Overview of Seefeld
Seefeld is an authentic Austrian ski resort that sits in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps and forms part of the Olympiaregion Seefeld ski area along with Leutasch, Mösern-Buchen, Reith and Scharnitz. Embedded in Austrian Alpine tradition, Seefeld is a friendly haven full of charm and rural hospitality. Set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery, Seefeld's underlying philosophy is promoting a Nordic lifestyle which combines snowsports, quality standards of living and additional off-piste activities to culminate an ideal and memorable Alpine holiday experience, Nordic style.
Seefeld prides itself on its tourist capabilities and offerings of off-piste non ski activities. For over twenty years, Seefeld along with 11 other ski resorts areas, have played an ambassadorial role representing their respective Alpine regions, as a member of the “Best Alp Group”. It is renown to have some of the best accommodation choices in the area boasting of 5 and 4 star hotels and apartments and also having the largest concentration of high quality spas and wellness centres in the area. Visitors to Seefeld during the festive Christmas season will experience a magical winter wonderland, complete with traditional events and festivities. The famous atmospheric Christmas market takes place every year in the pedestrian zone; promising an authentic Christmas spirit complete with pretty wooden stalls, barrells of mulled wine blended with the scent of sizzling traditional Würstes and the evening sounds of sounds of Seefeld's “Weisenbläser” horn-blowers to add to the atmosphere. You can also look out for the Krampus festival; an excellent spectacle that ‘celebrates’ Krampus the devilish fiend who accompanies St Nicholas and punishes children who have been naughty all year before the Advent.
Seefeld has a rich snowsports background previously hosting two World Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976 as well as the 2012 Youth Winter Olympic Games. It has also hosted the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1985 and 2019 and continues to host Nordic World Cup ski disciplines annually. It is a huge snowsports destination for enthusiasts who visit for the excellent ski area and world class facilities from its modern interconnecting network of lifts to its 245 kilometres of well groomed pistes. From a modest resort height of 1,207 metres, the ski area stretches between 964 meters and up to 2,064 metres, with its pistes best suited for beginners and confident intermediates. Seefeld also has fantastic cross-country skiing tracks as well as two floodlight ski tracks designed for night-time skiing.
Skiing in Seefeld
There are two major ski areas in Seefeld which are the Gschwandtkopf and Rosshutte which are located on the opposite ends of the resort and are also both located on the outskirts of the village. These ski areas hold the majority of the pistes in Seefeld. The runs at Seefeld are the perfect fit for beginners and intermediate skiers looking to improve on their skiing. There are a number of gentle slopes for learning and wide open slopes for building confidence. There are also a few advanced slopes for experts; however, with an additional 4 ski resorts in the Olympiaregion Seefeld ski area, advanced skiers may find more options for challenging slopes outside of Seefeld. There are 26 kilometres of pistes at Seefeld serviced by a network of up to 34 lifts consisting of chairlifts, cable cars and tows.
Seefeld is in the European Alps top destinations for cross-country skiing. Hosting the event in the 1976 Winter Olympics, there are up to 200 kilometres of well-groomed tracks at Seefeld which have been specifically designed for cross-country skiing, featuring both classic and skating styles.
Seefeld’s beginner area is on the Geigenbühel located just below the main village and it is the best place to try out and master those snowplough turns. Once mastered, beginners can hit any of the gentle blues on either of the Gschwandtkopf and Rosshütte mountains in the resort for a test on steeper runs.
Intermediates can test their skills ( and confidence) on the sunny and panoramic Gschwandtkopf which sees a number of professional skiers visit its slopes annually to train on some of its steeper slopes. There are also a few challenging red runs located on Rosshütte which could be tempting.
Advanced skiers will naturally be drawn to the few black runs atop Seefelder Joch at 2,034 meters and a few tricky reds just below on Rosshütte. When these have been spent, take the cable car from Rosshütte to Härmelekopf for a few exciting off-piste opportunities on its farther side. We will always recommend going with a local guide.
