Lunch at Hämmermoosalm
Skiing in the Leutasch Valley
Outdoor lunch at the Wettersteinhütte
Coffee and cake Ropferstub'm
Rodel Sledding, Leutasch
Leutasch Winter Rodels
Skiing in Leutaschtal

Austria Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing and winter walking

Trip Details

Location Leutasch, Austria
Length 8 days
Grades Easy, Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotels
Group size 5-12
Dates We will be scheduling dates for this trip soon. Please check back.
Land Cost
Single Supp Cost

Hiking Trip Summary

The Leutasch Valley is an unbeatable location for an active outdoor winter vacation. Over 150 miles of ski trails to explore, walking and rodeling (sledding) routes, cozy mountain restaurants serving warm apple strudel, jingling sleigh rides through the woods at dusk, and good company at dinner all make for a wonderful winter getaway. This tranquil winter setting of classic Tyrolean farmhouses, rich forests and beautiful alpine scenery blanketed with snow is an idyllic location for a cross-country ski vacation. Beginners will be very content with the long open stretches of flat terrain, intermediates will enjoy the nearby gentle hills, and experts will find plenty of challenges, including the nearby 25-kilometer Olympic Loop.

Situated just northwest of Innsbruck on the German-Bavarian border, the beautiful Austrian village of Obern in the Leutasch Valley will be our base for this 8-day tour. The Leutasch Valley, surrounded by the stunning Wetterstein and Karwendal Mountains and dominated by Hohe Munde of the Mieminger range, is one of the premier cross-country ski areas in all of Europe. Host to cross-country ski events for both the ’56 and ’76 Winter Olympic Games, the valley now embraces miles and miles of groomed and tracked trails for both skating and classic skiing.

Whether we ski down through the fairy-tale-like woods and meadows of the Gaistal Valley, along the broad and pastoral Leutascher Ache, or through the Hochmoos hills to the Olympic resort town of Seefeld, you will be stunned by the mountain scenery and the endless skiing opportunities. Located along the trails are cafes and restaurants where you can relax, watch the other skiers go by, have a strudel and an excellent cup of coffee, or a cup of gluhwein, a warm, spiced wine popular with the Austrians!

The Leutaschtal is unique in that it is primarily for cross-country skiing. With only one ski lift for downhill skiers, the valley remains rural, peaceful and quiet.

At the end of the day, we will return to the hotel, located near the ski trail. This 4-star hotel offers all the amenities to ensure a great trip. After a day of skiing, relaxing in the pool, sauna or solarium can thaw out chilled bones and soothe sore muscles. The hotel staff makes each guest feel welcome and offers genuine hospitality in a relaxed, friendly manner that makes it hard to leave at the end of our stay.


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Additional Information


If you wish to have your own room, there is a single supplement charge. Please let us know if you would like a single at the time of registration. If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate.  If there is no one with whom you can share, there will be a forced single charge of $250.


  • All accommodations with private bath
  • All buffet breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Hearty afternoon snack served at the hotel
  • Buses and trains included in guided ski options
  • Ski pass
  • Ski map
  • Guide/s
  • Great skiing, great memories!


Airfare, transfers to or from the hotel on the first and last days, ski rentals and equipment, race fees, if any, lunches (other than what is served at the hotel), optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on the set dinner menu, beverages, insurance, tips to leaders/guides, items of a personal nature.


Ski rentals are available and easily arranged. The additional cost is about $20 – $25 per day.


This is a hotel-based trip. You are welcome to bring your own skis. Even though you will only need to carry a small day pack during the day, we recommend that you keep your luggage to a size that you can easily manage yourself, especially if you intend to bring skis. See our sample packing list.


For this trip, we will be staying at a very comfortable hotel located in the center of the Leutasch Valley in a hamlet called Kirkplatzal. The hotel is located at the entry point to several ski trails. The rooms are double occupancy with private baths. In the hotel, there is a small lounge area, a bar, and a pleasant dining room. There are also a sauna and an indoor pool. Breakfast buffet, afternoon snack, and dinners are served at the hotel.


We recommend you fly directly into Innsbruck, which is only 30 minutes by train or taxi from the hotel in Leutasch. Munich is another choice for an arrival and departure city. This airport is about 3 hours away by train. There are also airport shuttles that run from the Munich and Innsbruck airports to Leutasch. Before buying your ticket, please call us for more detailed travel information.


This is one of our favorite trips. It’s a great trip for those looking for an active but relaxing European winter vacation. The Leutasch valley is an almost fairy-tale-like setting with broad, open, snow-covered fields dotted with small hamlets and old-world chalets. The area offers a variety of activities that appeal to a wide range of ages and abilities, including cross country skiing, winter walking, sledding, and downhill skiing.


The mountain resort areas of Seefeld and Leutasch offer an amazingly extensive network of cross-country ski, winter walker and rodel (sled) trails. The Alps take on a whole different feel in the winter, when the mountains and villages are blanketed in snow. Taking part in an active European-style winter vacation is wonderfully exhilarating yet peaceful, and well worth experiencing.


Independent travel to our hotel in Leutasch. We will meet as a group at 6:30 pm at the hotel on Day 1.


The trip will end with breakfast at the hotel on the last day.


Please contact us for a more detailed itinerary, for more information, or to register. We're also happy to supply a list of past participants willing to share honest insights into this guided Austria Cross-Country Skiing experience.

Reserving This Trip

A deposit of $500 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 90 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment and no later than 30 days prior to your trip start, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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