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Cross-country skiing, ski touring and snowshoeing

Gentle winter sports in the Murau region

When the temperatures drop and the mountains are covered with snow, the Murau region turns into a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. Along numerous cross-country ski trails, fans of the classic or skating technique can put their skills to the test. Diverse routes make ski tourers’ hearts beat faster. And snowshoeing allows you to explore the Murau region when it shows itself in its white Sunday best.

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. A wonderful experience for body and soul.

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.

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. Lorenz 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

Langlaufschulen und Verleihstationen

Damit das Gleiten in der Spur auch jedem Wintersportler leichtfällt, stehen Anfängern qualifizierte Langlauflehrer zur Seite. In den Kursen lernen Einsteiger die richtige Technik und können sich bei Bedarf das passende Equipment ausleihen.

Top-Verleihangebot: Im Nordic-Shop Sport Maier gibt’s alles rund um die Langlaufausrüstung zum Ausleihen. 

Ski touring in the Murau region

The mountains of the Murau region are definitely a place of longing for nature lovers! It’s where you can leave your everyday life behind for once. Simply put on your skins, step into the bindings, and then glide up the mountain step by step.

Ski touring in the Murau region allows you to focus on what truly matters in life. While exploring the eight local mountains, each of which has its own unique charm, you will have numerous opportunities to bask in the beauty of their snow-covered peaks.

Ski touring variety on 8 mountains

Ski touring enthusiasts know that the sport is a perfect blend of mindfulness, physical activity in nature, and fun in the snow. On Frauenalpe, Turracher Höhe, Zirbitzkogel and many other local mountains, you can choose from easy routes for beginners to routes for the more athletically inclined.

Winter hiking & snowshoeing in the Murau region

Climbing the peaks and marvelling at the world from above is not only possible while skiing and snowboarding but also while winter hiking or snowshoeing. With a bit of endurance, willpower and sturdy shoes or even snowshoes, you can explore the snow-covered Murau mountains on foot.

Snowshoe tours through wintry Murau

Hat on your head, gloves on your hands, snowshoes on your feet – and off you go on your hike through wintry Murau. There is one thing we can promise you: You will be rewarded with stunning views of the region’s unique scenery!

Regardless of whether your snowshoe tour takes you into the vast expanse of the Styrian Krakow or leads you through the Nature Park, whether you walk up towards the Kreischberg’s summit or through the Lachtal valley: The sport requires little equipment and makes the hearts of winter sports enthusiasts beat faster.

Snowshoe tours and rental shops

In the Kreischberg region, snowshoe hikers benefit from a diverse range of offers when it comes to walking through the powder-snow on bear paws (snowshoes): There are easy routes for leisurely hikers and intermediate routes that offer a bit more of a challenge. The region’s challenging routes are just the right level of difficulty for seasoned pros.

Exploring Murau on foot: the region’s winter trail network

Numerous hiking routes wind their way through Murau, and while you're putting one foot in front of the other, you'll get to know the little secrets of winter in the region.

Guided winter hikes through Murau

Murau’s winter hiking experts know exactly where the most beautiful trails can be found in the region’s snowy winter paradise:

Winter hiking at Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park

MEX Touren offers guided snowshoe tours to enchanting places in the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park and on Frauenalpe.

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Winter hiking with Richi's Ski School

The experienced hiking guides of Richi's Ski School accompany winter hikers on their way through the snow-covered landscape every day. The route and destination of the guided snowshoe and winter hikes depend on the current weather and snow conditions. The route and time frame are established together with the participants.

Good to know: Snowshoeing is quite easy to learn and requires little equipment. In essence, it’s like winter hiking. The only difference is that the large snowshoes under your feet prevent you from sinking into the snow.

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Rent your equipment from the pros

If you want to walk through the wintry Murau region on snowshoes, there are several rental partners where you can rent your equipment:

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