Everything but après ski: Five really fun alternatives for après skiing
Our year-round motto: Everything but ordinary! And our winter motto 2020/2021: Everything except après! We have always preferred pure winter sports fun instead of après ski madness. That’s why we will continue to focus on real nature experiences and enjoyment in the snow, hotels and restaurants in the coming winter. When skiing, the motto is: “Skiing, not gondolaing around”. That means: approximately 30 kilometers of slopes are attainable without closed gondolas. And afterwards? Here we have five non-alcoholic après-ski alternatives for a unique winter holiday:
Winter long distance hiking: www in a different way
Walking away from everyday life, finding yourself in a meditative rhythm, experiencing nature with all your senses – long distance hiking has been a new mega trend not only since Corona. Long distance hiking is not only possible in summer, but also in winter. On Tyrol’s first winter hiking trail you can try out the “winter sports for everyone”. The advantages over skiing and touring: You are not in alpine terrain, you need neither special knowledge nor equipment and the costs are very low. Whether it’s a four-day snow hike without snowshoes, day tours around the five villages or even hiking with snowshoes through the untouched nature – here you feel (almost) like in Canada!
Cross-country skiing: Full body workout without hangover mood the next morning
Hardly any other sport has as many positive side effects as cross-country skiing: It is healthy, strengthens the immune system, is a real, original experience of nature – and it’ s great fun. Cross-country skiing is becoming a new trend sport and if you haven’t tried it yet, this winter is the perfect time to get on cross-country skis! And it can be done soon: Thanks to the high altitude and snowfarming, the cross-country skiing season starts up here on November 20, 2020. In addition, the entire region offers around 250 kilometers of tracks for classic and skating fans, a night track, a dog track and sled tracks in winter. Are you excited yet? Annual tickets and gift vouchers (e.g. for Christmas) are available in the online store and on site in the information offices in Seefeld and Leutasch.
Curling: Better close to the tee than close to the fall
Anyone can do curling! At least in such a way that a fun little game is immediately possible. You don’t sweat, you don’t need any equipment (you borrow the curling sticks on site), you don’t have to use a gondola or go up a steep mountain. Ergo: Whether young or old, sporty or rather relaxed – curling is great fun for everyone who loves fresh air and sociability in a small group! In curling, you let the ice sticks glide as close as possible to the tee (the target). This “winter bowling” has a long tradition here. The introduction to curling (costs: 12€ with the guest card) takes place every Tuesday. Even more peace and quiet during the game and perfect ice for fun rounds can also be found at Toni’s ice rinks just a few minutes’ walk from the center.
Ice skating: Double Rittberger on the ice instead of dancing on the bar
Speaking of ice! Particularly in these special times, people are happy about three things: fresh air, lots of space – and sports that strengthen the immune system. So off to the ice skating rink! But not in a stuffy hall, please. It’s much more beautiful outside in the splendid nature. Around Seefeld there are great opportunities to skate over the thick, bare ice outside. Best example: lake Möserer See. As soon as it freezes for a longer period of time and the ice surface is more than ten centimeters thick, the ice is prepared – including a panoramic path and an ice hockey field. Those who find lake Möserer See a little too far from Seefeld’s pedestrian zone can simply stroll to the artificial ice rink near the Seekirche.
Tobogganing: winter sports with pure adrenaline
Tobogganing is as old as Tyrol itself. Once the wood and horn sledges were working equipment and means of transport in steep terrain, nowadays tobogganing is becoming more and more popular as a versatile and inexpensive alternative to the slopes. In the region you can find eight natural toboggan runs of strong character: At the Katzenkopf you can take the lift up to the top of the mountain and after a break at the Katzenkopf Hut you can enjoy a fun run down into the valley. The longest and most demanding toboggan runs lead from the Wettersteinhütte and Rauthhütte down into the valley. If you don’t like it that wild, you can whiz downhill from the Hämmermoosalm. By the way: You can also go sledding in the middle of Seefeld! From the toboggan hill opposite the Seekirchl and from the parish hill down towards Wildsee. You can find the most beautiful toboggan runs here.
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Text: Tassilo Pritzl
Fotos: Johannes Geyer, Charly Schwarz, Katzenkopf Leutasch, Tessa Mellinger, Stephan Elsler