Cross-country Skiing in Seefeld

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Discover Austria's premier cross-country skiing area

In Austria's finest cross-country ski location, Seefeld's extensive network of loipe offers some of the best skiing in the Alps. From our comfortable base at Hotel Menthof, we enjoy an active week of cross-country skiing through the impressive Tyrolean landscape. Our expert leader will provide classic skills tuition while taking us to beautiful ski areas and neighbouring villages such as Mosern and Unterleutasch. On the free day, we have plenty of opportunities to try something a little different: watch the popular ski jumping, enjoy some good winter walking or take a fast train ride into Innsbruck for a day of sightseeing in the town's old centre.


  • Explore Austria's top skiing area
  • Enjoy immaculately groomed trails
  • Choose from a wide range of activities on free day
  • Discover the Austrian Tyrol

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star hotel
  • 5 days of cross-country skiing
  • Group normally 5 to 14, plus leader
  • Cross-country skiing grade 1, 2 or 3, beginners to intermediate
  • Cross-country skis, poles and boots included


What's included

  • 7 nights half board at the Hotel Menthof
  • 5 days of ski instruction/guiding
  • Cross-country ski, boots and poles
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Airport transfers (for group flights only)
  • Return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck with Thomson Airways,

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation - (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional activities

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 


  • Day 1

    Fly to Innsbruck; transfer to Seefeld.

    Fly from Gatwick to Innsbruck; transfer to Seefeld (approx. 45mins).

  • Days 2-4

    3 days skiing

    As Austria’s premier cross-country skiing destination, Seefeld boasts an excellent variety of circuits around the several hundred kilometres of prepared tracks. During the first three days of cross-country skiing some more time may be spent on the easier trails near the village and around the stadium to practise and improve our technique.

    We prefer not to specify in advance where we will ski each day. This is to enhance the flexibility and adapt to weather and snow conditions and to some extent the ability of each group. When choosing routes, the leader's priority will be to take in a variety of scenery and to ensure that participants become better and more confident skiers as the week progresses.

  • Day 5

    Free day

    Free day; optional activities includiing snowshoeing, winter walking or a day trip to Innsbruck.

  • Days 6-7

    Two further days of skiing

    A selection of easy tracks is available for learning or revising the basics before moving on to more varied terrain, such as circuits to Mosern, or up to Wildmoosalm where many kilometres of loipe explore silent forests. The Leutasch Valley is off to the northwest, and here we can ski a further network of easy and moderate tracks. Several longer, more challenging days are possible by linking some of the more difficult routes, parts of which constitute previous Olympic and World Cup circuits. The scenery is outstanding, with snow-capped mountains of the Karwendal and Wetterstein ranges providing an inspiring backdrop.

  • Day 8

Essential Info



No visa required for British passport holders.



There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.


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.

Snow conditions have been quite unpredictable across Europe for several years now and on occasions not all loipen (tracks) are open. The snow conditions may mean that at times we have to travel further away to find good tracks. 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?

Cross-country skiing is an increasingly popular winter pastime. Compared to those used for downhill, the skis are longer, thinner and lighter with bindings that allow you to lift up your heel. Most cross-country skiing is undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe) covering flat and hillier terrain enabling you to explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine pistes. It is a fun way to explore an area, as well as a fantastic way to keep fit.

Exodus offers cross-country skiing holidays to suit a wide range of technical and physical levels. Our cross-country skiing grades reflect both the level of physical fitness required and the level of skiing experience required. They are comparable to the activity levels we use on our snowshoeing, cycling, activity and trekking holidays; however we believe a slightly different system is required, due to the tuition we provide on our holidays. This sets our cross-country skiing holidays apart, as we tend not to need to teach people how to ride a bike or walk.
The aim remains to create groups of similar ability and fitness. Our descriptions are below, however feel free to call and speak to an expert if you are unsure which grade or type of holiday will suit you best.

Seefeld is an ideal centre for beginners, with the Olympic stadium to practise and a wide range of easy accessible loipe.

Grade 1 - Beginners
A week for complete beginners. Inevitably we start with the basics, including how to stop using the snowplough technique and how to turn. You will be on skis for at least 5-6 hours a day with a focus on tuition, getting comfortable on skis and building towards longer tours through the winter landscape.

Grade 2 - Improvers
These weeks are ideal for those who have enjoyed at least one grade 1 holiday and grasped the basics. They offer tuition to refresh and improve technique and typically will ski a little further than Grade 1 weeks, and over more varied terrain, i.e. more ups and downs and therefore requiring a slightly higher level of fitness.
In some cases these weeks are acceptable for newcomers to cross-country skiing. Beginners on these weeks should be very fit and proficient in sports that develop balance - ice-skating, roller-skating or roller skiing and will need to pick up the basic technique quickly. Please contact us if you wish to book a Grade 2 holiday but have not skied before.

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.


