Zugspitze Ski Resort

Zugspitze cable car ascends the summit of Germany;s highest peak
Waist deep powder skiing at Zugspitze ski resort Germany
Wetterwandeck chairlift at Zugspitze ski resort on a cold January morning
Zugspitze piste trails are best for beginner & intermediate skiers
Garmisch Partenkirchen (Ga-Pa for short) - the ideal base to ski Zugspitze
Zugspitzebahn cog railway is a scenic way to travel to Zugspitze ski resort.
Low light conditions but deep powder snow at Zugspitze ski resort
Zugspitze summit station at 2962m elevation in winter's icy grip
Heading to Sonnenkar hooded chairlift at Zugspitze
Zugspitzplatt has all the resort facilities in one place
Sonn Alpin restaurant at Zugspitze offers welcome respite from the cold
The glacier at Zugspitze is the perfect terrain for progressing beginner skiers
Low angle off-piste powder skiing at Zugspitze - great for intermediates
Zugspitze summit is split between Bavaria Germany & the Tirol Austria
Zugspitze summit station - stylishly renovated, providing superb dining & viewing
Sledding trails for non-skiers are a feature of Zugspitze ski resort
The Zugspitze Iglu Dorf Ice Hotel is amazing & worth a visit
Spending the night in the Zugspitze Iglu Dorf is quite the experience
Après ski in Partenkirchen at the small night market
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Zugspitze Ski Resort

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Nearby Ski Resort

Garmisch Classic

    Zugspitze Ski Trail Map
  • Zugspitze Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    2000m – 2720m (720m))
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (9)
    3 Cable cars / Cog Railway
    2 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    November to early May
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 20km
    Longest run – 3.5km
    Advanced - 0%
    Intermediate - 65%
    Beginner - 35%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - €48
    Child - €24.50
    Child u/6yr - Free
    >1 day includes Garmisch Classic
    Garmisch Classic Ski Trail Map
  • Garmisch Ski Trail Map
     Garmisch Transport Map
  • Garmisch Transport Map
     Zugspitze Sledding Map
  • Zugspitze Sledding Map

Zugspitze Ski Resort Germany

Looming high above the quintessential German ski town of Garmisch Partenkirchen (or Ga-Pa for short) is Germany's highest peak, Zugspitze (2962m). The ski resort of the same name is the nation's highest & most snow sure, topping out at 2720m.

Who would thought that it was possible to ski quality waist deep powder in Germany? It is possible & we did it at Zugspitze. The arrival location at Zugspitze is at the top the resort so its a step off the train, clip into skis & drop straight into powder. Awesome!

Zugspitze Lifts & Terrain

Zugspitze is connected to Garmisch Partenkirchen and its nearby ski resort of Garmisch Classic, by trains & cable cars. A cog railway train chugs its way up through the mountain directly to the ski resort area. Alternatively, two cable cars make the journey up to the Zugspitze summit, one on the German side & another from the Austrian side near Ehrwald.

The ski resort is connected to the summit by another cable car, but no piste trails link the two. The skiing at Zugspitze is in a northerly aspect glacier bowl providing open alpine terrain with a satisfying 720m skiable vertical. The piste trails are best suited to beginner & intermediate skiers & snowboarders.

See the Zugspitze ski trail map here.

Where is Zugspitze, Germany?

Zugspitze is in Bavaria, southern Germany, on the border with Austria. The ski resort is 12km south west of the main resort village of Garmisch Partenkirchen & less than 5km as the crow flies from Ehrwald in Austria. By road, the access cable car base at Eibsee is 11km from Ga-Pa. The town is only 90km south of Munich & 65km north of Innsbruck, Austria. Both cities are the gateway airports to Zugspitze & are connected to the area via an excellent railway network.

Travel to Ga-Pa is an easy 2.5hr train ride from Munich airport. Search & book train tickets to Garmisch Partenkirchen here.

Zugspitze Accommodation

The town of Garmisch Partenkirchen is the ultimate German holiday destination & the perfect base to ski Zugspitze. It has oodles of quality Bavarian hotels & guesthouses. Previously two separate villages, Ga-Pa has two distinctly different faces. Garmisch is the more modern, lively & commercial side of the ledger. The Partenkirchen side of town is the opposite, having retained much of its traditional architecture & charm, providing the most pleasant accommodation location.

Search & book all Garmisch Partenkirchen ski accommodation here.

Closer to the Zugspitze ski area is the quiet village of Grainau, 4km east of the cable car base at Eibsee. The village is split into Untergrainau & Obergrainau. A train station on the Zugspitze rail line is in Obergrainau.

Alternate access to Zugspitze is on the Austrian side via cable car from a small village called Obermoos, near the larger town of Ehrwald. Both could serve as bases to ski the resort. Ehrwald is central to the Austrian Tiroler Zugspitze Arena ski resorts.


The Powderhounds skied Zugspitze in waist deep powder in January 2019. See our review via the 'View all reviews' link in the upper left column for more photos & insights or click here.

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