Achensee is Tirol’s largest lake, and lies in the midst of the Karwendel and Rofan mountains in the centre of Tirol. The region is one of the most popular cross-country skiing centres in Tirol and boasts more than 200 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails. The terrain is gently undulating along the shoreline and more challenging in the Karwendel valleys. However, overall the 200k are in different resorts, and not joined together.

There is a very good local ski bus network that allows easy transport to and from these other areas, however, making enough skiing for a week. See the resorts mentioned below.

You will find an interactive map of the groomed cross country ski trails, with detailed route information, GPS data as well as a daily updated weather forecast and snow report. Modern snow-making systems cover about 40 kilometres of tracks, ensuring great conditions throughout the entire winter season. Ski tracks are prepared in Achenkirch, Maurach, Pertisau, Steinberg and Wiesing.

The most scenic cross-country trails in the Achensee region: 

Please see the links to these individual ski areas to be able to plan your weeks cross country skiing routes.

How to Get to Achensee – Airport

Its good location means the Achensee region is close to Innsbruck airport (45km, 45min away), Salzburg airport (150km, 1h 30min away) and Munich airport (175km, 2h away).

Transfer to Achensee from the Airport – Taxi

Transfers from (Innsbruck, Salzburg or Munich) can be ordered via:


Ski Buses

The AchenseeCard, which you will receive from your landlord upon arrival, is your free ticket.

Guests from Achenkirch, Maurach, Pertisau and Steinberg drive free in the Achensee region (except to Wiesing and Jenbach) with the public buses, if they present a valid AchenseeCard. Guests staying in Wiesing in turn can use free public buses throughout the region Achensee.

Even your transfer to and from the train station in Jenbach to Achensee & back is free of charge when you show the driver your accommodation reservation confirmation.

Here is a copy of the Achensee bus timetable for 2018.

Start of the Season

The opening of the cross country ski season is on the 16th December 2018. Near to the Alpen Caravan Park in Achenkirch you can participate in technical courses and workshops for beginners and advanced skiers, and you can learn how to wax your own skis under professional supervision.

Cross Country Ski Race

At the end of February the Achensee 3-Valleys-Run takes place. The course is 30K or 15 K for skaters and 3K or 11K for classic. It leaves from Pertisau into the three Karwendel valleys – Falzthurntal, Gerntal and Dristenau. The Achensee 3-Valleys-Race is part of austria loppet and is a euroloppet Partner Race.


  • The practice trail at the entrance to the Karwendel valleys in Pertisau is perfect to practice starting and braking
  • Equipment rental available at our sports shops
  • Overview of trails available at

Achensee itself has 2 – 3 blue trails more suited to beginners.