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Nordic Lifestyle

A WINTER HOLIDAY IS AN EXPERIENCE FOR EVERY SENSE

There is nowhere that the Nordic lifestyle is more truly lived than in the Olympiaregion Seefeld in Tirol, a perfect mix of sport, excitement and pleasure. The concept of the Nordic lifestyle is based on the philosophy that winter holidays should be understood as a complete experience for body, spirit and soul. The Olympiaregion Seefeld offers its guests an unparalleled wealth of winter options, based as it is on a south-facing plateau at 1200m in altitude and surrounded by the largest nature reserve in the Eastern Alps, the Naturpark Karwendel, the protected Wildmoos area and the Wetterstein range and the Hohe Munde. It is ideally suited to cross-country skiers, as the Olympiaregion Seefeld is a centre for Nordic sports in the Alps and is known as one of the best areas in the world for those disciplines.

Although a traditional winter sports destination, the region can also provide a mix of up-to-date options with a well-developed infrastructure and is part of the Best of the Alps organisation, a group of carefully-chosen and exclusive holiday destinations in the Alpine region. The five villages that make up the Olympiaregion - Seefeld, Leutasch, Mösern/Buchen, Reith and Scharnitz - offer their guests a year-round wealth of leisure options for the whole family, as well as sunny days and a justified confidence in snow levels in the winter months. Relaxation and culinary delights are offered by a wide variety of accommodation choices from 5-star superior hotels through to pensions and an excellent choice of restaurants. Pure Nordic lifestyle…

OLYMPIAREGION SEEFELD — A COMPETENCE CENTRE AND A PARADISE FOR CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

The Olympiaregion Seefeld is renowned as an archetypal cross-country skiing paradise and offers sports enthusiasts 256km of perfectly-prepared and award-winning trails.

The varied routes offer challenges for every level of skier and are mostly prepared for both skiing styles in parallel. Two illuminated night trails in Seefeld and Leutasch as well as a dog trail make it possible to train despite the onset of darkness or with a four-legged friend. Additionally, seven quality-tested trails of all difficulty levels offer barrier-free pleasure in cross-country skiing for sports enthusiasts in wheelchairs or using sleds.

The community of Leutasch, situated at 1135m, is not only the departure point for one of the largest cross-country areas in central Europe but also a snow-sure cross-country dream. A 2014 study by ski tourism researcher Günther Aigner showed that Leutasch was one of the top three places in the Tyrol when it came to snow depths.

The Olympiaregion Seefeld places great emphasis on the safety of our guests and is continually expanding its cross-country skiing competence in this area. With the help of a professional trail rescue service, the region can point to a 50% reduction in response times to accidents on the trails. Trained and locally-knowledgeable cross-country ski instructors can be co-ordinated through a central Tyrolean point to react quickly and flexibly to any emergency and thus ensure that any injuries can be dealt with by trained personnel in the shortest possible time.

The Olympiaregion Seefeld is also one of the top areas when it comes to training conditions for professional sportsmen and -women: perfectly-prepared trails and the Nordic Competence Centre with its up-to-date jump facilities are the ideal requirements for professional preparation.

The region is also renowned for its sporting history: in 1964, 1976 and 2012 it played host to the Nordic disciplines for the Winter Olympics and the Winter Youth Olympics. In 2019 the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships are being held for the second time in Seefeld after the events in 1985. For many athletes this event will be a kind of ‘home game’, as many of the top athletes use the Olympiaregion as a training location.

The Nordic Competence Centre has acted for years as a meeting point for pre-season preparation because of its ideal altitude. Since 2012 it has been able to boast of its two new ski jumps, some of the most modern biathlon facilities in Europe, award-winning cross-country trails with snowmaking facilities and a roller-ski track to help with summer preparations for the winter exertions. With a length of 3.6km, this is one of the longest roller-skiing trails in Austria and a real highlight of the region.

