Austrian Tyrol Skate Week

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Trip code: 
CYD
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Winter
Group size:
4–11
Min age:
18

Explore one of Austria's top ski centres

With over 200 km of slopes and separate tracks for classic cross-country skiers and skaters, the Achensee region is considered one of Austria's top and best equipped ski centres. We have hand-picked the picturesque town of Achenkirch, located right by northern banks of the biggest lake in Tyrol, for this week of cross-country skiing. Choose between our Skating Course, ideal for anyone who wants to learn or improve their skating skills or our Skate & Classic weeks, specifically designed for those already confident in classic cross-country skiing, who wish to try skate skiing for the first time, yet would still enjoy some days of classic technique during the week. We stay in the lovely Hotel Fischerwirt, where the Family Kirchberger will offer a warm welcome and some deliciously hearty Tyrolean food.

 

Highlights

  • Skating weeks for beginners or improvers

  • Classic weeks with introduction to skating

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star hotel
  • 5 days guided cross-country skiing (skate course or skate & classic depending on departure dates)
  • Group normally 6 to 11, plus leader
  • Cross-country skis, boots and poles included
  • Cross-country skiing grade 3, Intermediates, skating L1 or L2, beginners or Improvers

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Cross-country skis, boots and poles

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (subject to availability)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 12, see Trip Notes)
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Achenkirch.

    Start at our hotel near the lake in Achenkirch.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-4

    Three days of ski tuition

    Morning coaching sessions allow an opportunity to learn or refresh skills and the afternoons can be spent exploring the area. Thanks to our central base, we can enjoy many varied circuits in the Achenkirch and Pertisau areas.
    The Achenkirch loipe is accessible directly opposite the hotel, so we will often start our day there. Alternatively we may take a bus to head further in the valley towards the German border or even to Pertisau, where another extensive network of loipe is available. In total we have 117km of skate tracks to choose from!

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day.

    Usually the free day to relax, ski independently or visit one of the nearby Tyrolean towns, such as Innsbruck, Mayrhofen or Kufstein.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 6-7

    Two further days of guided skiing.

    If appropriate, we will incorporate some longer tours on more challenging terrain, where we can really perfect our technique.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Achenkirch.

    The trip ends in Achenkirch.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.

Weather

Achenkirch is situated at 930m and at this height snow can lie from December to mid-March, with fresh snowfalls at any time. Average daytime temperatures in winter are around -5ºC, though they can fall as low as -15ºC with approximately 8 to 10 hours of daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Snow conditions have been quite unpredictable across Europe for several years now and on occasions not all loipe (tracks) are open. The snow conditions may mean that at times we have to travel further away to find good tracks. The Achensee region offer many options for skiing and this extensive network has always been sufficient for our groups to ski everyday, even when snow conditions were dificult. While this has so far never been necessary in the region, we also recommend taking trekking boots in case conditons are simply not good enough for skiing.

Is this trip for you?

The region of Achensee and Pertisau offer a wide variety of terrain, from easy tracks for beginners to challenging undulating routes for the advanced skiers. The leader will choose the appropriate routes according to the grade of the week and the general level of the group. Each week is a mix of technical tuition and touring varying depending on the needs of each group.

 

Skate weeks:
Skating has become more popular in recent years, with classic cross-country skiers who want to try something more challenging. With shorter skis than the classic style skis, we explore the winter landscapes at a faster pace thanks to a very specific technique. Skating is undertaken on prepared tracks and exhilarating days are spent skiing quickly over flat ground, up hills and down them.

Classic and Skate weeks:
These weeks are for those with previous experience in classic cross-country skiing wanting to improve their skills and have a try at learning the skating technique. With the benefit of not having to commit to one style, you will be given training in both classic and skate, helping you find which style suits you best. Our week will be split between learning to skate and perfecting our classic technique, so at the end of the week we can choose which style is our favourite. This programme is aimed at skiers with experience in classic (tuition will be at grade 3) but completely new to skating (skating tuition at level 1). It is ideal if you wish to give skating a try but without committing to a full week.

 

Classic cross-country skiing:

Grade 3 Intermediates 

A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks, at the required level. All our race weeks are set at this level, as are our higher level skate weeks. Please note the higher level skate weeks also require specific skating experience.

 

Skating levels:
L1 Beginners
Recommended for those who have tried classic cross-country skiing, mastered the basics (including the snowplough) and now wish to try the skating style. Generally a faster skiing motion than classic cross-country skiing, you will need to be of reasonable fitness and have confidence on the snow. Whilst not skiing in tracks you will be on prepared, gradually undulating slopes and cover approximately 10-15km a day.

