Cross-country & family – active holiday for the whole family

Cross-country skiing fun for young & old

It’s a balancing act on a snow-covered tightrope: how can you make sure that the whole family – from young to old – can enjoy a cross-country skiing holiday to the full? The solution is simple: Cross Country Ski Holidays. Because your hosts are specialised in cross-country skiing & families and know the wishes and needs of children and their parents. Both on and away from the cross-country ski trails.

Cross-country skiing with the family

Family time is ... time for each other

And also time for yourself. For passions and hobbies, for active relaxation and meditative calm. The mountains offer the perfect setting for your well-earned time-out – and the ideal play area for active family time.

Our Cross Country & Family Hotels


Speaking of time: the time when cross-country skiing was considered to be a boring sport for old people is long gone! Nordic skiing is incredibly popular and is winning over increasing numbers of younger people. A full-body workout, endurance training, balance training, no expensive lift passes, enjoying nature away from the masses and away from the alpine ski circus – the benefits speak for themselves.

But how can you awaken a passion for cross-country skiing in your own children? How do you encourage youngsters to try out traditional gliding and teenagers to skate through snowy woods?


7 tips for unadulterated cross-country enjoyment with kids

  • Starting off with some games makes it more fun! Short games of skill, sweet rewards and fun competitions enhance motivation.
  • Incorporate funny stories to get them moving: Can you walk like a penguin? Crouch down like a frog or glide on one leg like a stork?
  • Find easy and short beginners‘ trails to start with – with some gentle hills and bends for variety. There’s always something to discover on the forest trails.
  • Having the right equipment is essential – cold fingers or toes will quickly dampen the mood.
  • Practice braking to minimise energy-sapping falls that will decrease the fun factor.
  • Children have fun with other children – ask about courses for children!
  • Childcare is undoubtedly a good alternative if you want to tackle a longer route!

And don’t worry: in Scandinavia children start skiing on the narrow boards as soon as they can stand! Over here, cross-county skiing clubs recommend that children start between the ages of 4 and 6. For the youngest ones there is practical equipment available such as sledges and special pushchairs, so the whole family can enjoy having outdoor fun together on the trails! Once the ice has been broken, there is nothing to stop the release of shared happiness hormones in an unspoiled, snow-covered winter landscape


Children’s programme: guaranteed fun in the snow!

Discover the nicest family-friendly Cross Country Ski Holidays regions in Austria, Germany and Italy. Some of them impress with family-friendly hotels, some with wellness offerings and heated pools for quality family time after winter sports, and others even have their own cross-country ski trails for children that are ideally suited to smaller steps. A varied children’s programme and childcare are also offered several times a week. So young guests will have plenty of fun – and parents have time to enjoy some challenging cross-country skiing routes or ski tours.

illuminated night cross-country ski trails

In some Nordic centres (e.g. in the Bavarian Forest) there is a great deal for children to discover, such as zigzag courses or bumps. In many renowned cross-country skiing regions, particularly in Austria and South Germany, you’ll also find a range of child-friendly cross-country ski trails without any steep ascents or descents e.g. in Seefeld, Dachstein or the Nassfeld - Lake Pressegg – Lesach Valley | Weissensee region.

Extra tip: Young night owls love being allowed to stay up late on a winter holiday to make a few rounds on the illuminated night cross-country ski trails. It’s exactly what the best holiday stories are made from.


Choose your favourite cross-country skiing region

Discover the most beautiful cross-country skiing regions of the Alps in Austria, Germany and Italy – with guaranteed cross-country competence.

Altenmarkt-Zauchensee

Altenmarkt-Zauchensee

Glide through unspoiled winter landscapes – you can experience genuine...
Classic
87.7 km / 125 km
Skating
87.7 km / 125 km
Ausseerland - Salzkammergut

Ausseerland - Salzkammergut

The Ausseerland - Salzkammergut cross-country ski region is situated in the...
Classic
95.4 km / 132.5 km
Skating
99.8 km / 132.5 km
Bavarian Forest

Bavarian Forest

For cross-country skiers, the Bavarian Forest is the perfect place because it is...
Classic
31 km / 114 km
Skating
31 km / 110 km
Three Peaks Dolomites