This excellent infrastructure is not only of benefit to the professional athletes but also an advantage for the region’s guests. They can use the all the cross-country facilities and so enjoy trails of absolute top quality. Professional cross-country ski instructors are also available to competently perfect any technique that requires improvement.

With an eye on the Nordic Ski World Championships in 2019, the infrastructure and sporting facilities are being extended and the snow management has been supported through the introduction of ‘snow farming’. During the 2016/17 winter Seefeld and Leutasch produced a total of 11,000 cubic metres of artificial snow and could expertly preserve it under wood chips without the use of chemicals. This method enabled training by professionals and amateurs alike from the beginning of November 2017.

Since the middle of April work has been going on to build a new reservoir on the Gschwandtkopf at an altitude of 1500m. From the autumn/winter of 2017 a large new lake will be available for snowmaking and which will guarantee snow long after the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships. The emphasis has been on the sustainable use of natural resources when it comes to snowmaking. For example, 110,000 cubic metres of water resources make snow production of 60 litres per second possible (until now it was only possible to produce 12 litres a second) or, to put it another way, in an average of two days this can cover a 14km long and 12-metre-wide trail to a depth of 1 metre of snow. The Olympiaregion Seefeld is at the forefront of artificial snowmaking in Nordic sports thanks to its extensive knowhow, 29 of the most technologically-advanced snow cannons and the enormous amount of available water.

SKI ARENA: SKI ENJOYMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

The alpine skiing side of the Olympiaregion Seefeld offers 26km of trails between altitudes of 1200-2600m. Thirty-three lifts and the latest equipment from the many ski hire shops ensure a wonderful time on skis with a guarantee of snow which stretches into April. The sunny plateau includes the Rosshütte, Gschwandtkopf and Geigenbühel/Birkenlift areas and tempts families and occasional skiers with its many mountain restaurants and other places to rest up from the slopes. Whether beginner, advanced or getting back into the sport, the Olympiaregion Seefeld offers a unique and sun-blessed opportunity for ski pleasure in the high mountains.

The largest ski area is at the Rosshütte, which in 2017 was named the winner by web review portal skiresort.de in the ‘Secret Tip: Leading Resorts with less than 30km of Runs’ category. The Rosshütte-Express, a detachable six-seater chairlift with heated seating, offers a panoramic view from an altitude of 2000m. Snow coverage is guaranteed by a completely modernised snowmaking installation from the Rosshütte area through to the valley.

Night skiing is offered four times a week. The youngest also have their own special attraction with Sportis Kinderland: a separately connected slope with a gradient of only 23 per cent is the perfect preparation down in the valley before heading up onto the Rosshütte.

The Gschwandtkopf ski area in Seefeld with its freshly-prepared slopes is also easily reached from Mösern/Buchen. Skiers and snowboarders can expect interesting descents, plenty of different alms and huts, lovely views over the Olympiaregion Seefeld and the Inn valley as well as plenty of sun and snow. Ski stars such as Lindsay Vonn, Maria Höfl-Riesch or Erik Guay can be found training here.

The two Geigenbühel and Birkenlift ski areas are ideally suited to the needs of families and make a family ski break into something special. As well as Gizzis Skikindergarten (for children from 2-8 years of age) there is also a ski school offering various courses based here. Further highlights include the snow rafting and the torchlit welcome shows put on by the ski school during the winter season.

SPORT WITHOUT BOARDS

Guests who don’t want to strap their feet into anything can instead take advantage of 142km of cleared winter walking trails with breathtaking views, lovely places to take a break, quiet hideaways and sunny hillsides. Snowshoeing and winter walking take participants back to nature in its purest form and lead the walker away from the hectic pace of every day and into the peace of this unique landscape.

Guided walks, plenty of ice and eight natural toboggan runs complete the winter palette of activities. Winter runners can check out the 70km of prepared running trails in the “Winter Running & Nordic Walking Arena”. Two ice rinks, 20 curling lanes and ten indoor tennis courts provide plenty of sporting variety.

