Cross-Country Trails - Leutasch & Scharnitz
Leutasch may be overshadowed for most of the year by the better-known neighbours in Seefeld. But when it comes to cross-country skiing, the community (to be more precise, the valley) can more than hold its own.
The Leutasch valley is part of what makes the Seefeld plateau one of the world's top destinations for Nordic skiing - with lengthy trails of all standards surrounded by the picturesque scenery of the Wetterstein and Mieminger ranges of mountains.
The hamlets dotted up and down the valley also mean that there is never far to go for a warming cup of tea (or mulled wine!) or to a bus stop if the trail chosen has been a bit too ambitious.
Weidach is the biggest settlement in the valley and the location of the ski school, many hire shops and the small downhill skiing area. But any of the settlements in the upper or lower Leutasch valley are suitable for cross-country skiers as they all have trails running through or past them and are connected by bus services.
Off in the upper Leutasch valley are a mixture of blue and red trails which head towards the scenic Gais valley (the trail up into the Gais valley is a black run, but there is also a walking trail through to one of the mountain huts) or to Moos at the base of the Hohe Munde.
Between Moos and the Wildmoos area (detailed on the Seefeld map) there are some good expert and intermediate routes.
Scharnitz is stuck a little bit on its own near the German border on the main road through to Garmisch and Munich. But it has some excellent and easy trails out towards Giessenbach or over the border into Germany, where the trails also join up with those coming from Mittenwald. To the east of the village is the lovely winter walking and snowshoeing area of the entrance to the Karwendel alpine park.
More information about cross-country skiing in Seefeld and Mösern