2019 Seefeld-Engadin Trip: Pre-Departure Information
Here are a few pieces of information as you make your final preparations for the trip.
Here is a link to your detailed trip itinerary. There may be additional updates and changes as the trip approaches. This itinerary should give you a detailed overview of your trip.
We recommend adding the itinerary to the home screen of your mobile phone or tablet for easy access during the trip. It will look like an app on screen.
Android (Chrome): Tap the “Customize and Control” button (three vertical dots) in the upper right-hand corner of your web browser, then tap “Add to Home screen.”
iPhone (Safari): Tap the “Action" button (box with upward arrow) on the bottom of the screen, then tap the “Add to Homescreen” button.
Communication on tour
We highly recommend having a WhatsApp account for communication on tour. WhatsApp is a simple, free way to communicate with your trip leaders and other WhatsApp users. If you do not have a WhatsApp account, you can download it and set it up before the trip.
We will make a group for communicating and sharing photos while on tour. If you would like to be added to the WhatsApp group, please send Garrott your phone number before the trip.
What to Expect
This is your vacation. We hope that you can enjoy it at your leisure. We are here to support you along the way.
A typical day always starts with a hearty breakfast at our hotel. Our trip leaders will share an overview of the following day most evenings. More detailed recommendations for trails and stops will be provided in the morning. Your skis will be prepared and ready for you in the morning, usually waiting in the hotel’s ski room. You can let us know in the evening if you prefer to classic or skate ski the next day. We will also have an area designated in the ski room where you can put the skis you would like to use the next day.
Each day, you are free to ski at your leisure. Our hotels are both within walking distance of the ski trails. However, in Seefeld, due to the World Championships the previous week, the trails in Seefeld are scheduled to be closed during our trip. Instead, there are regular shuttle buses that take us to nearby trails.
Our trip leaders will be on the trail, if you choose to ski with them on their recommended routes. You are also free to ski on your own — it’s your vacation. Most of the trails where we ski have huts where you can stop for a warm lunch.
Our hotels each have access to a wellness area, including a pool and sauna. In Seefeld, the wellness area is in the hotel. In Samedan, the wellness area is located across the street.
If you would like to book a massage or treatment during your stay, you can book that with the hotel directly. Our hotels recommend booking at least 48 hours in advance. Your trip leaders can also help facilitate these reservations.
Each of our hotels is within walking distance of town, so you may also choose to explore your surroundings on your own. If you would like to do other activities outside our planned itinerary, please let your trip leaders know. They can help facilitate other experiences, such as alpine skiing, during your trip.
Some evenings, we have included activities before dinner. All of the activities are optional, but we would love to have you join us. Dinners typically start between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM at our hotel, with several options for meals. Drinks or other charges at the hotel are not included in the trip cost. They can simply be charged to your room and paid for at checkout. In the evening, our trip leaders will also give a brief overview of what to expect the next day.
When we are moving between hotels, a coach bus will be transporting us and our luggage. More detailed information about each day can be found in the itinerary.
Minimizing Jet Lag
Traveling overseas is never easy, especially when you are aiming to be fit and healthy upon arrival. The US Ski Team has published recommendations for athletes to minimize jet lag. We recommend reviewing their suggestions to help minimize the effects of jet lag before and after your trip to Europe.
Arrival in Munich
For travelers arriving in Munich at least a day before the trip, your best options for getting from the airport to the city are train or taxi.
Trains travel from the Munich Airport Station into the city every 20 minutes during the day. The cost for the ticket is €11.60 for a one-way ticket or €13.00 for a ticket valid for the full day on all of Munich’s public transportation network. We recommend simply purchasing the day pass. The staff at the train ticket desks in Munich speaks English and can help you purchase the right tickets. There is no need to purchase the ticket ahead of time.
If you are staying at the Hotel Stadt Rosenheim (Orleansplatz 6A), you can exit at the Ostbahnhof Station. The hotel is right across the street when you exit the station. Train schedules can be found online:
Munich Public Transport: mvv-muenchen.de
German Railway: bahn.de
Austrian Railway: oebb.at
Swiss Railway: sbb.ch
Taxis are also available at the airport. The cost is around 50 Euros for a taxi to the city center.
For guests meeting us at the Munich Airport, our coach bus will be picking us up at 1:30 PM at the Arrival Terminal 1D. ***Please let Garrott know in advance, if you plan to be picked up at the airport, so we do not leave without you.
For guests meeting us in Munich, our bus will be picking us up outside the Hotel Stadt Rosenheim around 2:30 PM.
Here is a link to our recommended packing list. We recommend packing enough clothes for the full trip. The lockers at our hotel in Seefeld are heated, making them a good place to dry boots between ski days. A laundromat is available in Seefeld, offering both self- and full-service washing. It is within a 10 minute walk from our hotel. Please let us know if it looks like we forgot something for the list.
All breakfasts and most dinners are included in the trip, except for our evenings in Innsbruck and St Moritz Bad. As most ski hotels in the alps host guests for a week at a time, it is common for them to rotate the menu so that we have new choices nightly. Restaurant options in the towns where we are staying outside of hotels are limited. If you choose to try other restaurants during the trip, we are happy to share our recommendations.
Lunches during the trip are on your own. We will have recommendations for you daily.
It is customary to express a personal ‘thank you’ to your trip leaders at the end of your trip, especially if they have provided you with excellent service or individual assistance. We recommend about 10 Euros per guest, for each day of your trip, for each Trip Leader.
Lumi Experiences founders Garrott & Catherine, while they may be leaders on this trip, do not wish to be tipped.
