Austrian Tyrol Skate Week

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Trip code: 
CYD
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cross-country skiing
Min age:
18
Group size:
4–11

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. Tuition is is provided by Eric Woolley, a Snowsport England Coach/Tutor, who has been leading our holidays for many years. We stay in the lovely Hotel Fischerwirt, where the Family Kirchberger will offer a warm welcome and some deliciously hearty Tyrolean food.

 

2018 will be Eric's last winter as a leader; don't miss the opportunity to enjoy his expert tuition and good humour!

Highlights

  • All departures led by Eric Woolley

  • 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 - FREE (subject to availability)
  • Visas or vaccinations

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Achenkirch.

    Fly to Innsbruck; transfer to our hotel in Achenkirch.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Day 8

    Transfer to Innsbruck; fly to London.

    Transfer to Innsbruck; fly to London.

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.

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 free of charge (subject to availability). There are also some double for sole use, please contact us for prices and availability.

Expert Blog Entries

  • 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.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Graham Sexton

    Austrian Tyrol Skate Level 2

    A familiar mix of coaching and touring in a new location in the Austrian Tyrol.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting the hang of skiing uphill without taking breaks.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric combines excellent coaching with a good sense of humour to make a superb all-round holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is usually possible to ski without a backpack provided the weather is reasonable and you have enough pockets for a few small items.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel seems a particularly good choice for single travellers, as the single rooms were spacious and did not incur an extra charge. The food in the hotel is plentiful and very traditional Austrian thus providing plenty of calories; those looking for "healthy" options might be disappointed.
  • Reviewed January 2016
    Elizabeth M

    Skate Level 1 week

    A fantastic holiday. I really enjoyed it. Everything was good - the hotel, our leader, the people in our group and the snow. I was a bit nervous about the holiday but I came away feeling I could skate fairly well, not for long distances but at least close to the approved style!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The last day when we skied 9 km down from Steinberg to Achenkirch in sunshine on good tracks through beautiful scenery and I skated most of the way except for a bit of walking up the hills when my legs gave out!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric is a great teacher, knowledgeable, patient and generally able to explain things so I can understand them, as well as making it all lot of fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You will enjoy it a lot more and progress much further if you get fit beforehand. Although I was generally in the middle of the group, I found I needed to alternate skating with walking as my legs gave out after too long a stretch which was disappointing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel is excellent. Even the single rooms were spacious, the food was good and they offered free extras such as a candle light walk, inner tube sledging and curling but the WiFi in my room was awful.
  • Reviewed January 2016
    Mary Holden

    Skate Level 1 week

    An excellent week in a lovely location. A good mix of tuition and skiing around the local area and I really felt I made progress throughout the week. The hotel is nice with lovely food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The last day skiing back from Steinberg to Achenkirch on lovely tracks and in beautiful sunshine. Also towards the end of the week feeling that I had got the hang of skating!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric is a great teacher and took time to help each member of the group improve their skating technique.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy some of the optional extras offered by the hotel. We had a candlelit walk followed by gluhwein, and also went curling on the afternoon of our day off.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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