Cross-country skiing is a Nordic winter sport that is gaining in popularity around the globe. When cross-country skiing, one does not only move downslope but also upslope on the rebound. As it engages almost all muscle groups, cross-country skiing is considered to be a highly recommended sport in terms of health and to be a popular leisure and holiday activity by many tourists and athletes. That is why many winter tourist areas offer long, high-quality ski tracks in various categories throughout nature.
The Seiser Alm is part of the cross-country skiing area of Dolomiti Nordicski and thus part of the largest cross-country ski area in Europe. Anyone who wants to concentrate on the largest mountain plateau in Europe the long run is in the the right place on the trails of Alpe di Siuse, with 80 km of perfectly prepared trails of varying difficulty. The top athletes of the Italian, Swedish and Norwegian national teams have used the perfectly prepared trails of the Alpe di Siuse for years for their training for major competitions. The cross-country slopes are prepared two to four times and run through the beautiful natural scenery of the Seiser Alm. Whether skating or classic, professionals and beginners will find the right trail amongst the wide selection. For beginners a 2 km long exercise trail is available, enabling you to get a taste and develop a feel for cross-country skiing. For the more experienced, there is the Giogo trail. This is a trail on which the pros can get their money's worth. 80 km cross-country trails for all levels, surrounded by the Dolomites (a UNESCO World Natural Heritage area) this is a place which is always worth discovering on cross-county skiers.
When the snow glistens in the moonlight and torches illuminate the circular trails from start to finish; this is when the annual Moonlight Classic takes place on the Seiser Alm. This cross-country race is a night-time sporting competition and an international showdown of the highest international level, on Europe's largest high alpine pasture in the heart of the Dolomites. Participants can choose between the 15 and the 30-kilometer route that is raced in the classic diagonal style. The starting signal for the cross-country race at night is fired at 20:00. Every year, many spectators cheer on the athletes who glide across the sparkling winter wonderland. After the winner has been decided, the party continues with traditional food and music.
Hochpustertal is located north-east of South Tyrol, close to Innichen, Toblach and Sexten, proudly offering 200km of trails which are extensively interconnected. The Nordic Arena in Toblach is, as well as being a major focal point, also the venue for major competitions such as the Tour de Ski. From Toblach you can walk west up to Niederdorf and see the breathtakingly romantic and beautiful Lake Prags. If you choose the trail to Sexten, you reach head towards the imposing Three Peaks via the quaint Fischlein Valley. From Toblach, there is also a largely easy-to-cross trail heading south. This impressive route leads through Höhlensteintal to Cortina d'Ampezzo. Hochpustertal belongs to Dolomiti Nordicski, a cross-country network of 1,300 km of tracks, spread across East Tyrol, South Tyrol and the Veneto.
With the Pustertaler Ski Marathon and the cross-country Dobbiaco-Cortina race, two internationally renowned people's cross-country ski events take place annualy. The Pustertaler Ski Marathon takes place in January, with a distance of 60km from Prags to Sexten. Toblach Cortina The CLASSIC RACE Toblach-Cortina with a distance of 50km is part of the famous SKI CLASSICS – THE LONG DISTANCE SKI CHAMPIONSHIP".