When I was a kid, I remember cross country skiing on my uncle’s property.
We would start out from his cabin, which was by a lake where we would also skate and play ice hockey during the winter months, and ski to a restaurant that catered to cross country skiers and snowmobilers. We would have some hot chocolate and a snack then ski back. This is a memory from well over 25 years ago. This year, for some reason, as winter settled in, my interest in being more active outdoors piqued. This led me to explore what options were available to create new cross country skiing memories.
My online research lead me to Seefeld Austria, and taking advantage of the Martin Luther King long weekend to plan a trip for some cross country skiing.
Seefeld, Austria has 279 km of runs for cross country skiing, 125 km of which is for skating and 154 km for classic cross country skiing, which is one of the most beautiful and extensive in Europe. They even have nighttime cross-country skiing and various cross country skiing schools.
Unfortunately, as you might have already read in my previous post, I did not get to cross country ski. However, from what I observed in Seefeld and the surrounding region, this is in fact a great place for cross country skiing. I passed many people out on the tracks skiing or walking around carrying skis on their way to the start of a trail.
The Seefeld official website is filled with excellent information to include links to live webcams, snow reports, events and maps to the trails and update information on what tracks are opened or closed and they are categorized by level of experience. There are plenty of places to rent equipment, also listed on the website. I contacted a few prior to leaving and none required I book ahead.
My accommodations were at the Apartmenthaus Jagdhof which I found on Booking.com. While I had booked a studio apartment, I was upgraded to a two bedroom apartment. It was way too big for me and Little Man, but it was still a nice and comfortable stay. Linens, towels, and all kitchenware were provided. However, there was no microwave. I brought food with me, so I didn’t need to eat out (still did for one dinner).
This is definitely an excellent and inexpensive way to travel with friends and as a family.
There was an indoor pool and sauna at the Apartmenthaus Jagdhof; spending time in the sauna and pool were a fabulous way to finish the day after my hikes. I also brought my yoga mat with me to do some yoga, and properly stretch to ensure top performance. The landscape/views were beautiful. I really wish I could have explored/seen more of it. The town of Seefeld has restaurants, a couple of bars, and shops to accommodate visitors
How About You?
Have you ever visited Seefeld, Austria? What was your favorite part? Tell me all about it by leaving a comment or contacting me.