Hotel Menthof - 3 Star

Hotel Menthof, a charming hotel set amid stunning Tyrolean scenery and close to the loipe, is an ideal base for an excellent week of skiing. The family-run hotel, only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Seefeld, is traditional in style and has a homely atmosphere. Our rooms are all en suite and the meals are prepared with local produce. A word of warning about Austria for people sharing 'twin-bedded rooms': these often contain a single unit with two separate mattresses and separate bedding; it is not usually possible to move them apart, though it may sometimes be possible to add an extra bed - please check with us if this is important to you. Single rooms are available for a supplement (please check price and availability with our sales team). There may be some double for single use available on occasion, please check with us for prices and availability.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Michael Hoath

    Good week in Seefeld

    Plenty of scope in spite of deteriorating conditions (too much sun). That's the advantage of an area like Seefeld with trails to suit all skill and stamina levels.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finding that after 25 years the strudel at Wildmoosalm is still great.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric Woolley was excellent as expected (he stepped in at very short notice) - offering advice when asked, and himself enjoying a week of classic technique.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Hotel Menthof is relatively small, and some may find it a little quiet. However, it is only a short walk to the centre of Seefeld, so if you still have energy at the end of the day (how?) then you will be catered for.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Frances Wilson


    Good holiday in spite of snow conditions. Hotel was very good with a varied dinnermenu and breakfast buffet. Hotel staff were very friendly staff. Bedroom clean with very good ensuite. Communal kettle which was very useful. Hire skis were good although metal edges would be useful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day at Leutasch with great views, good snow and eating a wonderful Kaiserschmarran sitting in the sun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. There was quite a range within the small group of 6 and he coped with this as well as some challenging snow conditions.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring walking boots as there is a snow shoeing trip run by the tourist office which is well worth going on if the off day is Wednesday. Good equipment provided and the total cost for the day per person is €6

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We probably did not see this area at its best due to the poor snow conditions. The views of the surrounding mountains are stunning and the leader knew all the best places to eat.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Joy Jackson

    Cross Country Skiing in Seefeld

    It had a very pleasant group with a small family hotel who were very obliging. The food was both good and plentiful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably some of the skiing in higher places and a walk on the last day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chris could not go to enough trouble. He was very patient with people of varying standards of skiing. Although it was a beginners class some people had quite a lot of experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a bright torch or kindle if you want to be able to read on a sleepless night. All hotels now seem to have 40 watt bulbs which don't assist the night reader. This was particularly bad on my trip to Burma with you, where I was in a 3 bedroom room with lights between the beds so reading was impossible!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had Room 107. A pleasant enough room but with a 4ft bath with a step in it for showering. There was no riser on the shower and the roof of the bathroom sloped downwards so I could not stand straight for a shower. I am 5' 8" and one of the taller ladies on the trip. It was useful that I had gone with people I knew so I could user their bathroom on the odd occasion when I was tired and needed the refreshing effects of a hot bath. I believe there was a spare bathroom down the corridor, but the hotel never made it known to me.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Isabella Gilmartin

    From falling over to Red runs - in one week.

    The Exodus Nordic Skiing Course is without question the best way to learn how to Nordic Ski. Our instructor and guide Mr Chris Kirkham took a bunch of nervous Nordic ski virgins (several of whom had never skied at all) and with quiet confidence got us all hooked on the sport. His skill in dealing with a group of very mixed ability was impressive. All participants felt included and well tutored from the start to finish. The hotel was charming and well located and definitely provided good value for money. Decor was a little eccentric here and here, but warm and welcoming. Rooms were spacious, food was good and plentiful (though not brilliant for vegetarians) and the location, within easy walking distance of the town.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being told by Chris that we could manage a Red Run...and we did.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was excellent. Calm, confident with refined people skills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ask for Mr Kirkham as your group leader, instructor/guide.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nordic skiing is fun - a skill worth learning.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Stephen Smith

    X-country skiing: Seefeld

    Great holiday all elements were well organised

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Skiing for the first time

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent leader took care of all members of the group
  • Reviewed January 2015
    Francisco Barahona

    Seefeld classic and skate skiing

    Good skiing, good leaders.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Karen (the second instructor) gave me good tips on my skiing. She was full of enthusiasm, and with a great attitude.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric is a very good leader. Gave good advice and had every aspect under control.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel Menthof is good in general, but the rooms on the top floor were a bit cool. Otherwise, the food was good, and the staff was pleasant.
  • Reviewed February 2013


    Just what I needed.  After 25 years of classic, with an occasional feeble attempt at skating based on watching others (and misinterpreting what I saw), it was revelatory (maybe a bit of hyperbole there).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    David was great.  well organised and he knew his stuff.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some people were unaware that cash is often preferred to cards - not just for this particular holiday, but in general in Austria (and anyway, paying a 10 Euro lunch bill by card?).  Also, ski hire is a significant cost and may be higher than expected (but is worth it for decent equipment).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You don't need form-fitting Lycra to skate.  You can also skate carrying a large rucksack, although this may result in the occasional discussion of the merits of travelling light with less well-equipped passers-by  - even those that are carrying more around their midriff than you are carrying on your back (fortunately the said gentleman's English, and my German, were not adequate for me to explain that his tight-fitting Lycra did not reduce his mass - it just shifted it around a bit).
  • Reviewed January 2013


    Group was nice and friendly. Instructor also very pleasant. Great location

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pleasant person

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take this trip
  • Reviewed January 2013


    A brilliant week with good company, good skiing and instruction, great hotel  and a great leader.what more could you want

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think from my personal point of view snowploughing down the rather large hills on B loipe...since I am a bit weak in that area .......and then from nothing  - mastering the XC skate technique to get me round. David the Leader had time and patience for us all even though all different levels .I really did  have  lots of "wow" moments during the week.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant. Very knowlegeable, patient, nothing too much trouble and exellent company. I had a couple of goals and he helped me achieve them.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a swimming costume to go to Pool in Seefelt in the evenings and sit in hot pool water outside gazing up at stars! Bliss.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great combination of XC skiing and lots of challenges during the week. Hotel was new to Exodus and is a great find.  Can't believe it is all over....until next year and can't wait!! Another success for Exodus. I have never been dissapointed with their holidays. Thanks You!

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. 


Next steps? 

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