Otepää crowned as Estonian Winter Capital

22. December 2009

During yesterday’s winter solstice, Otepää was crowned the Estonian winter capital for the thirteenth time. Otepää is home to Estonia’s largest winter sports centers and here several world-class ski competitions are held each year.

Located two hundred kilometers from Tallinn and forty kilometers from Tartu, Otepää houses the Tehvandi Sport Center, where the most popular skiing tracks in Estonia are located – altogether 12 kilometers of illuminated tracks. Close to Otepää, the seven-sloped Kuutsemägi is open for downhill skiing enthusiasts, whilst the Pühajärve Spa hotel is located next to one of the most beautiful lakes in Estonia.

In addition to skiing, Otepää’s uplands also offer winter visitors snow tubing, ski jumping and skating activities. Sixty kilometers south of the winter capital, Estonia’s highest mountain Suur Munamägi (height 318 meters) stands above the hills – from a tower on the peak of the mountain, a fantastic view of the South-Estonian landscape opens to visitors. 

Tehvandi Sport Center is home to two international skiing events this season – from January 16th to January 17th, the Otepää World Cup in cross-country skiing is held and on February 21st, the 39th Tartu Ski Marathon will take place. Both events give spectators the perfect opportunity to see the best skiers in the world in competition.

Additional information about Otepää can be found from the Otepää Tourism Information Centre (by phone +372 766 1200, by e-mail turism@otepaa.ee). Information about the Tartu Ski Marathon can be found at www.tartumaraton.ee.