TOP EVENTS

On March 3 and 4 the next international cross-country skiing festival takes place in Leutasch with a tingling race atmosphere, perfectly-prepared trails and good-natured part-time athletes from all over the globe.

The Kaiser Maximilian Lauf (January 13-14, 2018) in Seefeld is a cross-country ski event of the highest class in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps. The professionals and amateur racers taking part in this VISMA SKI CLASSIC series of races will be participating in the third edition of this successful event.

One of the most prestigious sporting events in the Tyrolean Nordic calendar is the FIS Nordic Combination World Cup, Nordic Combined Triple (January 26-28, 2018), where the stars will be taking part in three different events in front of the crowds. With the preparations for the World Championships in mind, the participants will also be taking part in a cross-country ski event as well as the usual rounds of Nordic Combination. Like the Four Jumps Tournament with the ski jumpers or the Tour de Ski with the cross-country skiers this special set-up with the combination only makes things more exciting. Over 10,000 spectators are expected while the top combination athletes fight for victory during the three days in the Casino Arena or on the Toni Seelos Olympia jump.

A further attraction over the weekend of February 01-03, 2018, is the Seefeld Crystal Magic festival: folk-rock star Gregor Glanz, himself a born Seefelder, has turned his home village into a meeting point for international stars and celebrities and will thrill his audience with a winter open air performance in the Kurpark in Seefeld. On March 09-10, 2018, it is the turn of Andreas Gabalier to delight his many fans at the 5th Seefeld Winter Party.

The next high spot in the cross-country skiing season will be at the beginning of March (March 03-04, 2018) with the international Ganghoferlauf Leutasch, the oldest cross-country ski marathon in the Tyrol. In 2018 more than 1800 participants will turn out for the 48th event. The competition features four separate disciplines (20km or 42km skating and 25km or 50km classic style) as well as a demanding trail layout. The international Ganghoferlauf is classified under Euroloppet and Austrialoppet and as an FIS race.

HOTELS, CUISINE & WELLNESS

In Nordic Lifestyle active experience stands as a balance to passive pleasure. The latter can be taken care of in the first-class wellness hotels and spa facilities in the Olympiaregion. Every kind of accommodation wish can be taken care of in the five destinations which make up the Olympiaregion Seefeld – from luxurious five-star superior hotels through to family-run guesthouses and breakfast pensions and on to comfortable farmhouse accommodation and well-equipped apartments.

Holidaymakers in the Olympiaregion Seefeld can expect a special culinary experience: a hearty welcome paired with traditional regional delicacies from Tyrolean cuisine will make a visit into a real pleasure. Whether a rustic sandwich in one of the many huts and alms, hearty comfort food or choice samples from a delicatessen specialising in modern cuisine – the region offers a variety of taste sensations with a consistent high quality.

When it comes to wellness, the Olympiaregion can provide an entire range of healthy options: endurance sports at an altitude of 1200m to help with conditioning as well as the biggest choice of wellness providers in the Alpine area. Those guests looking for a special wellness programme can make their choice from small or large wellness oases of all kinds, often integrated with a wide range of accommodation options – among them one of the biggest hotel wellness areas in the Alps with more than 5000 square metres of surface area with amazing views over the Tyrolean mountains.

The choice ranges from water parks and sauna installations, such as the wellness oases in the Olympia Sports and Congress Centre in Seefeld and the ErlebnisWelt Alpenbad in Leutasch, through to classic wellness options and innovative signature treatments.

THE MOST ENJOYABLE PEDESTRIAN AREA IN THE ALPS

Seefeld has one of the oldest pedestrian areas in the Tyrol - an invitation to stroll through the romantic heart of the village. Over 60 shops and countless cafés and bars, as well as the cosy Alpine-style Casino Seefeld, offer variety and entertainment. The core of the pedestrian area is the newly-designed open village square and the parish church of St Oswald, around 640 years old and one of the loveliest late-Gothic churches in the Tyrol as well as being one of the best-known pilgrimage churches because of the Wonder of the Host in 1384.