Top Lift: 2064m
Adult lift pass: 184-200€ for six days
In a Nutshell
Seefeld is for snow-dabblers. There’s some good skiing here – but what this place does best is the winter-wonderland experience, mixing all kinds of gentle activity with downtime in one of the town’s many luxury spa hotels.
Essential Advice for the Perfect Trip
We like Seefeld. Not so much for skiing – although are 48km of piste here, rolling down the slopes of the Seefelder Joch, the Harmelekopf and the Gschwandtkopf. What this place really excels at is the laid-back winter-wonderland experience: mixing a bit of curling, a dash of cross-country skiing, and the odd snowy walk, with lots and lots of lots of lounging about with your feet up. That could be in a plush hotel lounge, or in the chill-out room of a spa, or beneath the hands of an masseuse. Truth is, you’re bound to do all three on a holiday here – along with some new ways of relaxing you never knew existed.
You’re going to need a healthy holiday budget to get the best of it – and an appetite for experimentation. But if you’ve ever longed for a taste of winter that isn’t just about bombing about on the slopes, then put it near the top of your hit list (along with Are, Sweden).
Stay in the middle of the village if you can
Yes, it’s possible to do Seefeld on the cheap. After all, you don’t have to be staying in a four or five-star hotel to enjoy cross-country skiing, or tobogganing, or sleigh rides through snowy forests. What’s more, in Seefeld these activities don’t feel like add-ons to the essential downhill skiing experience. Set on snowy plateau, above the Inn valley, the terrain is perfect for the gentler kind of winter sports – and here for once they are the main event, rather than an afterthought.
But you won’t get the full effect unless you stay in one of the posh hotels in the middle of town. That’s where the atmosphere is after dark – as well as quick access to almost all the outdoor activities, with the exception of downhill skiing. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
The skiing suits beginners and cautious intermediates best
Actually, in mid-winter, there’s one type of skier who could happily spend all their days on the slopes, and think that they’ve come to the best ski resort in the world: beginners over the age of thirty whose partying days are behind them. Admittedly they’d have to come in mid-winter to do it, some time ideally in January or early February, because the altitude of the slopes is rather low. But if they do they could have a very stress-free introduction to the sport.
For that reason, it can work well for families too – though this isn’t a big destination for British skiing families. If you’re looking for lots of English-speaking playmates for your kids, check out our guide to the best resorts for family skiing instead.