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Overview

Seefeld is a compact, beautiful village set on a sunny shelf which accesses three different local ski areas. It is only half an hour from Innsbruck. It has a great reputation as a friendly, lively, stylish resort ideally suited to beginners and early intermediates, and is especially popular with cross country skiers.

Profile

Seefeld is only half an hour from Innsbruck. It has a great reputation as a friendly, lively, stylish resort ideally suited to beginners and early intermediates, and is especially popular with cross-country skiers who will enjoy the 250kms of tracks including those built for the 1976 Olympic Winter Games and the 1985 World Championships. The town exudes Tirolean charm but also offers several luxury hotels — modern and historic — a casino, and a luxury health centre.

Mountain Information

The skiing is centred on three areas which must all be reached by the free ski bus. The Gschwandkopf is beginners and cautious intermediates’ hill which is criss-crossed by eight main blue runs and of all different length and incline, and two medium length red runs down towards the main valley. It is served 8 chairlifts and tows. The Seefelderjoch and Hamelkopf mountains have the Rosshutte area as mid station. These runs are a marginally steeper with short, but slightly more challenging reds higher up, but nothing an intermediate would not take in their stride, although they do become quite mogulled and bumpy. A long picturesque gondola ride to the top station on the Hamelkopf offers a long, excellent red run to the lowest base station. There are some seriously steep off pistes off this mountain. The third area is Geigenbuhel which has just two short blue runs. Overall Seefeld is an area best suited to beginners and very early intermediates.

Apres Ski

Seefeld is very well served with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. It is a popular summer mountain and lakes resort as well. In town the Klosterbrau is a former 16th century monastery which is now a five star hotel complete with indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a Roman sauna. Otherwise there are dozens of good four stars plus many smaller pensions and gasthofs. Many of the bars are part of hotels, but there is usually plenty going on to suit all tastes. The Nanni and Moccamhule are regular recommendations for early evening apres ski. There are a fair range of non skiing activities. Innsbruck is half an hour away, but Seefeld itself offers a highly recommended swimming pool which is in the Olympia Sports Centre which also has an ice rink. There is a curling rink with 40 lanes; squash and tennis, indoor riding, a fitness studio and a golf range.

Resort Information • Seefeld

Resort Height Resort Height 1200m
Top Station Top Station 2100m
Bottom Station Bottom Station 1200m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 900m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 17
Chair Lifts Chair Lifts 3
High Capacity High Capacity 3
Opening Dates Opening Dates Dec - April
Rating Expert Rating Expert 5
Rating Intermediate Rating Intermediate 8
Rating Beginner Rating Beginner 7
Apres Ski Rating Apres Ski Rating 9
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 7