Ski German powder at the spectacular Zugspitze.
Ski resorts in Germany have world class lift facilities.
Ski Garmisch Classic resort, Germany's best known skiing area & for good reason!
Access to Germany's best ski resorts is easy & convenient.
The train line to Garmisch Classic & Zugspitze is one of the best on the world
Lovely piste trails at Mittenwald ski area Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle in winter is amazing near the Tegelberg ski area
Diverse terrain at Brauneck above Lenggries is typical for German ski resorts near the Austrian border
Modern lifts & reliable snow at Zugspitze Germany
The combined Austro-German Winklmoosalm & Steinplatte is one of several cross border ski areas
The major town of Garmisch is a fun German ski resort base
Garmisch Classic has Germany's best top to bottom ski trails
Breitenberg ski area provides glorious panoramas & skiing above Steinach in southern Germany
Glacier skiing on Zugspitze is wonderful for progressing beginners
Germany's Zugspitze summit is an incredible experience in the depths of winter
Exceptional learn to ski terrain & facilities on Hausberg at Garmisch Classic resort
Partenkichen is the better half of Garmisch for its traditional ambiance....
The Iglu Bar on Zugspitze is breathtaking & a superb refuge in a storm
Partenkirchen is the place to stay when skiing Germany's best resorts
Be there first to watch the sun come out when skiing Germany after a blizzard on Zugspitze


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Ski Germany

Ski and snowboard Germany (Deutschland) & explore a surprising range of resorts including the wonderful Garmisch Classic and spectacular Zugspitze.

Skiing German resorts is as fun as anywhere in the world on its day and there is terrain for beginners, intermediates, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders alike.

Germany Skiing & Snowboarding

Ski resorts in Germany can best be described as small, with perhaps five exceptions. Statistically though, the top 5 ski resorts in Australia (that's Australia not Austria) are more than twice the size of the top 5 in Germany. Whilst that is not a great stat for German skiing, it may go to show that size is not everything and you have to make the most of what you have got. In Germany that means cosying hard-up against the rising mountains along the Austrian border & occasionally linking into the lift infrastructure of Austrian ski resorts. Perhaps skiing in Germany is best served as an entree to the main course in Austria?

The quintessential German ski town of Garmisch Partenkirchen is ground zero for skiing in Deutschland. The nation's largest standalone ski resort, Garmisch Classic, has World Cup standard piste trails. Nearby is Germany's highest peak, the looming Zugspitze (2962m). The small ski resort of the same name is the nation's highest and most snow sure, topping out at 2720m. Both ski resorts are connecting to Garmisch Partenkirchen by trains, cable cars, gondolas and funicular. Two cable cars make the journey up to the Zugspitze summit on the German side and another comes up from the Austrian side. The ski resort is away from the summit in a northerly aspect glacier bowl.

The second largest ski area in Germany is Winklmoosalm which is linked with Steinplatte in Austria. Located north of Kitzbuhel, most of the resort is in Austria, but hey, it is linked by lift, piste and pass so let the Germans claim it! Closest major German town is Reit im Winkl.

Near the city of Obertsdorf in the far south west of Bavaria, a nest of ski resorts are linked to an Austrian ski area enclave called the Kleinwalsertal. Located just north of the Austrian Vorarlberg snow magnets of Warth-Schroecken and Damuels, the area is worthy of exploration.

Ski resorts include Fellhorn and Nebelhorn. Both resorts have long skiable verticals. Nebelhorn has nearly 1400m of skiable vertical from its 2224m summit all the way down into Obertsdorf, a run of nearly 8km. Obertsdorf is accessible by train from Munich airport in around 3.5hr.

Another ski area worthy of mention is Brauneck near the lovely Bavarian town ofLenggries, 2hr by train south of Munich airport. Brauneck ski resort has nearly 1000m of vertical amongst classic Bavarian mountain landscapes.

And of course, nothing get the tourist juices flowing more than the inspiration for Walt Disney's fable castle, Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle). Located west of Garmisch Partenkirchen near the town of Schwangau. it so happens that one ski here as well. The Tegelberg has 900m of skiable vertical right near the fairytale castle.

Where are German Ski Resorts?

All the quality German ski resorts are in Bavaria (Bayern) to the south of the country along the border with Austria. The main international gateway airport to Bavaria is Munich MUC. Several smaller regional airports service flights from within Europe and the UK, but Munich accepts flights from worldwide origins.

Flights into Munich Airport (MUC)

Munich international airport is rated as one of the world’s best. It receives a vast number of flights every day from worldwide destinations. Search for a great deal on a flight to Munich here.

Munich airport is well served by an efficient train transport system which links quickly with train services to German ski resorts such as Garmisch & Zugspitze, plus skiing hubs like Austria’s Innsbruck & Salzburg. Search & book train tickets from Munich to all points in the Alps here.

We usually recommend taking the train from Munich to a point closer to your ski destination, from where a private transfer may be useful. For fast & efficient transfers from airports train station & hotels to ski resorts, compare options on our Munich Airport Transfers page.

German Ski Resort Reviews

The Powderhounds will reviewed the German ski resorts of Zugspitze and Garmisch Classic early in 2019 and will do a few sneaky little resorts if the snow is good over the next few seasons. More information on skiing in Germany is coming soon, so hang on to your bratwurst!!

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