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A wonderful experience for body and soul.

Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing in the Murau region not only challenges the muscles but also puts the mind at ease. No less than 20 cross-country ski trails and a total of 170 kilometres of trails in the Murau region and on Kreischberg make this gentle winter sport particularly attractive. What’s more, no less than four cross-country trails in wintry Murau have been awarded the Styrian Cross-Country Ski Trail Seal of Quality.

An extensive network of trails for cross-country skiing enthusiasts

A winter sport that strengthens the upper body, torso and legs at the same time? That's what the Nordic discipline of cross-country skiing does. Especially in the Murau region, the gentle, almost meditative movement over the white glittering snow carpet enjoys great popularity.

By the way: Thanks to the snow-sure location, Nordic sports are possible in the Murau region as early as November. So nothing stands in the way of an early start to cross-country skiing fun in a picturesque landscape!

The most beautiful cross-country ski routes at a glance

At Weirerteich Cross-Country Skiing Centre, between Laßnitz and St. Lambrecht, at the stadium trail in Murau, on the village trail or on the high-altitude trail on Kreischberg: The region’s trail network is extensive and diverse.

Nature at its best: In addition to snow-sure and perfectly groomed trails, numerous natural cross-country skiing routes lead through the Murau region. The best part: They can be used free of charge and are especially suitable for beginners. The looped courses at St. Lorenzen golf course, near Stadl an der Mur, in Ranten or in Karchau/Zeutschach are particularly popular.

Like a pro ...

You’ll feel like a pro at Weirerteich Cross-Country Skiing Centre. That’s where passionate cross-country skiers can get on track with biathlon training. Under expert guidance, you can test a biathlon rifle and immerse yourself in the world of Olympic champion Christoph Sumann.

Certified cross-country ski trails in the Murau region

The Murau region – along with 14 other regions – was awarded the Styrian Cross-Country Ski Trail Seal of Quality. For 20 years already, the region has been priding itself in providing its visitors with a perfect winter sports experience and routes of the finest quality. The best for the best, so to speak, when it comes to this Nordic sport.

Cross-country ski trails that have been awarded the seal of quality must meet the following criteria:

  • Each trail offers cross-country skiers a classic and a skating track.
  • The trails must have a total length of at least 5 km and a width of at least 4 to 6 m.
  • Sufficient signposting with information on the trail’s length, skiing direction and markings from "easy" to "difficult" are a prerequisite.
  • Permanent and immediate grooming of the trails in case of weather changes must be provided.
  • Medical equipment is obligatory.
  • Snow should be guaranteed for at least 60 days of the season.
  • The trail should have one or more starting points or entry points.
  • Signposts with maps showing the area’s complete network of cross-country ski trails must be installed.
  • Information on ski rental and routes should be provided on site.
  • There must be parking spaces in the vicinity of the cross-country ski trail network.

These trails have been awarded the Styrian Cross-Country Ski Trail Seal of Quality


Qualified cross-country skiing instructors are on hand to help beginners learn how to glide down the slopes. In the courses, beginners learn the right technique and can hire the right equipment if required.

Top rental offer: At Sport Maier Nordic Shop, you can rent everything you need to go cross-country skiing.

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