Achensee is Tirol’s largest lake, and lies in the middle of the Karwendel and Rofan mountains in the centre of Tirol. Cross country skiing in the Achensee region is one of the most popular centres in the 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.

Getting to Achensee by Air

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:

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 Maps

Cross country ski tracks in the Achensee area are spread out in different resorts, but there is a good bus network that allows easy transport to and from them, making enough skiing for a week. The main town of Achensee is Achenkirk which as a good choice of ski tracks, and the other towns of Steinberg, Buchau, Maurach, Wiesling and Pertisau all have something to offer.

Ski Bus Information/Timetable

Here is a copy of the Achensee bus timetable for 2018.
The Achensee Card, which you receive from the hotel upon arrival, is your ticket for the buses and the cross country skiing track.

Guests from Achenkirch, Maurach, Pertisau and Steinberg have free access to public buses in the Achensee region (except to Wiesing and Jenbach), if you present a valid Achensee Card. Guests staying in Wiesing in turn can use free public buses throughout the region of Achensee.

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

Cross Country Ski Tracks/Routes

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, Buchau, Maurach, Pertisau, Steinberg and Wiesing. Please see the links to these individual ski areas to be able to plan your weeks cross country skiing routes.

Cross-country ski trail Buchau to Maurach (see bottom of map above)
Catch the bus from Achenkirch to Buchau. The bus will pull into the swimming pool at Buchau to stop, and this is also a nice area if you wish to have a swim after a workout, or just on your day off.

The track at Buchau has stunning views across the lake to Pertisau and has some gentle ups and downs on the loop which are excellent for beginners to move up to, and skaters to practice without too much of an incline.

For Beginners

Achensee has 2 to 3 blue trails more suited to beginners in Achenkirch.

Also the practice trail at the entrance to the Karwendel valleys in Pertisau, a short bus ride from Archensee, is perfect to practice

Cross Country Ski Rental/Retailers

Equipment rental is available at the various sports shops

Cross Country Ski Races

The Achensee 3-Valleys-Run takes place at the end of February. The course is 14K or 28K free technique and 10K or 33K 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 series.  You can read more about cross country ski races here.

Where to Stay

Here are some links to help you chose a base:

The best options would be either Achenkirch or Pertisau. Achenkirch main town is fairly busy and caters well for the downhillers who are also there. But head for the bottom end of town by the Lake and it is a much quieter location with easy access to the cross country tracks, and bus route.

Hotel Fisherwirt is a a good choice and location for a stay. Their Facebook page is here.

Tour Companies who go to Achensee

Achensee Tourist Office/Resort Information/Twitter/Facebook

Further tourist information