From November until late spring, the diversity of Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s ski areas makes this resort town every ski enthusiast’s dream.
Traditionally, the focus has been on alpine and cross-country skiing on the many fabulous slopes and ski-tracks, with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to expert. Our slopes are especially popular with downhill skiers.
Also very popular are freestyle skiing and snowboarding as well as curling or its Bavarian counterpart "Eisstockschießen", sledding, and snowshoeing.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen rings in each year with world-class winter sports events. In January and February, the world’s top athletes flock to Garmisch for first-class competitions such as the "Vierschanzen-Tournee" (Four-Hill Ski Jumping Tournament) on 01st January 2007 and the Men's Alpine Ski World Cup on 24th and 25th February 2007. Each year, there are also enthusiastic crowds cheering for typical Bavarian sports such as "Hornschlittenrennen" (traditional sled racing).
Until late spring, the glacier skiing region atop the Zugspitze attracts alpine-skiers, snowboarders, carvers, and freestylers, who also appreciate the traditional and safe descents on artificial snow. Beyond the well-maintained ski slopes, however, the Zugspitze region is a veritable El Dorado for deep-snow enthusiasts.
As in the past, the skiing season kicks off with the Viva Winter Fun-Festival in November 2004, a weekend filled with fun and action. Just in time for this year's season opening will be the inaugural run of the new 6-chair ski-lift "Sonnenkar" which is expected to be lifting skier’s comfort levels to new heights as well!
Whether beginner or racing expert, you are sure to find your favorite ski slope. There are a total of 118 kms (73 miles) of downhill runs of all difficulty levels, including the world famous "Kandahar", Germany’s only downhill run with a "World Cup License."
Glorious snow from November through May!
Germany’s highest skiing area (2,000-2,830 m / 6,561 - 9,285 ft) and its glacier offer a wide variety of downhill runs of all difficulty levels.
Snowboarders can really have a blast on the Zugspitze plateau! There is the Schneeferner mountain where you can enjoy wide slopes. You can also make cool jumps using the varied terrain and the many natural obstacles on the plateau. Deep-snow fans will enjoy the Osterfelder region, particularly the area around the Bernadine lift.
Each year in early summer, snowboarders and some freestylers meet on the event Spring in the park . This is the biggest and best-known event of its kind, closing out the season with perfectly shaped pipes, a snow park, a whirlpool, a chill-out lounge, popular programs, and legendary parties.
If cross-country skiing is your idea of an invigorating vacation, our well-tended (110 km) 68 miles of ski-trails are just what you are looking for.
You can be sure to find a trail that’s right for you, whether you prefer free-style skating, traditional trails, or the floodlit Loipe at Kainzenbad.
The entry points to the trails are easy to reach either by foot or by bus, and there is no charge for using the trails.
Cross-country skiing courses are offered by local ski-schools and by schools that specialize in cross-country skiing. They also have the necessary equipment for rent.
If you explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen one step at a time, you can look forward to discovering pleasant valleys, sunny alpine meadows, fragrant forests with cooling shade, wild climbs, and summits with breathtaking vistas.
The list of leisure activities is virtually endless, from hiking or biking up the mountains, rock climbing, rafting adventures, or just enjoying the peaceful, magnificent countryside.
Along the way, cozy mountain huts beckon to you to take a break, and in the evening you can sample the gastronomic delights of the region, especially the typical Bavarian “Schmankerl“.
Here, you will find everything your heart desires.