What do you do on a nice winter day in Munich? Get out of the city and head into the mountains! My second favorite winter activity (after snowboarding) is cross-country skiing. It’s a fantastic yet strenuous sport which can be learned fairly quickly (granted you’ve stood on skis before) and lets you explore the snowy forests away from the crowds of the ski slopes.
My favorite XC skiing destination is by far Seefeld, close to Innsbruck in Austria. The Winter Olympics 1954 and 1976 and Winter Youth Olympics 2012 have taken place here. Furthermore, it’s a regular spot on the World Cup calendar. And its no wonder why: the practice course is spacious and provides courses for beginners as well as for the more advanced skiers who can enjoy the vast courses through the woods. Advanced skiers can even attempt the World Cup 2019 course while tackling some serious elevation.
Without a doubt, you will be speechless: from the beautiful scenery but more likely from the strenuous hills.
I love cross-country skiing because I really work out my entire body and I can push my limits on the many ups and downs. While I usually choose the skating technique, you can also opt for the classic technique. This is definitely easier for beginners and requires less balance and effort.
Of course you can also ski, ice skate, and even enjoy the hot thermal baths in the village.
How to get there:
From Munich, you can take the Flixbus from 8€ oneway. The ride will take you a bit less than 2h and you are getting off at Rosshütte. Then walk about 20min into the village center.
I recommend getting your ski set at Rückenwind. The service is great and you can choose from a variety of brands, ski types and shoes. Typically the rate for the classic ski set is slightly cheaper than the skating set (18-20€).
What to bring:
Don’t wear too much, as you will be sweating a lot. A light jacket, pants, gloves and hat are fine. If you have a Camelpak or similar, even better! Also bring a small snack, extra clothes, gloves, and a hat to change into once you are done.