Aynur Tattersall dons skis and takes in the scenic beauty of Seefeld, situated on a sunny plateau high above Innsbruck
This traditional farming village, with a local population of around 3,300, lies in the Austrian state of Tirol. Today a major tourist resort, Seefeld is easily accessible, being a 20-minute drive from Innsbruck Airport and around 90 minutes from Munich Airport (toll free). The region is also easy to reach by car from all directions. Those in search of a scenic, romantic journey can travel to the region along the Karwendel railway line, one of the most beautiful rail routes in Europe.
Seefeld hosted the Nordic disciplines at the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, and even today welcomes the world’s best cross-country skiers and biathlon specialists for World Cup events. Beginners and experts alike enjoy kilometre upon kilometre of perfectly prepared trails that wind their way across the flat plains and up into the dense forests.
The village itself is luxurious and exclusive, with a high density of 4* and 5* hotels. I stayed at the family-owned 4* Hotel Residenz Hochland, which is situated on the doorstep of the Geigenbühel slopes and no more than a 10-minute walk to the resort centre. This traditionally styled hotel has an indoor pool, spa and wellness centre and, for those cosy evenings, a piano bar and lounge with open fireplace. The food is excellent, serving both local cuisine and international dishes, and the chefs happily cater for vegetarians and those with special dietary needs.
Seefeld is one of the most snowsure resorts anywhere in Austria, and boasts as many guests throughout the summer months as it does in winter. As I hit the slopes, visitors and locals alike were enjoying a mix of fun activities including tobogganing, whilst youngsters were sliding around under the expert eye of their instructor.
I have to admit that stepping on to the slopes after a hectic schedule after the past few months was the best thing that could have happened to me! To take in that fresh mountain air in such scenic surroundings was bliss.
Crystal Ski Holidays, the UK’s leading ski company, offers a wide choice of hotels with some excellent deals. There is no need to worry about hiring equipment or arranging lessons upon arrival, as it is easy enough to arrange prior to your departure. Lessons cost from 191 Euros for five days, and a ski pass will set you back 243 Euros.
After one of the most enjoyable trips for ages, I cannot wait to return to this winter wonderland.
Further information at www.crystalski.co.uk
All photos © Aynur Tattersall