Lake Weissensee, Austria’s highest and clearest swimming lake, turns into Europe’s biggest and consistent frozen surface (6,5 km²) in winter. Therefore it turns into a glassy playground for winter tourists, people who enjoy winter and people who love to ice skate.
The sheet of ice is 40 cm thick and therefore it is perfect for ice skaters, sleighs and winter hikers. 25 km of ice laps, ice stock field, ice hockey fields and 400 m tracks for speed skaters offer enough possibilities for everyone.
The Carinthian Weissensee is a paradise for cross country skiing and has been awarded with the “Carinthian Loipengütesiegel” (award for cross-country skiing tracks).
In the fog free sunny Weissensee valley there are 50 km of cross-country dual tracks and up to 15 km of cross-country skating tracks, therefore the region is one of the most beautiful spots for cross country skiing in Carinthia. Right next to the lake at 930 m above sea level there are various practise tracks for beginners as well as the “Seewiesen” track which is very popular amongst cross-country skiers.Should you want to get higher you can also go on the 10 km Franz-Josephs-Höhe-track or go to the Tschabitscher which is 1.074 above sea level.
The family ski resort Weissensee is the perfect spot for family friendly ski-runs and unhurried skiing. It is an insiders’ tip for families with small children and for everyone who is not looking for ski speedways and who is looking for a laid-back ski resort.
The Weissensee scenery is also stunning in winter. The east part of the lake is like a fjord and very idyllic: You can only find trees on the shore, there are no cars far and wide – the waters are totally natural.
The lake has become famous beyond Austria’s borders for its international ice events. Every year at the end of January about 5000 guests, amongst them the world elite of marathon speed skaters, visit the lake Weissensee to compete at the speed skating competitions of 50, 100 and 200 km at the “Alternative holländischen 11-Städte-Tour".
In February there is also an International Ice golf tournament.