This Ramblers Worldwide Holidays cross-country skiing holiday offers either a gentle introduction or more challenging opportunities at Fulpmes in the Austrian Tirol for those who have already got the hang of the basics. The town is set in the lovely Stubaital, where the valley ascends up to the glaciated 3000 plus metre peaks that form the border with Italy.
Most of the skiing is centred in this valley, leading past traditional villages and small towns, often along the banks of the river and over summer grazing meadows dotted with traditional wooden barns. Cafés or "Gasthöfe" offer comfortable breaks and the "Loipen" (prepared cross-country ski tracks) are never far away from a bus stop so that skiers can decide when they’ve achieved enough or whether they are up for more. Better still, the regular local buses are free. A visit to the neighbouring Gschnitz valley can be made by bus, giving a change of scene and more picturesque villages such as Trins to enjoy. A delightful tram ride winding down from Fulpmes to Innsbruck provides a wonderful rest day.