USA Nordic World Championships 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 (email@example.com).
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. You can let us know in the evening if you prefer to classic or skate ski the next day.
Each day, you are free to ski at your leisure. During the championships, all of the ski trails in Seefeld are closed, so we will drive to- and from our daily ski trails. Most of the trails where we ski have huts where you can stop for snacks or lunch.
Our hotel is only a short walk from the race stadium. We have VIP Gold tickets to all events in Seefeld on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and in Innsbruck on Saturday. Catering is available, as well as views of the two most critical climbs on the course, as well as the jumbo-tron and finishing stretch. The seats are on a first-come, first serve basis. We will often be walking to the stadium together, but you will have your own tickets and are free to head to the stadium whenever you wish. The tickets are also valid to in the general admission trail-side areas, if you wish to be closer to the action.
After the races, it is a short walk back to Seefeld & our hotel. Hotel Klosterbräu has a sauna, pool and wellness area for you to relax after your time outside. If you would like to book a massage or treatment during your stay, send Garrott an email ahead of time (firstname.lastname@example.org) or book directly with the spa at our hotel (email@example.com or +43 (0) 5212 2621). The hotel asks that you please book treatments at least 48 hours in advance for best availability. Your trip leaders can also help facilitate these reservations during the trip.
Hotel Klosterbräu is located in the center of town, so you may choose to explore your surroundings on your own as well. If you would like to do other activities outside our planned itinerary, please let your trip leaders know. They can help facilitate other experiences & activities, 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 8:00 pm at our hotel, with several options for meals. In the evening, our trip leaders will typically give you an overview of what to expect the next day.
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 Innsbruck
Please let Garrott know when you plan to arrive in Innsbruck, so we can organize transportation for you to Seefeld.
Here is our recommended packing list. We recommend packing enough clothes for the full trip. A boot drying room is available in some our hotel. A self-service and wash & fold service laundromat is available in Seefeld and is within a 10 minute walk from our hotel. Your trip leaders can help facilitate laundry services. Please let us know if it looks like we forgot something for the list.
All breakfasts will be at our hotel. Most dinners will also be at the Klosterbräu restaurant. The evening we go to Innsbruck, we have a special farewell dinner planned at a local Italian restaurant.
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 Seefeld outside of hotel are limited. If you choose to try other restaurants during the trip, we are happy to share our recommendations.
We will typically have lunch in the catered VIP area, though your trip leaders will also have snacks for you. There are several trail side huts we recommend visiting for a bite or drink during your ski.
Nick Hendrickson and Garrott Kuzzy will be supporting the group throughout the trip.
Nick is originally from Park City, Utah and has a lifetime of Nordic Combined experience, competing on the US Ski Team and at the World Championships at the Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway and Olympic Games in Sochi. He is currently coach of the US women’s jumping team and recently finished a semester studying in Innsbruck.
Garrott is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and currently lives in Innsbruck, running Lumi Experiences cross country ski vacations and playing as much as possible in the mountains. He also competed on the US Ski Team in the World Championships in the Czech Republic and Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Cash and Credit Cards
Banks with ATMs are available Innsbruck and Seefeld. 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 trail-side huts where you might stop for lunch only accept cash. We recommend carrying cash and coins with you on the trail, in case you end up on your own. 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:
Hotel Klosterbräu has wireless 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 uses 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 hotel has 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 Europe. A European SIM card costs around 10 Euros for one month of service within Europe. While you cannot call the US with the European 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 on the trip. Your trip leaders can help you find and set-up a SIM card in Seefeld.
We recommend having a Skype account to make phone calls to the US, as it is generally less expensive than calling internationally.
For on tour communication, 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.
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 sanitzer 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.
The emergency phone number in Europe is 112.
We will be taking photos and/or video records on tour. 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.
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 plan to classic ski, we recommend bringing or renting skin skis, as variable conditions makes classic waxing particularly challenging this time of year in the alps. Ski rental is also available. Please let us know ahead of time if you would like to rent, so we can reserve equipment for you.
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
On tour, you can also share your questions, feedback and ideas with Nick or Garrott directly.
We look forward to seeing you soon!!