Snowboarding in Seefeld
Freestylers are offered the delights of a fun park located in the Rosshutte area and reached by taking the funicular train that takes you up to 1800m. There’s an okay assortment of jumps, quarter pipes, rails & boxes but the past days of glory are long gone. Out of the park, good natural hits are hard to come by.
Snowboarders ( freestylers in particular) should take the funicular train up to the snowpark at Rosshütte which sits at an altitude of 1880 metres. The park is well equipped with quarter pipes, rails, jumps and boxes. There are also a number of wide-open runs on the Rosshütte bound to get some blood pumping for intermediate skiers.
Some expert snowboarders wouldn’t be able to resist the higher areas on the Seefelder Joch which has a few interesting opportunities including the few trees which line the lower areas of the run that lead down to the main base.
Snow Conditions in Seefeld
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For its modest resort height of 1200 metres altitude, with pistes reaching up to 2,034 metres altitude, Seefeld actually receives a decent level of snowfall throughout the season and is renowned for its snow reliability. The average snowfall forecast at the start of the season is around 8 cm, with snowfall every 2 days but this quickly picks up as is sustained as the season progresses. The snowiest weeks come between January and early March which sees up to 40 cm of snowfall and up to 4 days a week. On days of any shortages, Seefeld is very well equipped with state of the art snowmaking facilities to supplement all areas of its pistes.
Apres Ski in Seefeld
Seefeld is well regarded for its welcoming and friendly atmosphere which is reflected in its apres-ski scene. Perhaps not the resort for wild apres-ski parties and table dancing on the terraces, the apres-ski here is more centred around friendly bars and evening cafes and restaurants. Where the Seefeld evening life lacks in late-night wild partying, it makes up for in warm, cosy evenings and merry cheers and laughter. If this defines your ideal evening after an eventful day on the slopes, you are in the right place.
-Sportalm: The Sportalm has stood fast and served Seefeld for six generations. It is a mainstay of the resort and is somewhat a traditional monument to the locals. Ran by the Seyfield family, it is a great place to have an evening drink and meal, and its friendly buzz and communal design make it feel like the resort apres-ski hub. The Sportalm is perfectly located at the bottom of the Gschwandtkopf lift station. It is perfectly designed to host a wide range of guests. Divided into different sections, the Schirmbar (umbrella bar) is an outside space with a large table under a huge umbrella that can sit multiple guests at once, with chairs that come with light blankets. The Sportalm Schneebar (snow bar) has seating indoors and just outside the building as well.
-Sir Henry’s Brasserie: Sir Henry’s Brasserie cuts the ideal apres-ski hangout spot. There is a good selection of drinks from local beers to fancy cocktails served in a cosy interior. It has a lovely outside seating space that features great views of the mountain range. Great spot for drinks, good music and catchup spot to relive the day’s events on the slopes.
-Woods Kitchen and Bar: A local favourite for food, hot drinks and evening drinks with your travelling group. There is a lovely outside terrace featuring some breathtaking views of the stunning mountainside where you can sit and enjoy a warm drink or enjoy a lovely evening meal. Wood’s also has a great drinks menu and is the ideal location for a chilled evening with a gin and tonic or glass of red. Frequented by both locals and visiting skiers, the atmosphere reflects that of Seefeld, friendly and welcoming.
-Pauly : Sporting a modern and contemporary setting, Pauly is an Italian restaurant located in the Seefeld resort centre. It has a great Italian food menu but also welcomes skiers visiting for an evening drink with a great drinks menu.
Facilities in Seefeld
Seefeld has adequate facilities to cater to the visiting skiers over the full season. There is a wide variety of services available at the resort from world-class ski accommodation, great ono ski activities for families, quality shops and more. We have suggested a number of facilities at Seefeld that you may find useful.
Ski Hire in Seefeld
There are several ski equipment hire shops in Seefeld to choose from when you arrive on your ski holiday. If you are planning to visit Seefeld and do not intend to travel with your personal ski equipment or if you do not have any ski equipment and plan to hire, you can certainly hire ski equipment at the resort. We would always recommend that you make your ski equipment hire directly with us online as part of the holiday booking process. It is probably the easiest way to secure your ski equipment and it is by far the most convenient and cost-effective way of securing your ski equipment. We have formed great partnerships and relationships with a host of ski equipment hire companies in order to make your ski hire experience. Just add the equipment you want to the basket and proceed with your holiday booking. Once confirmed, all you will need to do is pick up the equipment from the store upon arrival. So the hassle of visiting shop after shop to find your ski equipment. Quick, easy and convenient.
