Nordic walking in winter
Fast walking with sticks is becoming more and more popular as an all-year sport.
It is, naturally, a good, problem-less way of gaining good body condition also when the cold season comes. Here you will find Nordic Walking Trails that are walkable also in winter.
The easiest and healthiest way of staying fit and enjoying marvellous winter scenery at the same time. This technique, originally developed by cross-country skiers as a training technique, strengthens the heart and is easy on the joints. There are now numerous Nordic Walking Parks in the Southern Tyrol. Not all of them are walkable in the winter. Ice and snow are bad conditions for proper Nordic Walking technique. Where you can also walk in winter, where there are guided tours and equipment for hire, all this we have found out for you.
"Winterproof" Nordic walking areas:
- Alta Badia: Even though there are no guided tours, Alta Badia still offers lovely stretches. For example, from Pedratsches via Weiler St. Leonhard up to the magnificently situated pilgrimage church of the Holy Cross . Walking time: about 1.5 hours. Or from Armentarola via the Störes Meadows to Pralongia (walking time: 2 hours). Sticks can be hired from Sport Toni in La Villa.
- Hochpustertal: There is a new Nordic Fitness Park in Niederdorf as well, with various trails around the spa gardens. These are predominantly easy, well-prepared winter walking paths. You can hire the appropriate equipment in the running shop in Niederdorf. Courses are offered as well. And, in addition, between Innichen and Sexten there is also an easy 5km long trail.
- Around Meran: Of the trails in the Nordic Walking Park near Schenna, three are also walkable in winter. One of them is an easy 4km long stretch from Schenna to Mitterplatt and a difficult 10km circular stretch from Schenna, via Goyen and Vernau castles to Raststein. No guided tours are offered in winter, however.
- Pustertal: All around Bruneck and Olang, you will find excellent possibilities in the new Kronplatz-Dolomites Nature Fitness Park. As well as guided tours, trial courses and workshops are offered.
- Obervinschgau: Around the Reschen Lake there are several Nordic Walking stretches. Among them is a 9km long, medium-difficult route on the Reschen Lake, an easy 6km long variant near St. Valentin, as well as a 3km long easy trail near Graun and Langtaufers for beginners. Guided tours are offered by local ski schools.
- Villnöss: In the new Nordic Fitness Sports Park in Villnöss there are, altogether, nine trails of varying levels of difficulty, with approximately 60km at your disposal. They are partly walkable in winter, depending on snow conditions. Clothing, sticks and pulsometers can be rented on the spot.