The Cross-Country Area
Cross-country skiing on the Seiser Alm - Discover the Dolomites on the cross-country trails
If you’re planning to dedicate your Dolomite holiday to cross-country skiing, the trails on the Seiser Alm, in the heart of the Dolomites, are the place to be. 80 kilometres of cross-country tracks at an altitude of between 1,800 and 2,200 metres are on the Seiser Alm. All the tracks are double or quadruple and perfectly groomed. Whether you opt for skating or classic style, beginner or pro: The Seiser Alm has the right trail for every taste.
When you’re cross-country skiing over the Seiser Alm, you don’t just get the vastness of Europe’s largest mountain plateau to enjoy, but also the Dolomite Mountains: The Sasso Lungo/Langkofel, Sasso Piatto/Plattkofel and the Sciliar/Schlern are practically within hand’s reach. And alongside the beauty of the countryside, the Dolomite region also has a lot to offer when it comes to culinary pleasure: Countless mountain cabins entice you in to enjoy a break and a spot of traditional local food in the cosy atmosphere of a mountain hut. Seiser Alm/Val Gardena are part of the Dolomiti Nordicski, the biggest cross-country resort in Europe with 1,300km of trails.
Cross-country skiing in the top athletes' training venue: The Seiser Alm in the Dolomites is high up on the list for pros. The Norwegian national cross-country team, among them also Petter Northug and Marit Bjørgen, have been coming to the Seiser Alm to train for years, and the trails here are also great favourites with the Italian, Swedish and American teams.
The outstanding infrastructure is complemented by the specialist shops for cross-country equipment and the Nordic Ski Centre at the mountain station of the Seiser Alm, where you will also find changing rooms, ski depots and more. Cross-country accommodation catering to the needs of cross-country skiers provides the perfect base for your cross-country skiing holiday in the Dolomites: The service ranges from flexible menu options rich in proteins and carbohydrates, to tour advice, to a washing and drying service for your clothes.
The Most Beautiful Tracks
The longest and most challenging cross-country trail of the Seiser Alm leads out from the Cross-Country Centre in Ritsch through vast Alpine meadows in a steep uphill to the mountain station of the Panorama chairlift. Then, in numerous curves, cross the Palude di Ladins/Ladinser Moos and continue on towards Giogo and Spitzbühl, past the Baita Laurin/Laurinhütte hut and back to Ritsch. With the nearby Dolomite peaks of the Sasso Lungo/Langkofel, Sasso Piatto/Plattkofel and the Sciliar/Schlern, the views along this trail are breathtaking.
- Offering 49.71 miles cross-country trails, Seiser Alm is among the 10 largest Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Italy.
- Seiser Alm is among the 3 best rated Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Italy.
- Elevated between 5906 ft and 7218 ft, the Cross-Country Skiing Area is among the 5 highest elevated Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Italy.
- Average snow depth during the season is 63 " at summit elevation and 18 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during July, offering an average snow depth of 67 " at summit elevation and 20 " at the base. Therefore Seiser Alm is among the 5 cross-Country Skiing Areas with best snow conditions in Italy.
- Seiser Alm features 90 sunny days on average per season. The average for all cross-Country Skiing Areas in Italy is 77 sunny days. February is the sunniest month with an average of 22 sunny days. This makes the cross-Country skiing area one of the 10 sunniest in Italy.
Dining along the Tracks
Alongside the beauty of the countryside, the Dolomite region also has a lot to offer when it comes to culinary pleasure: Countless mountain cabins entice you in to enjoy a break and a spot of traditional local food in the cosy atmosphere of a mountain hut.
Travelling by car:
Coming from the North:
Motorway exit A 22 Chiusa - Seiser Alm holiday area (Castelrotto 17 km; Siusi allo Sciliar 18 km; Alpe di Siusi 25 km; Fiè allo Sciliar 25 km, Tires al Catinaccio 30 km)
Coming from the South:
Motorway exit A 22 Bolzano Nord - Seiser Alm holiday area (Fiè allo Sciliar 12 km; Tires al Catinaccio 18 km, Siusi allo Sciliar 18 km; Castelrotto 22 km; Seiser Alm 29 km)
Travelling by train: IC and EC trains stop at Bolzano and Bressanone, where many visitors are met or continue their journey by modern coaches or from October 2019 by group /individual transfer with the "Südtirol Transfer”. In agreement with your host, there can be organized a transfer from the railway station to the accommodation. Alternatively, you may also use the shuttle service "Book Your Shuttle" or a taxi service to get to your accommodation.