News from the snow
Although many ski centres claim to be year round destination resorts, few if any can match the range of facilities offered by the understated Olympiaregion Seefeld with its world-beating five 5-star hotels. The villages of the region - Leutasch, Mösern/Buchen, Reith, Scharnitz and Seefeld - are located between 960 m - 1200 m above sea level on a sunny plateau, open to the south, and the 'higher than average elevation for an Austrian resort' means that good snow-cover is the norm and the large ski area has 90% snow-making to make up if mother nature fails to produce the white goods. The largest and by far the best known of the villages, Seefeld, has a wonderful ambience with its old centre and picturesque mountain scenery. Horse drawn carriages depart from the pedestrianised heart of the village by the Gothic-style pilgrimage church of St. Oswald. The region is located just south of the German border, next to the Karwendel nature reserve and only 25 km (15 miles) northwest of Innsbruck which also adds to its popularity with ski holiday connoisseurs. Many visit with their own transport so that they can make the most of the 'Happy Ski Card' which includes major neighbouring German resorts such as Ehrwald, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald. Apart from downhill skiing the region has a strong reputation for Nordic sports, and was the venue for the cross-country skiing in the 1964 and '76 Innsbruck Winter Olympics. The 1985 World Championships and numerous world cup events have also been staged in the area. The Olympiaregion Seefeld is a marvellous hiking area at all times of the year.
A complete winter and summer destination resort with a world-beating six five-star hotels. There are numerous sports facilities as well as a large ski area with 90% snow-making, and it is included on the 'Happy Pass' with major German resorts. Après ski is often lively. Since 2003 the area including smaller adjoining villages have marketed themselves jointly as Seefeld Olympia Region, (Olympiaregion Seefeld), which means some of the facilities listed may be in neighbouring villages, although most remain in Seefeld.
The Rosshütte, reached by a funicular railway, offers Seefeld's serious skiing. There are often moguls on the red trail at the top of the Seefelder Joch that would be black in many resorts and there are several notable off-piste trails on the Härmelekopf which can be undertaken with a guide. The area pass covers many exciting runs and should be adequate to satisfy even the most demanding skiers.
For lunchtime, skiers and boarders will find the Rosshütte restaurant serving Tyrolean delicacies and international specialities. Other choices are the Ski-Alm, situated at the base terminal and the best place for après-ski, the Skistadl with 'Murmelebau', or the most recent addition, the Hocheggalm.
Two Olympic Games and Nordic Ski World Championships made the Olympiaregion Seefeld well-known all over the world. There are around 265 km (159 miles) of trails in the area.
Gizzi's Club takes children aged 18 months to eight years from Monday to Friday (during holidays every day).
Details of baby-sitting services are available in the various information offices. Ski-school is possible for children from three and upwards.
Buffalo, open to 4am, is an authentic Western saloon with hot meals (Tex/Mex). Here you can obtain a beer with a coin, a gold mine; there is also a boat containing a second bar. Various figures are posed around the bar including a wooden life-sized Indian and there is live country-music every Thursday. The Britannia is a typical English pub and meeting place for people of all ages, open up to 1am: billiards, pinball and darts are on offer. Other popular bars include Fledermaus and Wildfang.
For the more traditional Tyrolean style, Beisl is a cosy pub also owned by the Hotel Klosterbräu and located on the ground and first floors. It is furnished in the rustic style using the interior of a century-old Tirolean farmer's home which was transported to the building. The Sportpub contains a wine bar in the sports area where you will also find a fitness room, an indoor swimming pool, an indoor tennis court and golf course, table-tennis, bowling lanes, billiards, darts, table football and pinball.
Discothèques include the Full Moon - the latest attraction of the Hotel Klosterbräu. Special events staged here include the disco queen contest, Karaoke evenings, rave nights and more. The new Jeep discotheque which pumps out mainly techno-sound is named after an old jeep, which stands inside the disco! There are also 4 car-racing video games.
Other evening choices include the cinema, a sleigh ride, toboganning or tubing. The Casino Seefeld gives you the option to play a game of Baccara, Poker, Stud Poker, Wheel of Fortune, Seven Eleven, American Roulette, French Roulette, Black Jack, Sic Bo and many more. Open from 3am to 3pm, tournaments and special events are sometimes organised, for example Ladies' Night, Mens' Night, wine tasting and exhibitions.
Although there's a new gondola, a cable car and a funicular in order to access the highest runs on the Rosshütte, most of the other lifts are T Bars, so it's usually best to go from bottom to top on these lifts then ride all the way down unless you've mastered the ultimate skill of riding a T Bar with a 'board.