Ski Passes in Seefeld
Upon arrival, you can buy your Seefeld ski passes at any of the ticket offices at the resort. You can also secure your ski passes directly with us online at Erna Low and avoid the queues at the ticket offices or the ticket machines below the lifts at Seefeld. It's super quick and very convenient. Travel with one less thing to worry about, knowing that on arrival at Seefeld, all you need to do is pick up your ski pass and hit the slopes.
Spa and Swimming Pools at Seefeld
“Life is all about balance” is a quote we often hear and it couldn't ring more true at Seefeld. After spending the full day out in the cold and on the slopes, there really is nothing better than balancing it out with a pampered evening of relaxation in a hot sauna and indoor heated swimming pool. There are a number of hotels that have spas, sauna and swimming pools within their premises. Das Kaltschmid is a 4-star hotel in Seefeld that is well equipped with an amazing swimming pool area that has more than one heated swimming pool. Adults and children can enjoy the huge water slide and play water games such as water polo and more. Das Kaltschmid also has fantastic, world-class spa and wellness facilities featuring Finnish spas, Steam baths, Brine baths and hammams. Nidum Luxury Hotel is the epitome of luxury in Seefeld and is another option for spa treatments and swimming pool facilities. It has two huge indoor saunas and an outdoor sauna located on a suspension bridge for extra effects.
Shops in Seefeld
Seefeld has a wide variety of shops where you can self indulge with a bit of retail therapy or do some window shopping on a winter stroll around the resort. There is just about everything from bakeries, grocery shops, ski equipment shops, local farm produce and souvenirs shops. There are also quite a few trendy fashion boutiques, perfume and jewellery shops and a few wine cellars.
Facilities for Children in Seefeld
Seefeld is well equipped with adequate facilities to not only cater to children but also to keep them entertained and ensure that they have a very memorable experience. There is everything a parent or accompanying adult of a child would require to make sure that the children are taken good care of and have a wonderful time as well.
Ski Schools for Children
There is a host of ski schools and local independent ski instructors at Seefeld usually located at the nursery slopes and children's areas. We would however recommend that you book your children's ski lessons with us directly as part of your online holiday booking. We have partnered with some of the best and highly accredited ski schools across the Alps offering ski lessons for children from the age of 3 years old. Our ski schools are multilingual and the instructors taking the lessons are all English speakers. Save yourself the time and hassle of queuing up behind other earlier arrivals and secure your children's ski instructor before you even leave your home for Seefeld. Request for any additional information during your booking.
Children's Entertainment in Seefeld
Located a few metres from the Seefeld Olympic swimming pool complex ( Olympiabad Seefeld), next to the forest edge, there is a fantastic child-friendly toboggan slope that promises great fun for the family. The toboggan slopes have always been a big hit with the children. The children can also experience a family horse-drawn carriage ride through the beautiful village; an activity guaranteed to create long-lasting fond memories for the children. Away from the cold and snow, there is a bowling alley and cinema at the resort. Take the children over to the swimming pool complex at Seefeld which has dedicated heated swimming pools and water slides; the same can be found at Das Kaltschmid hotel which also has water slides and water polo for some family fun. If you happen to be strolling through the resort centre with the family, check out Kindertracht Christine, a fashion boutique only for children.
Childcare in Seefeld
There are a number of English speaking childcare services and kids clubs available in Seefeld. Inquire at the tourist office either online prior to your arrival or in person when you arrive at the resort.
Mountain Info on Seefeld
The pistes at Seefeld range between 964 metres to 2,064 metres altitude with the Seefeld ski area covering two large mountain slopes on either side of the resort. Gschwandtkopf peaks at 1,500 metres with Rosshutte reaching a bit higher at 1740. Seefeld Joch sits on the same mountain as Rosshutte but peaks a bit higher 2,064 metres.