Magic of cross-country skiing in the heart of the Salzkammergut

A cross-country ski safari in the most beautiful cross-country skiing areas in the region.
7 nights
  • overnight in 3*-inns and a 4*-hotel
  • start on arrival possible every day
  • Cross-country skiing equipment including skis, poles and shoes

“Isn't winter a color artist, despite all spring!“

Lou Andreas-Salome (authoress)

Skiing along frozen lakes, through the winter forest or near an arena of two-thousand-meter peaks - the winter landscape of the southern Salzkammergut is as varied as one could wish for. This impressive natural backdrop also provides the perfect setting when it comes to traditional hut cuisine and relaxation in the local thermal baths. Perfectly groomed trails, for both the classic and the skating style, offer ideal conditions for a perfect cross-country skiing experience. When the snow is crashing under your shoes in the glittering white landscape, winter in the Salzkammergut makes you really happy. Gliding instead of rushing - time to look, chat and still be active: that's what makes cross-country skiing so enjoyable. Look forward to a week that you can tackle both sporty-active and cozy-relaxed in one of the most attractive holiday regions in Austria.

Highlights

  1. Cross-country skiing paradise Gosau - part of the UNESCO World Heritage
  2. Rettenbachalm European Cup trail
  3. ‘Panorama Nova' - high-altitude trail above Bad Goisern
  4. Cross-country skiing in sunny Ausseerland
  5. To the Blaa Alm at the foot of the Loser – the landmark of the Ausseerland

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in the spa town of Bad Ischl

Arrival by car or public transport to Bad Ischl. The pretty town on the river Traun became very popular, when in the 19th century the town was opened. Emperor Franz Joseph regularly spent his holidays here. The stay of the imperial family favored the development of the city into an attractive holiday resort and it still offers an attractive mixture of leisure opportunities. In the hotel you will receive more information about your trip and all the important details about the trails in the region as well as a “welcome-Schnapserl”. (2 nights)

Day 2: ‚Snow hole‘ Rettenbachalm

Overlooking the rocks of the Dead Mountains is one of the largest low pastures in Europe, the Rettenbachalm. A logging road takes you to the cross-country skiing center just six kilometers from Bad Ischl. Picturesque rustic huts spread out on the wide valley floor. Fans of cross-country skiing get their money's worth here. Ten kilometers of perfectly groomed cross-country trails of all levels of difficulty open up a varied and impressive sporting experience. Take the taxi transfer organized for you to the Rettenbachalm or drive your own car. Returning to Bad Ischl, relax in the Salzkammergut thermal baths.

Day 3: ‚Panorama Nova’ - High-altitude trail over Bad Goisern

In the morning, transfer including luggage or drive in your own car to the hotel in Bad Goisern, an ideal base for winter sports. For the ascent to the start of the cross-country ski run, use the six-kilometer panoramic road in the direction of the Predigtstuhl. From the high-altitude trail at 1,000 meters there is a splendid view of the Salzkammergut World Heritage Site with the Dachstein Glacier and Lake Hallstatt. A total of 27 kilometers of moderately easy to very demanding trails are available. Interesting attractions are the "World Cup Trail" - especially for experts in the sport - and an imposing suspension bridge that serves as a connection between two trails. (2 nights in Bad Goisern)

Day 4: Cross-country skiing in the Gosau Valley:

The elongated, idyllically situated high valley stretches from Lake Hallstatt to the west side of the Dachstein, where it finds its great conclusion with the rock needles of the wildly rugged Gosaukamm. Along this Alpine panorama, past snow-covered tops and peaks, stretches the wide, very sunny network of trails of all levels of difficulty. Thanks to the average altitude of the mountain valley of 780 meters and generally a high snow guarantee, cross-country skiing is a real pleasure. The ski bus takes you comfortably to Gosau and back to Bad Goisern.

Day 5: Free day in Bad Aussee

A real gem is the Styrian part of the Salzkammergut with the spa town of Bad Aussee. Playful wooden buildings and lively customs characterize the pretty health resort. To get to the Ausseerland, the Pötschenpass with 993 meters must be overcome. Shortly afterwards, the valley opens up and the striking summit of the Loser comes into view.

