Olympic region of Seefeld
A winter sports town with history
Seefeld's history as a venue for major events started in 1934: The European Ice Skating Championships were only to herald what was still to come: in 1964 it was the venue for the Nordic disciplines at the Innsbruck Olympic Games.
Seefeld always benefited from being situated on the high plateau at roughly 1,200 metres and therefore having guaranteed snow. This reliability and constantly developed infrastructure has already ensured 3 major Olympic events in the town with 3,300 inhabitants. Besides Seefeld, the whole Olympic region also includes Leutasch, Reith, Mösern, Buchen and Scharnitz.
Major events in the Olympic region
- 1934: European Ice Skating Championships
- 1949: International Winter Paralympic Games for the deaf
- 1952: Austrian Ice Skating Championships
- 1963: Biathlon World Championships
- 1964: Olympic Games in Innsbruck and Seefeld
- 1985: Nordic Skiing World Championships
- 1988: Winter Paralympics
- 2000-2004: Air & Style Snowboard Contest
- 2012: Venue for the Youth Winter Olympic Games
And the next major event is already planned for 2019: the Nordic Skiing World Championships have already been awarded to Seefeld.
Sport in the Olympic region
The major events improved the infrastructure and sports on offer every time. As a result, winter sports teams still like to use the region for preparation:
- Skiing: 37 kilometres of slopes, which are all connected by 30 cable cars and lifts
- Cross-country skiing: 279 km of trails make Seefeld the top destination in Europe
- Biathlon: one of Europe's most state-of-the-art biathlon facilities.
- Nordic centre of excellence: Seefeld even scores for ski jumping with its two new ski jumps.
- Ice skating: Besides the Olympic Sports and Congress Centre you can also find options for ice skating in Scharnitz and Leutasch. Curling is also possible in various places.
- Tobogganing: several natural runs are available for tobogganing and snow tubing in the winter.