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Non Skier in January

Crosby,Liverpool
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Non Skier in January

I will be visiting Seefeld from 18th January for 1 week with my wife and sister. My wife and i visited Seefeld in June this year and fell in love with the place. We stayed at The Seespitz, but have chosen The Larchenhof this time.

As non of us plan to ski and this will be the first time either of us have had a winter holiday i wonder if someone would be so kind to advise on the following.

1. We plan to go walking on some days, maybe to one or more of the nearby villages, (Leutasch, Mosern etc). Is this possible in winter conditions and what would be advisable clothing/footwear.

2. We visited Mittenwald in June and would love to return in January for a day out. Is public transport likely to still run? We travelled by bus last time to the nearby gorge, then walked into Mittenwald. Would this still be possible?

3.What other non skiing activities are there in Seefeld? I have heard there is taboganning. Is this in the Olympic region of the town?

4. I know snow can never be promised, but is there likely to be snow in the town in January?

5. Is there a dress code for the casino or are smart jeans acceptable?

6. Can you pay single fares on the Roschutte up to the 1st station as a non skier? Are the cable cars around Seefeld mainly for skiers only?

7. Is visiting Innsbruck a worthwhile trip.

Many thnaks in advance for your advise and assistance.

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1. Re: Non Skier in January

We traveled to Seefeld for Christmas a few years back. There was lots of snow but we are not skiers!

Nice walks possible. You couldn't see the lake but we went for a sleigh ride around it.

There was public transport - trains and buses similar to summer holidays there.

You will need very warm clothing (we bought cheap ski wear) and good waterproof boots. Some of the paths in the town were quite slippery so our walking poles came in useful. Also take hats (we wore 2 each) scarves, mittens and gloves.

Mittenwald was beautiful in the snow.

We went up in the mountain lift (can't remember cost but not too much) and we were the only ones in it coming down the mountain as everyone else had skis!

On our summer holidays we always wondered why the mountain cafes are so big - now we know the reason!!! Soooo many people!

Wish I was going again though!

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2. Re: Non Skier in January

I envy you ,your first winter holiday in seefeld,our first winter holiday there was 30 years ago the place is pure majic in the snow there is plenty to do we dont ski either but never get bored. you will need sturdy boots/shoes with a good tread this is realy a must even in the village,take smart shoes with you for a evening out if you wish, also you will need warm outdoor clothes but the hotels tend to be very warm ,triple glased.

so you will be to warm if you are too wraped up the dress code in the casino is smart and i dont think jeans would be acceptable, there are plenty of walks available a nice one is round the lake stopping for a coffee and brandy on the way,you can have sleigh rides from the village a lovley way to view seefeld and the surroundings,transport runs as normal as do taxis we are also returning in january,carnt wait hope you will enjoy your holiday oh i forgot to mention the indoor/outdoor swiming pool lovley warm water with snow all around .

Crosby,Liverpool
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3. Re: Non Skier in January

Many thanks for taking the time to respond to my post. Lot's of useful information there. I'm already counting down the days until we travel. I really can't wait to land in Innsbruk and see the ground covered in snow, hopfully.

Crosby,Liverpool
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4. Re: Non Skier in January

My wife and i walked around the lake when we were there in June and it was lovely. I can imagine it would feel like a totally different walk in the snow, so i think we'll take your advise and do it again.

Many thanks for the rest of the information. It sounds as if Seefeld will be even nicer in the snow as it was in the sun, as we were very lucky with the weather.

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5. Re: Non Skier in January

Hi we tried walking in Seefeld last year as we got a bit fed up with skiing, we've skied in Seefeld for years and never seen much of it apart from the ski slopes. We found some lovely walks in and around by taking local bus rides and you can get a very good service into Mittenwald (we walked there but it took 4 hours) we were a bit tired when we arrived but you can take the bus half way to Sharnitz and walk from there. There is a very nice restaurant/coffee stop in Sharnitz if you do fancy a long walk. If you take the bus to Leutasch you'll find a chair lift that takes you and your toboggan up the mountain, we plan to do that in January when we go again... we missed out last year. We're also planning to do a bit of cross country skiing, which you might like to try, you can hire an instructor to give you a few tips and take you out to the most amazing places far away from the crowds. Hope this has given you a bit of food for thought.

Crosby,Liverpool
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6. Re: Non Skier in January

Hi there, yes your information has most certainly given me lots to think about. Did you buy a toboggan out in Seefeld and if so, where did you buy it from?

I was looking on one of the webcams today and they have already had a little snow, so fingers crossed for mid January.

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7. Re: Non Skier in January

My opinion Seefeld is a great winter resort for non skiers.

Kilometers of good walking trails in many directions. Tired walking to leutasch or elsewhere- just take local bus back to Seefeld. Excelent mountain views.

Several lifts to take you quickly and safely to mountain tops for walking , views , even a stop at a mountain restaurant.

In sunny weather some places even have beach chairs to rent for a relaxing time.

Fine ice skating rink- great cafes - many serving outdoors in sunny weather.

excellent choice of accomodations and dining.

Often a winter event of cross country skiing. ski jumping to entertain you.

Easy train connections to Innsbruck Mittenwald, Garmisch in Germany .

Seefeldeven has a small casino for those wishing to try their luck.

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8. Re: Non Skier in January

No we didn't buy a toboggan as I think you can hire them in Leutasch but you'd need to check.. have fun. We're there the week before you and can't wait, we've already book 2015 too!

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9. Re: Non Skier in January

Hi I was just wondering how long did you spend in Mittenwalden?

Lincoln, United...
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10. Re: Non Skier in January

Hi we spent about an hour there as we were dog tired! Found somewhere to have soup and coffee and looked around the shopping area but didn't have the inclination to do any shopping, it was very quiet too. We intend to go on the bus or train this year instead of walking and then we can have a good long browse but there aren't as many shops as in Seefeld.

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