L2 Intermediates
Covering more challenging terrain, this level is for those who have already mastered the basics of the skating style and wish to improve their skating technique. Terrain covered will be slightly more challenging and you should expect to cover 15-20km per day. You will be taught techniques to help you increase your speed, perfect for those wishing to take on the challenge of a ski race.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotel Fischerwirt - 3 star

The Hotel Fischerwirt opened its doors in 1875 as a traditional and rustically furnished 3-star hotel. Directly located on the north shore of the Achensee Lake the hotel offers easy access to 50 km of cross-country skiing slopes. All rooms are en suite, and double and twin rooms offer a balcony or deck with view of the Karwendel mountain range or of the lake. Facilities include satellite TV, telephone, sitting area, safe and hair dryer. All floors are served by a lift and there is a ski room with boot driers. WIFI connection is also available in most rooms and in the common areas. This excellent base offers a very warm welcome and nice treats such as free daily use of the sauna between 16-22 hrs, a complimentary coffee and cake during the week and a weekly torchlight walk with mulled wine! Single rooms are available upon request. There are also some double for sole use, please contact us for prices and availability.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
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  • Reviewed February 2019
    Margaret Owen

    A brilliant introduction to skate skiing

    A great place to learn to skate ski with plenty of easy tracks (even though some were closed because there had been too much snow!) Alex is a great teacher: very encouraging and great fun but never pushy. I had never skate ski-ed before and it was tricky to start with but by the end of the week I had got the hang (at least of the basics) and was really enjoying it. The company was good and the group worked well even though there was quite a spread of skill levels. I would definitely like to go on another dedicated skate week (it’s what all the cool cx-skiers are doing in Europe!) but there aren’t that many options on Exodus. How about a skate week in Dobbaccio or one of the Norwegian places Exodus?

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Realising (on day 2) that I could actually do it without falling over

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex was brilliant and great fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it! A bit of basic fitness and stamina will make a big difference to your enjoyment

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I’d like to see more skating weeks offered on Exodus in different resorts. Achenkirch is great for level one but any more advanced than that and I think the guide would be a bit limited in planning suitable excursions. Dobaccio or one of the Norwegian areas would be brilliant.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Michael T

    Austrian Tyrol Skate & Classic Week

    This holiday was for beginners Skate & intermediate Classic cross country skiing. Achenkirch is a great area with a good variety of loipen from easy to challenging which are well maintained. Snow conditions during the week were excellent for skiing (not icy) & we were fortunate in having Eric Woolley as our leader. He is an excellent instructor & gives plenty of encouragement whilst ensuring that everyone enjoys themselves & has fun. We were made to feel welcome at the Hotel Fischerwirt which was very comfortable & provided us with a good selection of Austrian Cuisine. I have been on many cross country skiing holidays & this one has been the best yet!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Skiing down from Steinberg to Achenkirch

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try to get fit before going on this type of holiday.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Paula Gould

    Sunshine, strudel and lots of snow - perfect conditions for a skating novice

    This was my second 'Learn to Skate' holiday with Exodus. Having enjoyed the beginners' holiday so much in 2017, I decided to make the most of Eric's excellent tuition and build my skating confidence and competence before taking the next step to intermediate level. As last year, several other people in the group had skated once or twice before - others were completely new to skating (but not to XC or downhill skiing). But that wasn't a problem. Eric ran the holiday as described and thanks to his near-exhaustive (!) list of drills and exercises, combined with limitless patience and good humour, it was practically impossible NOT to improve your skating technique over the course - whatever level you had started at. Snow conditions were good all week and we enjoyed some excellent days out, as well as skiing from the door of the hotel and exploring the various loipe around Achenkirch. We also managed to visit numerous cafes whilst out and about (essential refuelling!) In summary - a perfect choice of holiday if you want to have a proper go at skating in beautiful surroundings, whilst also having fun and eating cake.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Skating around the loipe at Achenkirch on the last day and thinking - I'm doing this, I have really learned to skate!! Skating around Pertisau on squeaky snow in brilliant sunshine and admiring the mountain views (without falling over or looking like a complete tourist).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric's patience, good humour and unerring ability to spot exactly how everyone's technique could be improved (whether it's a big change or a tiny tweak) makes him the perfect coach. He also managed to notice that I was struggling with cold hands on day 1 (though I was trying not to show it) and loaned me his own three-finger gloves for the remainder of the holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't book this holiday if you don't actually want to spend 5 days on skating skis. Sounds obvious, but this holiday is more about tuition than daily mileage. Do come with a good appetite - the food is fantastic!
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Allister Bell

