Seefeld in Tirol
Seefeld definitely isn't a hard skiers' resort - but what it does offer is one of the best areas in Europe for mixed groups of skiers and non-skiers and for learning to ski.
The resort is within thirty minutes' drive of a major ski airport and yet has an altitude of more than 1200m.
The beginners' slopes are right in the centre of town and the village has a reputation as one of the top locations in the world for cross-country skiing.
Plus that proximity to Innsbruck and an extensive network of winter walking trails means that there is no shortage of things to do for any relatives or friends who aren't into the whole skiing thing.
The resort itself is quite large but still retaining a village atmosphere and set in a scenic bowl beneath the Karwendel and Wetterstein ranges. Many of the hotels are four-star (or more) but the accommodation stock is big enough that there is enough choice for anyone looking for more reasonable options
Anyone particularly looking for non-skiing or cross-country options might like to try Leutasch (the main cross-country area) or out near the German border at the quiet village of Scharnitz (see the Hotels and Travel tabs above for details about booking your own accommodation and making your own way to the resort).
Location: Seefeld is situated on a high plateau to the north of Innsbruck on the way through to Germany.
Access: The resort has its own mainline train station and good road and rail connections to Innsbruck (and thus the Inn valley motorway) and through to Munich.
Seefeld Ski Positives
- excellent resort for beginners and early intermediate skiers
- very close to Innsbruck airport and the motorway
- good altitude
- plenty of non-ski options for other party or family members
Seefeld Ski Negatives
- very limited for good skiers
- lack of 'ski resort' nightlife
Seefeld Ski Information
Seefeld has three ski areas which all offer something a little bit different:
The Geigenbühel area is located about five minutes' walk from the village centre and is where ski school meets and where beginners will learn for their first days on skis.
The Gschwandtkopf area is a hill on the edge of village with a chairlift and a few drags serving easy intermediate runs on the main slopes and some more draglifts off the top down towards the village of Mösern.
The Rosshütte area is on the other side of the village and the main slopes are served by a cog railway or a combinations of chairlifts and draglifts. From the top of the railway there are two cable cars - one which heads straight up to the Seefelder Joch and a very short black run and the other which takes skiers over to the Härmele side of the area, which can also be reached by chairlifts. The Rosshütte area is where the more difficult runs are located, but there is nothing in Seefeld that would worry an experienced intermediate skier.
There are a couple of smaller ski areas around the plateau but these are not included in the lift pass usually purchased.
Better skiers with car transport might be relieved to know that St Anton, Obergurgl, Sölden, Mayrhofen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen are all within 90 minutes' drive, so the area does make a fairly good mountain base.
The total ski area has 22 lifts and covers around 35km of terrain.
Ski Pass Prices 2017/2018
A day pass for the Seefeld area will cost 44,50 Euros and a six-day pass will cost 232 Euros for this season. There are no seasonal reductions.
Ski Slope Verdict
- Seefeld is one of Austria's best resorts for beginner skiers and families. Initial lessons take place right in the village and the resort is high enough for there to be few snow problems.
- Seefeld is a good choice for low intermediate skiers. The two ski areas should provide enough of interest for those on their second or third week of skiing who want to improve their technique.
- Seefeld is not a good option for advanced skiers who will find it extremely limited for more than a day. Any good skiers arriving as part of a group might like to consider car hire or using rail options to St Anton, Innsbruck or Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
How To Get To Seefeld
Distance to Innsbruck Airport (AT): 22km
Distance to Allgäu Airport (DE): 164km
Distance to Munich Airport (DE): 173km
Distance to Salzburg Airport (AT): 200km
Nearest railway station to Seefeld: main line railway station in village
As is obvious from the distances above, Innsbruck - if available - is far and away the best option for skiing in Seefeld. Taxis and minibuses will make it up the hill in under 30 minutes and even public transport involving a journey into Innsbruck is relatively easy.
Although Allgäu Airport is marginally closer, the convenience of Munich Airport makes it a strong second choice. The variety of flights available adds to the attraction of being able to take an airport train into Munich and then switch to the line which passes through Seefeld on its way to Innsbruck.
Salzburg is probably third choice, but even here the options of road, rail and organised package holiday offers make it fairly attractive.
Car hire is available from all airports - links to rental car availability in the different countries are listed below and open in a new window:
Those driving up from Innsbruck will usually be taking the Zirlerberg road up onto the plateau and should be aware that this is a steep climb which it is easy to get stuck on if conditions are very bad and the driver is unused to winter driving. Look out for (and heed!) the snow chain signs at the bottom of the hill. There is an alternate way up onto the plateau which is not as steep via Telfs (which would also be the preferred option for those arriving from the west).
Coming from Munich and the north, there are two choices. Those who want a longer and more straightforward route will stick to the motorway via Kufstein and through to Innsbruck. Those who are confident with European city driving can cut through Munich and onto the motorway in the direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The motorway stops before Garmisch and following the town turns into a mountain road to Mittenwald and the border with Austria. Seefeld is only a few kilometres from the border.
Town Altitude: 1200m
The main ski season opens for winter 2017/2018 on 02 December and runs through to 02 April.
Seefeld Tourist Office : www.seefeld.com
Rosshütte & Geigenbühel Lifts: www.seefeld-sports.at
Gschwandtkopf Lifts: www.skigebiet-seefeld.at
Seefeld Ski School: www.ski-seefeld.at
Austrian Railways (includes public bus services): www.oebb.at