All gratuities for transportation, breakfasts and dinners are included in the cost of your trip.
For meals on your own, tipping in Austria and Switzerland usually ranges from one Euro for service at a simple restaurant, up to 10% for excellent service at a nice restaurant. In case you pay with credit card, we recommend leaving your tip in cash, as you cannot write in an additional tip on the receipt.
Cash and Credit Cards
Germany and Austria use Euro (€) currency. Switzerland uses Swiss Francs (CHF). Swiss merchants often accept Euros as well, but typically at a rate of 1:1.
Banks with ATMs are available in Munich, Seefeld, Samedan and Zurich. We recommend taking out cash from ATMs using a debit card as fees are typically lower than with a credit card.
Local tip: by choosing “Note Mix” on the ATM, you can usually choose the denomination of bills you receive. Stores and restaurants often appreciate when you pay with small denominations, such as 10 and 20 Euro notes, so they do not need to break large bills.
For purchases, credit cards and debit cards usually work the same. We also recommend calling your bank and credit card company before the trip to let them know you will be traveling abroad.
Most of the trailside huts where you might stop for lunch only accept cash. We recommend carrying cash and coins with you on the trail. Most restaurants and stores in towns will accept credit and debit cards, as well as cash.
Electronics and Staying Connected
Smartphones and internet have made traveling easier. Here are a few of our recommendations:
All of our hotels have internet throughout the building. As they are built for leisure travelers, there is not a public computer available. You may choose to bring a laptop. We have found that smartphones and tablets typically suffice for most people on a ski vacation.
Austria, Switzerland and Germany all use 230 volt electric current. Most electronics are dual voltage and simply require a plug adapter. We recommend bringing at least two North America to Central Europe adapters with you to charge your electronics.
As the hotels have wireless internet, you do not need cell service to use the internet on your smartphone in the hotel. However, phone calls will not work without an international plan. Most US cell phone service providers offer the option to upgrade to an international plan during a trip. You can contact your provider for more information.
Another option is to purchase a SIM card in Germany or Austria. A German or Austrian SIM card costs around 10 Euros for one month of service within Austria. While you cannot call the US with the German or Austrian SIM card, you can access the internet via 3G connection almost everywhere. With that connection, you can make phone calls using Skype or access Google Maps for navigation, almost everywhere we travel in Austria.
The Swiss are on a different wireless network and SIM cards for Switzerland are not purchased as easily as in Germany or Austria. A US plan that works in Switzerland is the best option for cell phone service in Switzerland.
We recommend having a Skype account to make phone calls to the US, as it is generally less expensive than calling internationally. We also recommend having a WhatsApp account. WhatsApp is a simple, free way to communicate with your trip leaders and other WhatsApp users. If you do not have a WhatsApp account, you can download it and set it up before the trip. We will make a group for communicating and sharing photos while on tour. If you would like to be added to the WhatsApp group, please send Garrott your phone number before the trip.
Safety on tour
Safety and health for all our guests on tour is very important to us. Our trip leaders will review skiing safety with us at the start of our trip. Wearing warm, dry clothes and layering while outdoors, as well as washing your hands and using hand sanitizer regularly, will help keep you healthy during our trip. If, at any point, you do not feel safe, healthy or prefer not to ski for whatever reason, please let your trip leaders know immediately. In case of emergency, we recommend saving this Emergency Contact Information.
We will be taking photos and/or video records on tour that may be used to for future promotional and/or commercial purposes. While Lumi Experiences reserves the right to use these records, we aim to respect your privacy as well. Please let us know if you prefer that we do not use photos or film of you and we will do our best to honor your request. We are also happy to share our photos with travelers during and/or after the trip.
The weather in Seefeld and St Moritz can be variable this time of year, including rain, snow, sunshine or anything in-between. We recommend the Norwegian website Yr.no for accurate, fast weather forecasts. The site also includes live webcams for both destinations.
We will be waxing your skis during the trip. Please let your trip leaders know in the evening if you prefer to skate or classic ski the next day and we will have your skis ready for you in the morning.
If you are flying with your skis, using travel wax is recommended to keep the bases fresh, but it is not necessary. We will be waxing your skis during the trip and before the events, even if you are not competing. Please let your trip leaders know in the evening if you prefer to skate or classic ski the next day and we will have your skis ready for you in the morning. There will also be a designated space in the wax room for you to leave the skis you wish to have prepared for the next day.
If you are bringing waxable classic skis, we recommend bringing a cork and a small assortment of kick waxes, to add more wax on the trail if you are skiing on your own.
Due to variable trail conditions in Seefeld this time of year, we recommend using skate skis or waxless (skin) classic skis. Our trip leaders will not be servicing classic wax during the trip, however, a basic selection of classic waxes is available, if you choose to wax your own skis. We ask that you please arrive at morning departure times with your classic skis waxed for the day, and carry a cork and waxes for the day with you.
If you are flying with your skis, using travel wax is recommended to keep the bases fresh, but not necessary. We will be cleaning and travel waxing your skis before your flight home.
One of our partners, EnjoyWinter.com, has offered Lumi guests a 20% discount on their products, including Start ski wax, Bliz eyewear, Swenor rollerskis and Anti-Freeze clothing. You can use the discount code “Lumi” to receive the discount.
If there is anything we can do to help improve your experience, please let us know at any time. You may contact us before your trip:
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In North America at: +1 612 214 2861
In Europe at: +43 664 487 5005
On WhatsApp: +1 612 214 2861
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We look forward to seeing you soon!!