Skiing in Germany
Germany may be famed for its fantastic historic cities and beer but it’s a secret winter wonderland with top ski areas for winter sports fans. The largest of Germany’s ski resorts is Garmish-Partenkirchen that offers 49 km of slopes. One of the main attractions to ski holidays in Germany is the short transfer time; most resorts are within 1.5 hours of the major international airports. If you prefer Austrian destinations over French-style ski holidays then you will enjoy a winter trip to Germany.
German ski resorts
Located one hour south of Munich is the largest ski resort in Germany, Garmisch-Partenkirchen. For the 1936 Winter Olympics, the two villages of Garmish and Partenkirchen came together to become the famed ski resort. The resort is made up of 3 mountains: Hausberg, Kreuzeck and Alpspitze
The Zugspitze is the highest mountain of Germany at an altitude of 2720m. Experience 360 degree views from the observation deck where you can see over 400 mountain peaks across 4 countries.
Ruhpolding is made up of 3 ski areas - Unternberg, the Westernberg and the Maiergschwendt in Germany’s Chiemgau Alps. The ski areas are small but they offer a wonderful winter experience for beginners and families.
Snow conditions in Germany
Garmisch-Partenkirchen has a glacier for snow-sure skiing and 4 lower downhill runs with snow cannons to produce artificial snow if it’s a dry season.
Ski accommodation in Germany
You will find a fine selection of ski hotels in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Ruhpolding. Hotel Rheinischer Hof is new to the Iglu Ski programme and offers an outdoor swimming pool, steam room and a hotel bar perfect for après-ski drinks after a fantastic day on the slopes. Alternatively you could choose Hotel Steinbach with beautiful surrounding mountain views.