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Seiser Alm: Cross-country skiing in the heart of the Dolomites

A vast trail network, an infrastructure perfectly suited for the needs of cross-country skiers and a dreamlike landscape make Seiser Alm the perfect cross-country destination. With the UNESCO world heritage site of the Dolomites in the background, get ready for trails of the highest level as well as an extraordinary nighttime event.

A cross-country paradise

The trail network at Seiser Alm comprises a total of 80 kilometers.
The trail network at Seiser Alm comprises a total of 80 kilometers. © Seiser Alm Marketing/Helmuth Rier

If you're looking for diverse and sunny trails, you've come to the right place at Seiser Alm. Located in the Italian region of South Tyrol, the cross-country area contains 80 kilometers (50 miles) of expertly groomed trails. They all count with two tracks, some of them even with four, and are suited for classic and skating styles.

From the beginners' Möser loop to the advanced Hartl trail or the challenging Panorama loop - cross-country fans of all skill levels will enjoy Seiser Alm. The area is also connected with Val Gardena via an eight-kilometer (five-mile) long trail. Both areas are part of the Dolomiti Nordicski cross-country resort which offers a trail network with a total of 1,300 kilometers (800 miles).

Home of the world's elite

Seiser Alm is a paradise for all cross-country lovers.
Seiser Alm is a paradise for all cross-country lovers. © Seiser Alm Marketing/Helmuth Rier

At altitudes between 1,800 and 2,200 meters (5,900 to 7,200 feet), Seiser Alm is sure to have snow during the season from December to April. Its optimal altitude level makes the area attractive for top athletes as well. Cross-country professionals from the US, Norway, Italy and Sweden come to train here regularly. Another extraordinary highlight is the region's landscape. In the vastness of Europe's largest mountain plateau, the Dolomite mountains Langkofel, Plattkofel and Schlern seem so close you can almost feel them.

Huts and lodging for cross-country skiers

The trails stretch across Europe's largest high meadow.
The trails stretch across Europe's largest high meadow. © Seiser Alm Marketing/Harald Wisthaler

Along the trails you will find various cozy huts inviting you to take a break. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Dolomites while restoring your energy with traditional South Tyrolean cuisine. At the Nordic Ski Center near the Seiser Alm mountain railway, you can find changing rooms and ski depots.

Seiser Alm is surrounded by accommodation facilities tailored specifically to cross-country skiers' needs. A total of 26 cross-country accommodations offer information on routes, flexible menu selections with a focus on protein and carbohydrates as well as washing and drying services for guests' clothes. Rooms to prepare and maintain your skis are also available – perfect conditions for a cross-country trip to the Dolomites.

Moonlight Classic at Seiser Alm

The Moonlight Classic is the highlight of the cross-country season at Seiser Alm.
The Moonlight Classic is the highlight of the cross-country season at Seiser Alm. © Seiser Alm Marketing/Indio

The Moonlight Classic race is a special highlight for all night owls among the cross-country fans. This year's moonlight race will be held on February 7, 2020. The competitors of the event can choose between two loops with a length of 15 and 30 kilometers. Participants ski exclusively in the classic diagonal style.

To make sure nobody gets lost in the dark, the entire trail is lit by torches. Compatsch is the starting and finish point of the race. Although the event doesn't begin until 8 pm, spectators can get started earlier with music and traditional specialties.

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last update on Jan 19, 2021

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