Mountain Lifts in Summer
There are two areas of Seefeld served by mountain lifts in the summer months - the Rosshütte and the Gschwandtkopf.
Visitors occasionally ask why there is no weekly pass for the mountain lifts. The answer is simple - the Seefeld plateau is high enough to offer mountain and forest walking in various valleys and ranges. The Rosshütte and Gschwandtkopf areas are only small and quite limited parts of the hiking on offer, as opposed to other resorts where it is necessary to take lifts to get up into the mountains in the first place.
Probably the closest equivalent to a weekly lift ticket would be the holiday duration ticket for the village buses.
The Rosshütte Mountain Railway
The Rosshütte is the largest lift-served area in winter and summer and opens up fabulous panoramas for those who are unable or unwilling to take steeper paths. As the initial lift is a mountain railway, it is also more suitable for those who suffer from vertigo (although there is a stretch which is slightly elevated above the ground).
The railway finishes at the Rosshütte mountain station at 1751 metres. From there the Seefelderjochbahn rises straight up to the ridge crest (at over 2000 metres) and views down into the isolated and beautiful Eppzirler valley. Alternatively the Härmelekopfbahn travels across the Hermannstal valley and offers a chance to see paragliders launching in good weather. The lift company offer a popular combination package, including return journey on all lifts and a tea or coffee and cake in the mountain restaurant.
The Gschwandtkopf lift is within easy walking distance of Seefeld village centre in the direction of Mösern. The lift rises to the top of the Gschwandtkopf, and a mountain restaurant, at just under 1500 metres. From here it is possible to walk down to Mösern to the west, Auland to the east, or to return under the lift to Seefeld.
NB Visitors who have never used chairlifts are sometimes apprehensive about how to get on or off the lift. Although the lift runs continuously, it is slowed for people to get on. The correct technique is to walk forward to the marked line, wait until the chair comes around from behind and then sit down. Once the chair is away from the station, bring the safety bar overhead down and only raise it when you see a sign on the pylon near the top. Again, the lift will slow to allow people off at the top.
The Kreith chairlift, over in the Leutasch village of Weidach, is at the time of writing not in operation.