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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY

Ski holidays in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Discover skiing in Germany in the country’s largest ski resort. Originally two towns, Garmisch-Partenkirchen joined forces in 1936 for the Winter Olympics and the town still regularly plays host to world-class winter sports events.

Resort Statistics

Skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Level Rating Runs
Beginners 3
Intermediates 10
Advanced 4
Snowboarders
Total Runs 17
Resort features Nightclub Glacier Resort Traditional village resort Resort bus Supermarket
Resort Statistics
Resort Altitude 732m
Highest Lift 2050m
Total Piste 49km
Longest Run 4km
Uphill Capacity 50000
Total Lifts 19
Gondolas/Cable cars 4
Chairlifts 4
Drag Lifts 9

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski resort

You won’t find any concrete apartment blocks here in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The traditional village is filled with Bavarian charm. You will find that the village of Garmisch has a modern feel while Partenkirchen tends to be more authentic with its cobbled streets and traditional shops. The town can be quite lively with a large amount of restaurants and bars to choose from. Most accommodations are located in the town rather than near the lifts so expect to take a bus or taxi to the slopes.

Snow conditions in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Snow conditions are usually excellent on the Zugsplitz Glacier, Germany’s highest mountain, and there are snow-making facilities on a few runs to ensure top skiing down to the village during the winter months.

Skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Skiing is limited here for the regular skier but great if you are a leisurely skier, a beginner or travelling in a family with young children. The ski area is spread over several mountains but is mainly split into 2 areas – the lower and easily accessible runs, and the higher runs towards the Zugspitze glacier.

There is a dedicated beginner area if you are new to skiing and wide blue runs of the glacier to progress onto. Intermediate skiers will enjoy the variety of runs and spaces here with 40% of runs classed as red pistes. With 16km of black slopes there is plenty to keep the most experienced rider busy, including the 3.3km long former World Cup run, Kandahar.

Transfer time to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The village is close to the Austria border and the main ski airport is Innsbruck at about 1 hour 30 minutes transfer away.