It doesn’t always have to be a mega-quick skating tour, our state-of-the-art sports watches tracking our every movement, so we know exactly how long we took, how many calories we burned and how much rest time we need afterwards.
Cross country as a sort of “hiking on skis“ has its own very individual quality, and indeed a very special attraction. We’re happy for you to join us along the Flachauwinkl trail – the absolute classic for “ski hiking”. By we, I mean my colleague Elisabeth and myself.
All you need to bring with you apart from your equipment is a thermos flask filled with hot tea and a bit of time. Time for mindful exercise, time to look around, time to switch off and time to enjoy.
We join the trail near the Flachau resort centre, just below the Starjet 1 lift station. We head off at a moderate pace in a southerly direction. We enjoy the view of the charming, yet fine historic centre of Flachau, before we tackle a narrower and more demanding trail section on the outskirts of the resort. Around the Restaurant Seestüberl the trail becomes wider and easier once again.
On the bridge after the bathing lake we meet Jürgen and his wife who are on their first holiday in Flachau. The pair are in good spirits and tell us that today was their lucky day. The trail groomer Didi drove right in front of them with his “trail weasel“, freshly grooming the trail, and if you’ve experienced it, you’ll know that a “virgin trail“ is an absolute dream.
We say goodbye to the couple and carry on our tour towards Flachauwinkl. Our joy and motivation know no bounds, as we too can now enjoy the freshly groomed trail. We pass the wayside shrine beneath the Gindlgut, ski through the forest, pass the two Flachauwinkl ski mountains and follow the trail to its end at the Schauphof.
Of course on a “pleasure tour“ such as this, a cosy refreshment stop is a must. This time we’ve decided to stop on the way back at the Restaurant Ofentürl. The hot cheese dumpling soup is particularly fine after extensive physical exercise in wintery temperatures and we can treat ourselves to a tasty hot chocolate with a shot of firewater without a guilty conscience.
Photo credits: Elisabeth Hartl