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Crystal-clear skiing around scenic Seefeld

Crystal-clear skiing around scenic Seefeld
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

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.

Seefeld

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

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.

 

Seefeld

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.

Seefeld

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.

Seefeld

Aynur Tattersall

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

 

About The Author

Aynur Tattersall

Correspondent Aynur Tattersall was born in İzmir. She began her career in journalism in 1994, graduating from Aegean University’s Communication Faculty in Journalism in İzmir in 1996. Aynur worked for Sky Television as a reporter before relocating to London, where she completed her Masters Degree in Multi Media Studies. She was awarded Best News Story by the Aydin Dogan Foundation in 1999. Aynur published her first book, 'News Translation Techniques from English into Turkish' in 2012. She currently works as a London-based correspondent for the Demirören News Agency, and travels the globe, sharing her experiences on Hürriyet Seyahat, as well as contributing to Essential Journeys. A professional tennis coach and keen allround sportsperson, Aynur is a member of the Royal Yachting Association and a Day Skipper captain.

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