Having worked for a year in Seefeld for Inghams, I’m a huge advocate of this beautiful and sophisticated winter ski resort. Seefeld in Tirol, Austria is the perfect resort for so many different types of winter holiday experiences. There’s the beginners’ slope for just that, complete beginners! The intermediate slopes for those that like a bit more speed and adventure, and then there’s the winter hiking trails for folks that wish to take things slow. Weaving in and out, as well as around these different areas are the cross country trails for a sport that is gentile in nature… literally, because if the participating people wore top hats they would be sure to tip them as they passed their fellow ‘cross-country enthusiast.’
There are 279kms of freshly groomed cross country trails in this area waiting to be explored and the majority start from Seekirchl, which means Lake Church, and the best thing about this sport is? There is no need for a lift pass! The trails and hiking paths interlace in unison into the snow-dusted pine forests and across the plateau where one can wildlife spot and track nocturnal animal footprints in the snow. I found cross country surprisingly easy to learn, as after a two-hour technique lesson, our group was ready to try it on our own. The hiking paths, cleared and gritted, stretch on for 142kms and give access to some of the most stunning scenery in the Alps. One of my favourites is the 2.5km trail around the Wildsee which is a pretty lake set next to a forest, as it is level all the way around and you’re bound to see some squirrels and birdlife, not to mention the strategically placed Cafe Strandperle that offers the tastiest hot cup of cocoa and apple strudel I ever had.
Seefeld’s alpine skiing consists of 28kms of ski runs and 25 ski lifts over three ski areas. The Geigenbuhel is a small area with two very gentle slopes that are back-to-back, the perfect area for complete beginners. This area is home to three drag lifts, as well as a magic carpet.
The next step up in terms of skiers’ ability is the Gschwandtkopf mountain with wide, gentle blues and a couple of red runs down to the neighbouring village of Reith. The elevation is only 300m and there are 12 lifts, 7 of which are drag lifts, 3 are magic carpets, and 2 chair lifts.
However, the majority of the ski runs are located on the Rosshutte where one can enjoy 22 kms of mostly wide, open blues, a few reds, and a couple of short black runs, which I think are a bit hair-raising as when I went down one I scrapped all the way down it… with my finger nails! 9 lifts are situated on this area, 1 of which is a funicular, 1 cable car, 1 gondola, 3 heated chair lifts and 3 drag lifts. The Reithjoch-Alm, a rustic wooden hut with traditional Austrian charm, is my favourite place to stop for a hearty Austrian meal. It overlooks the resort, lake, and valley beyond.
But the highlight of a stay in Seefeld must be the animal encounters, both the horse and sled ride and the husky excursion. We met Siberian Huskies and walked with them into the forest with snowshoes on our feet, the experience was priceless because it seemed as if they were really taking us for a walk as we panted like dogs. We blamed our unfitness on altitude, of course!
The opportunities for fun days out in Seefeld are so diverse and all deserve a mention but that is another blog for another day so keep watching this space and please do let me know about your ski experiences in Seefeld as I would love to hear from you!
Assistant Product Manager – Austria