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Cross-country Skiing in Salzburger Saalachtal

Skating or Classic Style: Away to the Trails

Cross-country skiing offers climatic therapy for body and soul thanks to exercise in nature and in cold temperatures. Cross-country skiing trains the entire body while still going easy on the joints. In addition, it is a sport in which everyone can participate in the Salzburger Saalachtal. On a total of 80km of trails, you can glide through the local area either classic or skating style; test yourself in the biathlon or ski through the valley on the illuminated night trail under the starry heavens.

If you’d like to catch some mountain air, we recommend the snow-sure trails in Heutal, which is situated at 1000 metres above sea level, or the high altitude trail in the Almenwelt Lofer. This is an easy way to meet up for lunch with downhill skiing friends or family members.


6 important questions about starting cross-country skiing with children

From what age can children begin cross-country skiing?

Like alpine skiing, children from the age of three or four can start.  Children acquire a good sense of balance.

How do you motivate children to go cross-country skiing?

For this, a relaxed, playful approach is advisable. An obstacle course and skill games provide variety and the prospect of a chocolate or a jelly bear can increase motivation even more. And it’s even more fun, of course, when other children are involved. 

Classic or skating: which technique is more suited to children?

To learn cross-country skiing, children should begin with the classic style. This way their balance can be trained. When they later have a good sense of balance, they can change to skating.

What distances can children achieve at what age?

It is difficult for 4 to 7-year-olds to ski distances because it is often not varied enough. It is better to choose short, easy routes in an exciting environment (eg. trails in the forest).

Is there equipment for children?

There is cross-country skiing equipment for children from shoe size 28.

What should children wear for cross-country skiing?

Beginners should ski in their ski suit, because small falls are very likely and frequent. The thick ski suit makes sure that the impact is dampened a little and that the child remains dry.

And where to go Cross-Country Skiing? The Trails in Salzburger Saalachtal at a glance:

Cross-Country Skiers for rent

You can rent or buy your Cross-Country Ski equipment at the ski rental shops in the region.

Cross-country courses

Accompanied by a professional? Cross-Country Ski courses are bookable with the skischools and outdoor providers.

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