Single trails are the icing on the cake. At least for mountain bikers! There are so many attractive downhill trails to get excited about in Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost province.
The unspoilt single trail with a medium level of difficulty begins at the Rossalmhütte cottage at 1,900 m altitude below the Kaiserburg mountain station and ends at the Feldpannalm. Connected to the T20 Trail it leads along the entire course of the Feldpann stream.
An appealing trail along the Feldpann stream through varied vegetation. Ground conditions: upper section is a cart track with loose, stony ground. The lower section of the trail leads over meadows and forest floors, some passages alternate gravel with wet ground.
The Weissensee holiday region has become even more attractive to mountain bikers with this new trail. The 3.2 kilometres cover mostly natural and hardly any man-made sections – no exposed passages but lots of steep curves and numerous tablets. This technically demanding trail starts at the Naggleralm and can be comfortably reached by cable car. On the way down there are unobstructed breath-taking views over the lake all the way.
areaone MTB training area: for mountain bikers and all those who aspire to be. Carinthia has a new mountain bike attraction: In summer 2016 areaone, the first training area for mountain bikers in all of Carinthia, was opened at Kumitzberg in Villach. Beginners and professionals are all welcome – there are three different levels of difficulty to choose from. These range from an easy trail for warming up to a difficult balance area and a jump over a five metre long gap. Fun and challenges are absolutely guaranteed for all levels of ability. The six different practice trails have a length of between 100 and 400 metres, and in addition there is a practise area for your riding technique. Use of the area is free of charge, and anyone who is interested can book a guided technique course.
Carinthia’s mountain biking countryside has a new attraction: The new Kopain Trail on Lake Faaker See is a new hotspot for experienced and adventure-seeking bikers. The 1.8 kilometre long trail is very varied – in the first two sections the tour leads over an idyllic single trail straight through the forest, the third section will give you a shot of adrenaline with jumps, waves and steep bends. A successful conclusion to this tour needs a short trip to one of the nearby culinary establishments and maybe also – depending on the season – a refreshing dip in the waters of Lake Faaker See. And that is by no means all; two more trails will be opening up nearby in the next few weeks!
The starting point is directly at the Feldpannalm at 1,500 m altitude and leads to the toll gate (1,000 m altitude). The trail leads mostly through forest, is technically demanding, full of tree roots and some stony passages. A straight, uncompromising narrow path. Facts: 2.8 km, 500 m vertical descent (to the valley 5.8 km in total, 750 m vertical descent) Level of difficulty: red/black (S 2)
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With biking, our personal boundaries always accompany us and we push them to the limit, but when we travel it is national boundaries which are somehow so attractive. Finding a breath-taking trail which combines these experiences is like striking gold, but this is the track over the Malurch which connects the Austrian Nassfeld to the neighbouring village of Pontebba in Italy. Once cut out of the rocks by soldiers, today the border trail gives us a technically demanding downhill route along dizzying heights, at the end of which Italian specialities await as a reward. Special biker hotels and guesthouses, wellness hotels, alpine cottages with regional delicacies or light snacks on over 20 alpine meadows in Austria and Italy. Aside from the Malurch Trail there are a further 6 natural trails with lengths between 1.1 and 4 km that were authorised and signposted in 2016. All of them can be ideally reached by cable car.