Cross-Country Skiing at Leutasch and Seefeld Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Austria
Programmes:
Winter
Trip Code:
K07LE
Activity Rating - Mixed
Multi-Level

You may be a total beginner or an experienced cross-country skier. Many destinations offer different level weeks or multi-grade skiing on the same week. Choose from ‘Classic’ and ‘Skate’ style holidays, or even a ski marathon race for the ultimate winter challenge. See below for more grading details.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Ages: 12+

Trip Overview

Leutasch is truly a winter wonderland - its high level plateau and tranquil valley provide some of the prettiest and most extensive cross-country skiing and walking trails in Europe. The Winter Olympics have been held here twice! Leutasch also offers winter walking,  horse-drawn sleigh rides, tobogganing, curling, ice skating, snowshoeing and alpine skiing. 

At a Glance

  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast, afternoon snack and evening meals

Trip Highlights

  • Luxury 4 star hotel with heated indoor pool, saunas, steam bath and jacuzzi
  • 250km of immaculately groomed cross-country skiing trails; guided and independent choices
  • Other activities: winter walking, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, alpine pistes
  • Pretty villages, onion-domed churches, cosy mountain cafes
Adult min age:
18
Child min age:
12
Child max age:
17

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Leutasch
End City:
Leutasch

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Leutasch

    We meet you at Innsbruck Airport for the short drive to Leutasch (40 mins).

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Days 2-7

    Typical Itinerary

    Head into the village to pick up your skis, boots and poles then set off on one of the many trails in the Leutasch Valley. There are plenty to choose from, with over 150km of classic cross country skiing tracks, 112km of skating cross country trails and 143km of prepared winter walking routes in the area. Explore the picture perfect snowy landscapes to a backdrop of white capped mountain peaks, snow dusted forest and traditional Alpine huts. For a longer day out, hop on the convenient ski bus to discover the Olympic village of Seefeld.

    After a day out on the trails, return to the cosy comfort of the ever welcoming Hotel Hubertushof for an afternoon snack, not to mention relaxation in the hotel's excellent wellness centre.

    For less confident skiers or beginners, ski tuition can be arranged at the local ski school in the village. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange this service.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    Return Home

    We take you to the airport in time to connect with your flight home.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel

The 4 star Hotel Hubertushof is owned and run by the affable Pfeffel family who are keen for you to have the very best of stays.

Located at 1130m above sea level, the hotel sits prettily on the Seefeld Plateau, surrounded by snow covered pastures with the Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountains looming overhead.

Customers are allocated the Tannenwald bedrooms, which are comfortable and spacious, with either bath or shower, and come with mountain or pasture views as well as all the facilities you would expect from a four star hotel.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from $358.40 USD

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

Buffet breakfast, afternoon snack and evening meals.

Austria is renowned for its wholesome, robust food and you will be thankful for this after a hard day’s skiing. Typically, you will be set up for the day by a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, along with the traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunchtime and less in the evenings; you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialities include Wiener schnitzel (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables in a style similar to English cooking. Desserts are often fruit based - such as Apfelstrudel - or cream pastries. Rehrucken is a traditional chocolate and almond cream cake. On average Austrians, drink twice as much coffee as beer. There are many different types to choose from, particularly in the larger towns and cities and are often drunk in specialist coffee houses, known locally as a Kaffeehaus. It is often served in large cups and finished off with a healthy dose of whipped cream.

Austrian wines tend to be sweet white varieties, similar to German Mosel wines. The three best-known areas for producing white wines are Krems, Klosterneuburg and Gumpoldskirchen. The main red wine producing area is Voslau. Of course Austria is better known for its beer and you will find a wide variety of local brews. The best known are Gösser and Augustiner Brau and come in light or dark forms.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Seefeld is situated at 1180m 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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Your trip normally starts at the hotel in Leutasch on the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary.

Full joining instructions including route notes, hotel list and local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.  Please note maps will be provided upon arrival at your start hotel.

The tour only prices for this holiday exclude transfers from innsbruck airport , Innsbruck station or an Innsbruck hotel, but these can be arranged for you. Please contact us at least 1 week before departure to book this service. Supplements apply.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Standard transfers
Transfers will be arranged from Innsbruck airport, Innsbruck station or an Innsbruck hotel as required, at no additional charge. Transfers are based on 2 passengers traveling.

Location start:
Leutasch
Location end:
Leutasch

What to Take

Essential Equipment

3 or 3-4 season waterproof walking boots with semi-rigid soles, and good ankle support.

Shoe grip

A small rucksack to carry the items you will need during the day (water bottle, extra clothing...)

Good quality waterproof jacket

Waterproof trousers and gaiters

Warm fleece

Warm hat and gloves

Occasionally we experience unseasonably warm days, where t-shirts, lightweight trousers and light fleeces are all that's required.

Optional Equipment

Large capacity water bottle and/or thermos flask

Sunglasses and high factor sun cream and lip protection

Sit-mat (or small square of karrimat) for resting in the snow

Trainers/comfortable shoes for the evenings

Swimwear

Reading List

  • Stride and Glide - A Manual of Cross Country Skiing and Nordic Walking Paddy Field and Stuart Montgomery
  • Cross-Country skiing: Building Skills for Fun and Fitness Mountaineers Outdoor Expert
  • The Essential Cross-Country Skier: A Step-by-step Guide Rick Lovett and Paul Peterson
  • Lonely Planet - Austria
  • Austria - DK Eyewitness Travel Guide

Practical Information

Passport

Austria

Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Austria

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Austria's Timezone:
Europe/Vienna CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Austria's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Austria's Currency

The national currency of Austria is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.67 to the AUD and 0.63 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATM facilities are available in Seefeld and most shops accept credit cards. 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

For the lunches we suggest allowing between €10 and €12.

You may wish to allow for some additional expenses on your free day as there are many optional activities available in Seefeld; cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, tobogganing and snowshoeing. Equipment hire and passes are available locally. Your leader can provide further information. 

Responsible Tourism

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.