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Cross-country skiing in Altenberg

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Just 5 kilometres from the Czech border lies the cross-country skiing paradise of Altenberg in the Ore Mountains. Over 80 kilometres of cross-country trails of all levels of difficulty make the region around Altenberg a place to be for winter sports enthusiasts. So get on your skis, hit the trails and let's go cross-country skiing in Altenberg!

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The 10 Most Beautiful cross-country ski trails in Altenberg

Langläufer auf dem Kahleberg
Cross-country skiing · Altenberg
Cross-country skiing circular trail Kahleberg (L1)
recommended route Difficulty moderate closed
1
9.4 km
2:20 h
183 m
192 m
The L1 across the Kahleberg area. It is a 9 km long circular trail with refreshments possibilities and a great view from the Kahleberg.
Loipe L2 - Richtung Schellerhau Winter
Cross-country skiing · Altenberg
Altenberg/ Schellerhau - Cross-country skiing circular trail East Ore Mountains (L2)
recommended route Difficulty easy closed
2
6.8 km
1:45 h
83 m
83 m
A comfortable, circular trail - this is ideal for beginners. The tour can also be extended further towards Schellerhau or Kahleberg.
Langlauf in Schellerhau
Cross-country skiing · Altenberg
Altenberg / Schellerhau - circular cross-country skiing trail Pöbelknochen (L3)
recommended route Difficulty moderate closed
1
7.7 km
1:40 h
155 m
130 m
Circular cross-country skiing trail L3 is varied and leads around the Pöbelknochen over the heights of Schellerhau.
Langläufer - Skifahrer im Kahleberggebiet
Cross-country skiing · Altenberg
Cross-country skiing circular trail Scharspitze (L5)
recommended route Difficulty moderate closed
5.7 km
1:25 h
107 m
98 m
The L5 is a circular trail around two of the well-known peaks, the  Scharspitze and the Biwakkuppe. This tour is medium difficult. 
Skifahren auf der Loipe Winter
Cross-country skiing · Altenberg
Altenberg / Rehefeld - Cross-country skiing circular trail Wüster Teich (L4)
recommended route Difficulty moderate closed
5.4 km
1:25 h
96 m
96 m
The circular trail L4 is located away from the main tourist attractions and invites you to "undisturbed" skiing.
Langlaufgebiet Schellerhau - Loipe
Cross-country skiing · Altenberg
Altenberg / Schellerhau - circular Cross-country ski path Wolfshügel (S2)
recommended route Difficulty moderate closed
4.2 km
1:05 h
55 m
55 m
The extension of the cross-country ski trail Pöbelknochen around the Wolfshügel..
Loipeneinstieg Altenberg - Loipenzubringer
Cross-country skiing · Altenberg
Z1 - Loipenzubringer 1 - Altenberg/Kahleberggebiet
recommended route Difficulty moderate closed
1.8 km
0:40 h
80 m
0 m
Z1 - Loipenzubringer 1 Bergglöck´l (Ampelkreuzung Altenberg) - Kreuzung I-Flügel/Evasteig
Winter in Zinnwald
Cross-country skiing · Altenberg
Cross-country ski path Zinnwald (S5)
recommended route Difficulty moderate closed
3.9 km
0:35 h
5 m
128 m
This cross-country ski path  takes you to the Kohlhaukuppe.
Langer Weg Richtung Tellkoppe Winter
Cross-country skiing · Altenberg
Circular Cross-country ski path Tellkoppe (S3)
recommended route Difficulty easy closed
6.7 km
1:21 h
65 m
77 m
Cross-country ski circular path Tellkoppe - an easy tour near Oberbärenburg.
Skifahrer in der Loipe
Cross-country skiing · Altenberg
Altenberg / Bärenfels - Cross-country ski path Spitzberg (S1)
recommended route Difficulty moderate closed
3.4 km
0:55 h
80 m
145 m
This cross-country ski path connects Schellerhau and Bärenfels.
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Altenberg - a winter wonderland in the Ore Mountains

As soon as the first snow falls, the former mining centre of Altenberg is transformed into a fairytale-like winter wonderland. The town itself looks like a postcard motif with its beautiful überzuckerten half-timbered houses. Since the region lies at 800 metres above sea level, it is also considered very snow-sure. As soon as enough fresh snow covers the landscape, the cross-country ski trails are groomed and prepared.

Whoever wants to try out more winter sports besides cross-country skiing is in the right place in Altenberg. Whether you are looking for action-packed skiing or snowboarding, gentle winter sports such as winter hiking or snowshoeing, or a leisurely ride on a horse-drawn sleigh, in Altenberg you will be provided with every winter activity. You don't have any experience in cross-country skiing yet? The ski school Osterzgebirge offers courses for beginners, where you can quickly learn the necessary cross-country skiing skills. 

Cross-country ski trails at Kahleberg

For those who have just started cross-country skiing, try the easier trails that Altenberg has to offer. These include the Osterzgebirge circular trail (L2). The route begins at the Altenberg campsite cross-country car park and runs for seven kilometres through a picturesque winter landscape in the forest. What is particularly nice is that this loop is designed both for the classic style and for skating.

You will also pass the Great Gallows Pond, which was created in the Middle Ages for tin mining in the area and is now a popular destination for nature activities. If you are already more confident, this route gives you the opportunity to extend your run by turning off onto intersecting cross-country trails such as the Kahleberg circular trail (L1)

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For the Kahleberg circular trail (L1), your cross-country skiing skills should be a little more advanced - regardless of whether you prefer skating or classic - because more difficult sections await you. You have to plan for about 183 metres of ascents and the associated descents. You will need about two hours and twenty minutes for this loop. You start at the Zinnwald cross-country skiing trail car park and after a few metres you will pass the well-known Biathlon Sparkassen Arena.

The trail then leads you parallel to the Schneise 30 to a beautiful stretch across the snow-covered high moorland meadows to the Georgenfelder Hochmoor. The highlight of the tour is a detour to the Kahleberg itself. From there you have a wonderful view over Altenberg and, in good weather, all the way to Dresden. There are also several places to stop along the way where you can warm up and fortify yourself.

Cross-country skiing to the peaks

You can reach two summits at once on the Pöbelknochen circular trail (L3). Whether skating or classic style, this circular trail has a lot in store for you. You start at the Botanischer Garten cross-country skiing trail car park and follow the country lane to the Alte Zinnstra;e. When you cross this, there is an ascent and you have the option of turning off onto the L2 and continuing to the Kahleberg. The L3 follows a different route and takes you to the peaks of the Pöbelknochen and the Stephanshöhe.

On the Pöbelknochen circular trail, you can expect some sections that require more advanced cross-country skiing skills. The climbs require a certain level of fitness, while the descents will test your skiing experience. However, the wonderful view from the summits and the wintry tranquillity of nature during your cross-country skiing quickly compensate for the difficulties on the trail. And if you need a break along the way, stop off at the Bergklause inn, for example.

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Altenberg/ Schellerhau - Cross-country skiing circular trail East Ore Mountains (L2) by Christina
February 13, 2022 · Community
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Altenberg / Schellerhau - circular cross-country skiing trail Pöbelknochen (L3) by Christina
February 13, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? February 13, 2022
Cross-country skiing circular trail Kahleberg (L1) by Tom
February 05, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? January 22, 2022
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