Three Peaks Dolomites

The Three Peaks Dolomites region in South Tyrol is a paradise for cross-country...
Classic
48.4 km / 236 km
Skating
48.4 km / 236 km
Seiser Alm holiday area

Seiser Alm holiday area

80 kilometres of perfectly groomed cross-country ski tracks lead across Europe's...
Classic
34.4 km / 80 km
Skating
34.4 km / 80 km
Lake Fuschl region

Lake Fuschl region

The Lake Fuschl holiday region is a real cross-country ski and biathlon...
Classic
32.1 km / 62.5 km
Skating
31.8 km / 58.5 km
Gastein Valley

Gastein Valley

In Gastein you’ll find more than 45 km of groomed and well-prepared...
Classic
16.2 km / 42.8 km
Skating
16.2 km / 34.3 km
Kaiserwinkl

Kaiserwinkl

In the Kaiserwinkl region, you experience an absolutely relaxing winter holiday...
Classic
21 km / 121 km
Skating
21 km / 119.5 km
Mallnitz

Mallnitz

Mallnitz in Carinthia is a diverse cross-country skiing and ski touring paradise...
Classic
18.6 km / 25 km
Skating
22 km / 25 km
Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal | Weissensee

Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal | Weissensee

Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal | Weissensee is the perfect region for your...
Classic
42.8 km / 76.3 km
Skating
46.7 km / 86 km
Niederthai in the Ötztal Valley

Niederthai in the Ötztal Valley

Optimal altitude, snow guaranteed and a diverse winter sports programme make the...
Classic
0 km / 17 km
Skating
0 km / 17 km
Olympiaregion Seefeld

Olympiaregion Seefeld

Olympiaregion Seefeld is one of the best cross-country ski regions in the world....
Classic
78.2 km / 134.9 km
Skating
70.8 km / 112.6 km
East Tyrol

East Tyrol

In the cross-country skiing paradise of East Tyrol, you are right in the middle...
Classic
33.1 km / 405.9 km
Skating
33.1 km / 393 km
Paznaun - Ischgl/Galtür

Paznaun - Ischgl/Galtür

You experience a very special winter holiday in snow- and sun-blessed Paznaun in...
Classic
25 km / 73.4 km
Skating
25 km / 74.4 km
PillerseeTal

PillerseeTal

The PillerseeTal in the Kitzbüheler Alps, with its stunning mountain scenery,...
Classic
172.7 km / 375.75 km
Skating
202.8 km / 382.7 km
Radstadt

Radstadt

The cross-country skiing stronghold of Radstadt is the ideal place for winter...
Classic
87.7 km / 125 km
Skating
87.7 km / 125 km
Saalfelden Leogang

Saalfelden Leogang

Saalfelden Leogang in Salzburger Land offers an extensive winter sports...
Classic
48.7 km / 106.6 km
Skating
61.9 km / 106.6 km
Salzburger Sportwelt

Salzburger Sportwelt

Diverse, well-groomed cross-country ski track kilometres, on which you can...
Classic
129.6 km / 303.2 km
Skating
199.8 km / 303.2 km
Scheidegg

Scheidegg

Scheidegg, the sun terrace above Lake Constance, offers pure winter fun. As...
Classic
7.9 km / 41 km
Skating
7.9 km / 35 km
Schladming-Dachstein

Schladming-Dachstein

In Ramsau am Dachstein, you skate and ski on cross-country ski tracks where the...
Classic
51.2 km / 220 km
Skating
37.7 km / 105 km
Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena

Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena

The Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena is situated on the sunny side of the Zugspitze....
Classic
0 km / 131.2 km
Skating
0 km / 131.2 km
Val di Fiemme

Val di Fiemme

The Italian Val di Fiemme has been hosting the Nordic Ski World Cup three times...
Classic
2.5 km / 107.8 km
Skating
2.5 km / 107.8 km

Cross-country skiing

Trust the experts in cross-country skiing & families

The Cross Country Ski Holidays Hotels are specialists in turning your winter holiday on cross-country and touring skis into an unforgettable experience. Experience top quality and Nordic competence in one place. They share your passion for cross-country skiing – so you’re in good hands here.

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