Take a break from the sporting activities today and immerse yourself in traditional customs and old craftsmanship of the region. Worth a visit are, for example, fabric handprinting, hat makers and gingerbread makers. The fact that salt plays a major role in the Salzkammergut is already guaranteed by the name. Guests can experience this healing treasure of the region in the brine bath Bad Aussee. Treat yourself to this pleasure with a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. (3 nights in Bad Aussee)

Day 6: Mecca for cross-country skiing - Bad Mitterndorf

Today's excursion into the wide, fog-free valley of Bad Mitterndorf at the foot of the mighty Grimming makes the hearts of enjoyable cross-country skiers beat faster. The trails around the seaside resort are flat; the entire network of trails with its 120 km is one of the most extensive in Austria. The cross-country skiing circuit around the Ödensee in Pichl-Kainisch with beautiful floodplain and forest passages is very contemplative. Easy ascents and descents are offered by the Krungl trail, on which you pass the legendary ski flying hill on the Kulm, the largest natural flying hill in the world. Afterwards you head back to the hotel in Bad Aussee.

Day 7: Leisurely round to the Blaa Alm

As one of the four cross-country skiing centers in the Ausseerland, Altaussee at the foot of the Losers inspires with its very own winter magic. The ascent via the panoramic road from the deep blue Altaussee Lake up to the Loser Ski Arena is already impressive. Wonderful the groomed trail through the forest and over meadows to the enchanted alpine area of the Blaa Alm. The tour is suitable for beginners and advanced riders alike, comfortable the possibility of refeshments on the Blaa Alm. Treat yourself to a breather with a coffee break with alpine coffee and cake. Afterwards you head back to the ski arena and by car or taxi back to Bad Aussee.

Day 8: Ausseerland – individual departure

If you have the opportunity to extend your stay in the sun-drenched Ausseerland, the repertoire of discoveries is far from exhausted and additional nights can be booked. For example, the Gößler cross-country ski trail offers beautiful views of Grundlsee and Toplitzsee. If you want to go higher, the elongated alpine plateau of the Tauplitzalm is recommended. Here is the largest lake plateau in Central Europe and it invites you to winter hiking. Otherwise, a taxi brings you from the accommodation in Bad Aussee directly to the train station Bad Aussee or individual departure with your own car.

Arrangement

7x
Overnight stays in ***hotels/inns and 4* hotels with breakfast buffet
(2 nights Bad Ischl in 4* hotel, 2 nights Bad Goisern, 3 nights Bad Aussee)
1x
Information material and cross country trail map
1x
Welcome schnapps at the service center of the Salzkammergut Touristik
1x
Taxi transfer to Rettenbachalm and back (incl. equipment) *
1x
4 hours entrance to the Salzkammergut Thermal Spa Bad Ischl
1x
Taxi transfer from Bad Ischl to Predigstuhl in Bad Goisern and back (incl. equipment) *
1x
luggage transfer to hotel in Bad Goisern *
1x
Taxi transfer from Bad Goisern to Bad Aussee (incl. luggage and equipment) *
1x
public bus or train from Bad Aussee to Kainisch and back *
1x
public ski bus to Loser Skiarena and back *
1x
Coffee and cake at the Blaa Alm
1x
taxi transfer from Hotel in Bad Aussee to Bad Aussee Train station (incl. luggage) *
1x
Admission for ski runs in the Ausseerland
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Daily service hotline from 08:00 – 18:00 (also on weekends)

Rates per person for the arrangement in €:

  06.01. – 31.01.2024
23.02. – 31.03.2024
31.01. – 23.02.2024
Double room with breakfast buffet 915,-- 925,--
Supplement for half board per stay 170,-- 170,--
Supplement for single room per stay 195,-- 195,--
*Discount for traveling with your own car – take your own car for routes signed with * 217,-- 217,--
Supplement for single travelers (when arriving by public transport) 217,-- 217,--
arrival daily daily

The local tax, also known as visitor's tax, is payable locally to the landlord; the amount depends on the resort and is between €1,00 and €4,00 per person per night. Children up to the age of 15 are usually exempt.

Reduction for children staying in parent’s room (2 full-paying adults):
0 – 5.9 years: 100%                6 – 15 years: 30%

Cross-country skiing equipment (incl. ski, sticks and shoes): € 99, -- per stay

The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.

Our recommendations:
Get a travel cancellation insurance.

Informationen

For environmental reasons, we recommend arriving and departing by public transport (train/bus). We are happy to help you organise your train journey within Austria. Talk to us!

The UNESCO World Heritage List currently lists 1,154 natural and cultural sites from 167 countries worldwide. The excellent cultural and natural monuments have an extraordinary universal value that must be preserved in the long term. Austria is represented with 10 World Heritage Sites.

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Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH

Götzstraße 12

4820 Bad Ischl


Tel.: 0043 (0)6132 24000-51

office@salzkammergut.co.at