Cross country skiing is a sport for gourmets of nature with a tendency toward quiet. Freshly fallen snow, trees in their winter postcard pose, with the sky boastful in its deepest cobalt blue. Along the trails, the softest sounds of nature can be heard.
Those who are seeking to rack up the miles with a generous portion of athletic ambition are especially well served in the world of groomed trails in the Kronplatz Holiday Region in South Tyrol: it belongs to the Dolomiti NordicSki association, Europe’s largest cross country skiing carousel, and it can call more than just the legendary 300 kilometers (200 miles) of trails its own.
And it is also geared toward all desires and demands of various cross country skiing types: from comfortable, flat, and straight to athletic with multiple tracks and extra room for skaters. Because of this variety, the maintenance of the trails, and the supreme beauty that nature has to offer, the Kronplatz Holiday Region has already achieved coveted awards and enjoys the best evaluations in the media.
The list of attractive cross country ski trails along the valleys and side valleys around the Plan de Corones-Kronplatz in South Tyrol is a long one. Nevertheless, a few specialties are to be “served up”: the precipitous peaks of the Dolomites. The Sass de Putia-Peitlerkofel so close you can touch it: the high-elevation trail on the Passo delle Erbe-Würzjoch at 2,000 m (6,600 ft.) above sea level challenges the body and overwhelms the spirit. Lower down, trails cross through the winter fairy tale woods, such as those in the Val di Rudo-Rautal. The wildly romantic Valle di Casies-Gsieser Tal offers wide cross country ski trails that are always excellently groomed, as well as cozy inns right on the path.