Cross-country skiing in the green heart of Austria is excellent – in the most literal sense of the word. Hans Hörzer has been vice president of the Styrian Ski Association for many years. One of his tasks is to ensure that the highest quality standards are met year after year. As of today, a total of 15 cross-country skiing regions in Styria have received the Cross-Country Ski Trail Seal of Quality.
„It is phenomenal with how much heart and soul our cross-country ski trail operators go about their work. It's the only way these optimal conditions for cross-country skiing can be created.“
Hans Hörzer describes his work as both meaningful and enjoyable. It is up to him to make sure that the Styrian cross-country ski trails are perhaps the best in all of Austria. In this, he says, the Styrian Ski Association has a significant advantage: Styria's nature. Where else are there such optimal conditions for cross-country skiing at the highest level? Up in higher altitudes or down in the valleys: The trails are always perfect, the landscape a winter dream come true, and the services of first-rate quality:
"Every cross-country ski trail must be at least five kilometres long and four to six metres wide. The many helpers who ensure that everything is in mint condition during winter season are also on standby to groom the trails every time the weather changes. And in case natural snowfall doesn't quite suffice, we help out with artificial snowmaking, using state-of-the-art equipment. Every region that fulfils all these criteria and also offers appropriate supporting services receives the Cross-Country Ski Trail Seal of Quality." – Hans Hörzer
There are certain minimum requirements for cross-country skiing regions awarded the Cross-Country Ski Trail Seal of Quality, which are checked regularly:
In addition, there must be one or more starting points or entry points equipped with the following:
That's a whole range of quality criteria – and they are met by a total of 15 cross-country skiing regions in Styria!