    Tyrol Skate Week

    Achenkirch is an excellent location with well prepared tracks across the road from the hotel and excellent bus connections to other locations in the valley. We were very lucky to have superb snow conditions. The hotel is warm, comfortable and very friendly. Food is excellent and good vegetarian options. The skiing is a mixture of flat, fast areas for training, small climbs in woods, and bigger climbs at Pertisau. Ski hire equipment is of a good quality and hired locally, so you can change kit as needed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The ski trip back from Steinberg is magical. So good, I did it again the next day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric is both a superb Coach and group leader. He is able to manage a group of mixed abilities, ensure everyone is both challenged and supported, and makes sure everyone is having a great time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The intermediate trip is quite demanding. Arrive fit and rested and you will get the most out of it.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Hilary Lodge

    Austrian Tyrol Skate Week

    A very enjoyable holiday, good snow and good ski-ing The Hotel Fischerwirt was very comfortable and the food was very good.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Beautiful hoar frost glinting in the sunlight

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. No matter what level of ski-ing experience you have, Eric's tuition will always lead to improvements in your ski-ing technique.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Depending on the level of your fitness, the ski-ing can be quite tough
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Elizabeth Mansbridge

    Austrian Tyrol Skate Week L2

    Good snow, great hotel and food, good skiing area and a fantastic leader in Eric but misleading grading. Having done the beginners skating course and some roller skiing, I didn't expect the intermediate course to be mainly people who had skied at least one and in most cases several ski marathons of up to 50km. It also didn’t help that I wasn't fit enough. I did improve thanks to Eric but I struggled! I understand it was an exceptionally tough group so some of the other dates may have been better for less experienced intermediates like me but I guess you just take your luck.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole area is fantastic for skiing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric is very, very good.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Nicholas Farnell

    Achensee ski skating holiday 2016. level 2

    Just returned from one of my best skiing holidays ever and i have been skiing for over 45 years. Can't get the memories out of my mind . Eric Woolley was a great leader and has a great sense of humour.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    mastering the skating technique

    What did you think of your group leader?

    highly recommended. Many good tips for racing. Inspired to race one of the famous marathon ski races .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want a change from downhill skiing and are of reasonable fitness, ski skating makes for a great holiday. It is energetic but relaxing and there are none of those ski queues and crowded slopes so often found in downhill skiing

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A level 3 ski skate course would be of interest
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Michael Hoath

    Great success

    New to the brochure - or rather a return to Achensee after a few years, and a new hotel. I chose this holiday because I wanted to see what the area looks like in proper winter conditions, having been here many years ago in winter (no snow) and summer (yes, snow). The hotel was a real find.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    That skating technique is not just a theoretical possibility but actually might be practical, given a few more years.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    First rate, vastly experienced and able to teach.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a specific holiday for experienced classic skiers who want to improve their skills and begin to learn skating technique. Make sure that's what you want.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Achenkirch would be good to use as a base for summer walking once again, since I see there are now only a few Austrian holidays in the summer brochure. I love the location, and I remember the sheer decadent pleasure of the walks when they ended with a boat trip on the lake.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Colin Wood

    Achenkirch classic and skate skiing

    I came home tired but exhilarated. It was a great way to refresh and improve my classic skiing. The introduction to skate skiing was a bonus and great fun too.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Actually getting the hang of skate skiing for a few moments.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric was wonderful. His expertise, patience and good humour was the perfect blend to form a cohesive and friendly group. Everybody learned a lot and had fun doing it.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Exercise before you go. Triceps and sartorial muscles need a good workout.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Julia K

    Austrian Skate 2 Tyrol CYD160227

    Fantastic holiday. Eric Woolley is a great leader and teacher and full of energy. Our whole group was really fun and we all got on so well. The Tyrol is an amazing place to ski. Hotel is super comfortable with sauna and spa.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Steinberg to Achenkirch - I liked it so much that I skated it four times!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric is expert at inspiring everyone to improve their technique whilst having fun at the same time. I really appreciated that on our free day, Eric's day off, he still skied with anyone that wanted to. I just wanted to ski as much as I could and explore the area so I really appreciated Eric going the extra mile in that way.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get really fit before you go on this holiday!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The skate ski hire was great as all the skis, boots and poles were new and good quality. Worth Exodus considering putting on a skate 3 holiday for next year. I think a lot of us would be interested.

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Call us on 1 844 227 9087