Best cross-country ski resorts

There’s a whole other world to discover behind the crowded lifts at the downhill ski areas. Strap on your cross-country skis to discover hundreds of kilometres of trails that wind through serene mountain landscapes. No noise or crowds or queueing, only the sounds of nature and your own breathing as you push yourself and test your limits.

© Cauterets
France, Cauterets

Nestled in the heart of the Pyrenees, the spa resort of Cauterets is an elegant town with lots to see and do. The Pont d’Espagne area has cross-country trails surrounded by small lakes and magical frozen waterfalls. Read more...

  • 37km of nordic skiing trails
  • Easy to reach from Lourdes airport
  • Lovely town with historical sites
© Cordon
France, Cordon

It’s hard to beat this view of Mont Blanc, the reason for Cordon’s nickname, the “balcony of Mont Blanc.” Nordic skiers have access to the huge Mont Blanc Evasion ski area, whose trails wind through quiet wooded landscapes. Read more...

  • 240km of cross-country trails in Mont Blanc Evasion ski area
  • Perfect for families
  • Old-fashioned village with church and nearby castle
© Autrans
France, Autrans

The nordic trails of Autrans-Méaudre in Vercors meander through 200km of forests, valleys and hidden nooks and crannies. Families will feel right at home in the picturesque village of Autrans with its classic alpine huts. Read more...

  • “French capital of cross-country skiing”
  • Family-friendly
  • 200km of trails
© St. Moritz
Switzerland, St. Moritz

St. Moritz’s sprawling cross-country ski area boasts an exceptional diversity of trails, from racing circuits to glaciers, frozen lakes and valleys. It’s no wonder the resort considers itself the Alpine home of winter sports! Read more...

  • 230km of trails in Engadin-St. Moritz ski area
  • Long history of winter sports
  • High-class hotels, restaurants and nightlife
© Lans en Vercors

Nordic trails through the trees at Lans en Vercors give onto open plateaux with panoramic views of the Vercors mountain range. The village is rich in history, and the caves and mediaeval villages nearby just beg to be explored. Read more...

  • 90km of trails within Vercors Nature Park
  • Good choice for children
  • Family-friendly
© Seefeld
Austria, Seefeld

Seefeld is the upcoming venue for 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and 3-time former venue for the Olympic Nordic disciplines. The cross-country ski area has reliable snow, good signposting and mountain huts along the way. Read more...

  • Over 270km of trails for every level
  • Stylish ski resort town
  • Dog-friendly, adaptive and night skiing trails
© Obertilliach
Austria, Obertilliach

Obertilliach village has its origins in the 11th century. As part of the Hochpustertal ski area, the high-altitude town gives access to beautiful trails with views of the Dolomites. Ski season starts early and ends late. Read more...

  • Part of the Hochpustertal ski area with 160km of trails
  • Professional-calibre biathlon training ground
  • Romantic setting yet family-friendly
© Les Rousses
France, Les Rousses

The ski area of Les Rousses is located on the French-Swiss border. Cosy and family-oriented, the peaceful cross-country trails give views of Mont Blanc and the Lake Geneva valley. Discover the region’s four unique villages. Read more...

  • 220km of cross-country skiing trails
  • Annual cross-country skiing races
  • Historical area with lots of attractions
© Davos-Klosters
Switzerland, Davos/Klosters

The towns of Davos and Klosters have something for everybody, whether you are in search of lively nightlife or a calm holiday. Nordic skiing is free, with 146km of classic and skating trails plus, of course, dog-friendly trails! Read more...

  • 146km of cross-country trails including FIS routes
  • Origins as a spa town and a monastery
  • Popular with the British royal family
© Toblach
Italy, Toblach

Otherwise known as Dobbiaco, the ski area of Toblach links up with the Three Peaks for an additional 80km of nordic trails. The impressive ski area has produced its fair share of professional cross-country ski racers. Read more...

  • 120km of groomed nordic trails at Toblach alone
  • World Cup venue
  • Views of the Dolomites