Northern pastime - cross country skiing

Northern pastime - cross country skiing

Source: Jaanus Ree

Cross country skiing is one of the best ways to appreciate the serenity of Estonian forests while bringing peace to the mind and body. The rolling hills in the south and northeast offer tracks for everyone, from beginners to skiing enthusiasts. You can rent equipment and ski into the night under lit tracks, where you may even meet a wild rabbit, fox or deer. Several large ski races take place throughout the winter, so come spectate or join in!

Pühajärve-Kääriku Ski Track

Valga maakond, Pühajärve küla

The 10 km Pühajärve-Kääriku ski track is suitable for both skiers and hikers who want to enjoy the magic of winter. It starts either by the Pühajärve Spa & Holiday Centre or at Kääriku. The 2.5 km Sihva-Kääriku section is lit until 9 pm. The track has a simple relief and is well suited for amateur skiers. In Kääriku, you can continue your skiing hike on the Kääriku ski tracks of different length. You can hire skis from Pühajärve Spa & Conference Centre or the hire centre of Kääriku Ski Stadium. Come and enjoy the magical landscape of Otepää!

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Lähte ski trails

Tartu maakond, Lähte alevik

Lähte ski trails are located in the small town of Lähte, 15 km from Tartu. Ski trails are accessible 24 hours a day for free. Lähte has four ski trails in varying lengths: 5 km, 2.5 km, 2 km and 1 km. During the winter, the ski trails are lit until 9 pm. You can also use a 1.25 km trail with artificial snow. Next to the trails, you find a watch tower. Showers are available in Lähte sports hall nearby.

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Skiing tracks and a sledge slope at Padise

Harju maakond, Padise küla

The tracks and the sledge slope is open only when there is natural snow! Be sure to contact us about the snow situation before coming here! We have tracks of different lengths: 1, 2, 3, 4, and the longest is 6.8 km long. The ski track which is 2.2 km long has lighting which you can turn on by yourself. The main switch is located on the wall (next to the door) of the substation next to the Padise boiler house. The boiler house's staff will turn the lights off. The ski tracks are free of charge! There is a fun sledge slope and sledges at the Kallaste Tourism Farm. It costs 3€ (unless you are staying at the farm) to visit the territory. The price includes using a shower, toilet, and a kitchen, which are located next to the track.

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Lit skiing track in Tõrva

Valga maakond, Tõrva

Tõrva's health tracks forms part of the Estonian network of health tracks. It measures 1.5 km and is lit along its full length. The skiing track can be accessed from the grounds of Tõrva Secondary School. It passes primarily through forests, but also skirts beautiful Lake Vanamõisa. The track is well-tended and lit at night, which is why it is so popular.  There is an information board in front of the school with a map of the track and information about it, as well as details of upcoming events. From the stadium there is a 1 km long marked path to the Härma skiing track, forming a total circuit of 8.1 km. The track in front of the school building is the perfect place for little ones to try skiing for the first time.

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Skiing in Kõrvemaa

Harju maakond, Pillapalu küla

Sportland Kõrvemaa Hike and Ski Resort welcomes you to a skiing holiday!  Be it during day or night! We offer: • skiing equipment rental for adults and children • maintenance for skis • skiing classes • well-maintained ski tracks in various lengths and degrees of difficulty, including a lit short track • if booked beforehand, exciting group hikes • an active snow programme at the weekends Maps of the tracks are available; you can also ask for instructions from the dining hall or ski rental of the resort. You can visit our homepage or come to our centre for the price list of winter offers and services. Come on a skiing holiday in the untouched nature of Estonia!

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Health and ski trails in Palermo, Rakvere

Lääne-Viru maakond, Rakvere

When winter comes, ski trails await you in the health trails in the Palermo forests, in Rakvere. You can ski on the 3 km cross-country track, of which 2.2 km is lighted. If you do not have your own skis, you can rent them from the sports shop RixRatas in the centre of Rakvere, Parkali Street 7. In the summer, health trails in Palermo are open for everyone for Nordic walking, running or biking. You will find more information about the Palermo health trail here. Useful information: Palermo has been popular amongst skiers from the 1930s.  

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Haanja Ski Marathon

Võru maakond, Haanja küla

04.03.2017 - 04.03.2017

The 42nd Haanja Ski Marathon will be held on the first weekend of March. The skiers will ski 42 or 22 km using the classic style. In addition to that a children's skiing competition will be held on the previous night. You can find more information about registering and the marathon from the home page of the Haanja Ski Marathon.

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Tartu Marathon 2017

Throughout Estonia

25.02.2017 - 26.02.2017

The Tartu Marathon is the best known and most popular skiing event of its kind in Estonia. It is held every year on the third Sunday in February and forms part of the international Worldloppet and Estonian Estoloppet cross-country series. The full marathon course through Tartu and Valga counties covers a distance of 63 km, with the shorter route covering 31 km. The marathon is traditionally contested in classic style. Its rules comply with the competition regulations of both the FIS (International Ski Federation) and the ESL (Estonian Ski Association).

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OTEPÄÄ WORLD CUP 2017

Valga maakond, Otepää linn

17.02.2017 - 19.02.2017

Otepää World Cup in cross-country skiing is taking place for the 14th time this year and it attracts friends of winter sports to the winter capital Otepää from 18– 19 February 2017, so they could take part in the largest winter sports event in Estonia. On Saturday, 18 February, the sprint in free technique will take place. On Sunday, 19 February, one of the Estonians' favourites, women's 10 km and men's 15 km mass start in classic technique, which includes the legendary Tehvandi ascent, will take place. The World Cup traditionally begins on Friday night at the Tehvandi Sports Centre stadium, where a ski show and a sprint competition of the maintenance teams will be held.

Last updated : 20.02.2017

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