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, Italy and Slovenia. 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, Italy and Slovenia – with guaranteed cross-country competence.

Ausseerland Salzkammergut

Ausseerland Salzkammergut

The Ausseerland Salzkammergut cross-country ski region is situated in the heart...
Classic
12 km / 122.9 km
Skating
12 km / 122.9 km
Bodenmais

Bodenmais

144 kilometres of cross-country ski trails with guaranteed snow, heights of...
Classic
53.7 km / 114 km
Skating
48.1 km / 110 km
Three Peaks Dolomites

Three Peaks Dolomites

The Three Peaks Dolomites region in South Tyrol is a paradise for cross-country...
Classic
109 km / 236 km
Skating
120.4 km / 236 km
Dolomites Region Seiser Alm

Dolomites Region Seiser Alm

A cross-country skiing holiday in the Dolomites region of Seiser Alm is a...
Classic
80 km / 80 km
Skating
80 km / 80 km
Filzmoos

Filzmoos

On a cross-country skiing holiday in Filzmoos at the foot of the Dachstein...
Classic
21.9 km / 41.5 km
Skating
14.3 km / 48 km
Lake Fuschl region

Lake Fuschl region

There’s simply something more to discover on a cross-country skiing or ski...
Classic
0 km / 62.7 km
Skating
0 km / 62.7 km
Gastein Valley

Gastein Valley

Set off on a journey through time into the sophisticated Monte Carlo of the Alps...
Classic
28.7 km / 58.7 km
Skating
28.7 km / 50.2 km
Gitschberg-Jochtal

Gitschberg-Jochtal

In the small but fine cross-country skiing region of Gitschberg-Jochtal, both...
Classic
32 km / 37 km
Skating
32 km / 37 km
Großarl Valley

Großarl Valley

Around the hiking village of Großarl and the Bergsteigerdorf® Hüttschlag...
Jezersko

Jezersko

Egal welche Altersklasse oder Könnerstufe: im Langlaufurlaub in Jezersko finden...
Kaiserwinkl

Kaiserwinkl

In the Kaiserwinkl region, you experience an absolutely relaxing winter holiday...
Classic
0 km / 125 km
Skating
0 km / 124 km
Mallnitz

Mallnitz

Mallnitz in Carinthia is a diverse cross-country skiing and ski touring paradise...
Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal | Weissensee

Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal | Weissensee

Nassfeld-Pressegger See - Lesachtal | Weissensee is the perfect region for your...
Classic
8.5 km / 131.5 km
Skating
8.5 km / 141.2 km
Oberstdorf

Oberstdorf

Classic
15.9 km / 71 km
Skating
15.9 km / 67 km
East Tyrol

East Tyrol

Let’s go EAST: on a cross-country skiing holiday in East Tyrol, you can enjoy...
Classic
182.3 km / 374.8 km
Skating
193 km / 371.9 km
Passeiertal Valley

Passeiertal Valley

On your ski touring holiday in the Passeiertal Valley you’ll find a natural...
Paznaun - Ischgl/Galtür

Paznaun - Ischgl/Galtür

You experience a very special winter holiday in snow- and sun-blessed Paznaun in...
Classic
57.9 km / 77 km
Skating
68.7 km / 77 km
PillerseeTal

PillerseeTal

The PillerseeTal in the Kitzbüheler Alps, with its stunning mountain scenery,...
Classic
2.5 km / 293 km
Skating
0 km / 300.9 km
Region Seefeld - Tirols Hochplateau

Region Seefeld - Tirols Hochplateau

On a cross-country skiing holiday on the high plateau in the Seefeld in Tirol...
Classic
78.4 km / 134.2 km
Skating
78.5 km / 117.2 km
Saalfelden Leogang

Saalfelden Leogang

So much variety with just one ticket on your cross-country skiing holiday in...
Classic
9.5 km / 106.6 km
Skating
9.5 km / 106.6 km
Sarntal Valley

Sarntal Valley

Do you want to enjoy cross-country skiing away from the hustle and bustle? Then...
Classic
19 km / 19 km
Skating
19 km / 19 km
Scheidegg

Scheidegg

On a cross-country skiing holiday in Scheidegg you can discover one of Germany’s...
Classic
0 km / 41 km
Skating
0 km / 35 km
Schladming-Dachstein

Schladming-Dachstein

In Ramsau am Dachstein, you skate and ski on cross-country ski tracks where the...
Classic
106.3 km / 125 km
Skating
67.6 km / 95 km
Slovenia

Slovenia

Discover the insider tip in Slovenia: our small neighbour has a major passion...
Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena

Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena

The Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena is situated on the sunny side of the Zugspitze....
Classic
13.7 km / 131.2 km
Skating
13.7 km / 126.2 km
Venosta Nordic

Venosta Nordic

1 cross-country skiing association – 3 countries – 135 km of cross-country ski...
Classic
114.5 km / 174 km
Skating
96.2 km / 121.3 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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