilometre long track is prepared for classic cross-country skiing and skating. The cross-country skiers reach the Wurmtal via three loops and are rewarded for their efforts with a magnificent panorama of the Rifflsee.
The Most Beautiful Tracks
The Valley Trail
Hobby sports enthusiasts feel particularly at home on the 20-kilometre-long valley trail, which leads from Wiese up to Mandarfen (1,743 metres). The route runs over large parts along the icy course of the river Pitze and invites you to pause and enjoy the beautiful nature. The length of the valley trail can be varied at will, as there are several entry and exit options. The free Regiobus brings cross-country skiers back to their starting point in comfort. The Hubertus cross-country trail on the Pillersattel and the Fuchsmoos cross-country trail also lead through the beautiful countryside. The latter impresses with a wild and romantic moorland.
The High-Altitude Trails
High for cross-country skiers on the high-altitude trails of the cross-country skiing area. At the Pitztal glacier, a seven-kilometre-long cross-country trail with a fantastic view of the 3,774-metre-high Wildspitze attracts visitors. Around the Rifflsee, a natural lake at 2,220 metres, there is a four-kilometre stretch.
Cross-country skiing in St. Leonhard im Pitztal
- Talloipe (length: 21 km, classic and skating)
- Höhenloipe Glacier (length: 3 to 7 kilometers, classic and skating)
- Höhenloipe Rifflsee (length: 3 to 5 kilometers, classic)
Cross-country skiing in Wenns im Pitztal
- Hubertusloipe (length: 8 kilometers, classic and skating)
- Harbeloipe (length: 2 km, classic and skating)
- Fuchsmoosloipe (length: 8 km, classic and skating)
- Bärenbadloipe (length: 7 km, classic and skating)
Cross-country skiing in Jerzens
- Fischteichloipe (length: 3.2 km, classic and skating)
- Offering 38.03 miles cross-country trails, Pitztal Valley and Glacier is among the 10 largest Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Tyrol.
- Elevated between 4524 ft and 9055 ft, the Cross-Country Skiing Area is among the 3 highest elevated Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Austria.
- Average snow depth during the season is 110 " at summit elevation and 80 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during April, offering an average snow depth of 135 " at summit elevation and 107 " at the base. Therefore Pitztal Valley and Glacier is among the 3 cross-Country Skiing Areas with best snow conditions in Austria.
- Pitztal Valley and Glacier features 89 sunny days on average per season. The average for all cross-Country Skiing Areas in Austria is 69 sunny days. November is the sunniest month with an average of 22 sunny days. This makes the cross-Country skiing area one of the 5 sunniest in Tyrol.
With the car
Coming from Kufstein/Innsbruck follow the Inntal-Autobahn A12 to the exit Imst/Pitztal and follow the Pitztal Landesstraße until you reach your destination. If you want to travel via Munich, take the A95 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and change to the B23. Via Ehrwald we go to Imst. There take the Pitztal Landesstraße and follow the road to your destination.
By public transport
Travellers travel by train to Imst-Pitztal station. From there you take the bus to Jerzens Ritzenried.