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PillerseeTal: Where Your Winter Adventures Await

Nestled in the heart of the Kitzbüheler Alps, the PillerseeTal in Austria is a destination that attracts adventure enthusiasts throughout the year. Whether you’re a cross-country skiing enthusiast or a biathlon fan, this enchanting region offers many experiences that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Welcome to Tyrol’s region richest in snow.

Photo: DeFrancesco

The PillerseeTal Experience

The PillerseeTal comprises five towns and 10,000 inhabitants, creating the perfect blend of tradition and diverse experiences.

Fieberbrunn, Hochfilzen, St. Jakob in Haus, St. Ulrich am Pillersee, and Waidring combine to provide a unique stage for creating remarkable memories.

Video Credits: PillerseeTal

A Hub for Cross-Country Skiers and Biathletes

The PillerseeTal is celebrated as a mecca for cross-country skiers and biathletes. Hochfilzen, a charming town in the region, has been the stage for three Biathlon World Championships, and the annual World Cup event has graced its trails since 1996. The area has nurtured professional athletes like Dominik Landertinger, who began their cross-country skiing journey there. The Nordic expertise extends throughout the valley, encompassing Fieberbrunn, St. Jakob in Haus, St. Ulrich am Pillersee, and Waidring.

The valley boasts well-maintained tracks, top-tier training facilities, and an array of events dedicated to biathlon and cross-country skiing. With abundant snow, it’s a paradise for ski tourers, winter hikers, and snowshoers, offering ideal conditions for those who seek outdoor adventure.

Unforgettable Cross-Country Skiing in the PillerseeTal

The PillerseeTal stands out as a cross-country skier’s paradise, boasting a network of over 100 kilometers of well-groomed trails. Each of the five towns in the region – Fieberbrunn, Hochfilzen, St. Jakob in Haus, St. Ulrich am Pillersee, and Waidring – offers trails that bear the quality seal of cross-country trails in Tyrol. These trails are often GPS-tracked, ensuring a premium experience.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned skier, there’s a track to suit your abilities. Access to the entire PillerseeTal network of trails starts at just 8 euros per person per day. The region also offers excellent infrastructure for cross-country skiing enthusiasts, with seven rental and service shops. Guests can conveniently pick up their equipment and travel between locations on the ski bus. For those who prefer a sport-focused stay, designated cross-country skiing accommodations provide everything you could desire, from drying rooms to up-to-date recommendations.

Photo: Tourismusverband PillerseeTal/Mirja Geh


Technique Training at Cross Park Pillersee

The Cross Park in St. Ulrich am Pillersee is the first permanent cross-country skiing park in the region, offering a variety of stations for individual training, including jumps, wave tracks, and steep turns. Skiers of all levels can refine their techniques here, while beginners and children can have a playful introduction to the Nordic sport. Admission to the Cross Park Pillersee is included in the cross-country skiing ticket.

Experience the Nordic Spirit Festival

On December 17, the Nordic Spirit cross-country skiing festival sets the stage for both beginners and advanced skiers. Free training sessions with professionals from the Nordic Academy are available. The festival also marks the inauguration of the solar-powered trail, accompanied by delightful culinary offerings and musical entertainment. For those in search of the latest equipment, Fischer and Madshus showcase their innovations, allowing visitors to test them on-site. During the Nordic Spirit event, all the approximately 100 kilometers of trails in the PillerseeTal can be used for free.

Photo: DeFrancesco

Biathlon Excitement in the PillerseeTal

The PillerseeTal has earned its reputation as one of Europe’s biathlon strongholds. With three World Championships and the annual World Cup in Hochfilzen since 1996, it’s a biathlon hub. From December 8 to 10, 2023, you can be there in person to cheer on your favorite athletes. If you’re eager to experience the thrill yourself, guest biathlon sessions are available at the Nordic Academy in Hochfilzen every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This exciting sport combines cross-country skiing and shooting. Once you’ve mastered the basics, look forward to your first competition, with the annual People’s Biathlon happening on March 10, 2024, in Hochfilzen. The event welcomes individual and group competitors. Young talent is also encouraged, with the Kids nordix Team Biathlon for children and teenagers up to 14 years old.

Guest biathlon – Photo: Sportalpen

Explore Biathlon at the World Championship Trail

The 15-kilometer Biathlon World Championship Trail offers an opportunity to delve deeper into the sport. This path leads from the center of Hochfilzen to the stadium where the biathlon stars compete. Along the path’s 12 stations, display panels provide intriguing facts about biathlon. By scanning QR codes with your smartphone, you can access additional online content and even earn a medal from the community of Hochfilzen or one of the tourism offices in the PillerseeTal. Some stations offer augmented reality elements, adding an extra layer of excitement to your journey.

Biathlon World Championships Trail – Hochfilzen. Photo: Mirja Geh

Summer Adventures in the PillerseeTal

In the summer, the PillerseeTal transforms into a paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners. With over 100 kilometers of cleared trails and numerous mountain huts, you can explore the breathtaking Alpine landscapes. Guided hikes, some illuminated by torchlight and others accompanied by animal friends, offer unique perspectives on the landscape. For those who prefer solitude, snowshoeing is a great option, with guided tours available, including the winter smokehouse experience with a workshop and forest walk. For trail runners, the PillerseeTal is the place for Austria’s longest Ultratrail event, the KAT100 by UTMB.

Traveling to the PillerseeTal: Easy and Car-Free

If you arrive in the PillerseeTal by train, you have three train stations to choose from: Fieberbrunn, Pfaffenschwendt, and Hochfilzen. Guests are provided with a free shuttle service to their accommodations, and the guest card automatically serves as a ticket for all regional buses and local trains between Hochfilzen and Wörgl (Kirchbichl).

For more information and to plan your visit, go to the website or reach out to the PillerseeTal – Kitzbühel Alps Tourism Association at Village Square 1, A-6391 Fieberbrunn, Tel. +43 (0)5354 / 563 04, info@pillerseetal.at, or visit www.PillerseeTal.at.

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