The Best Ski Resorts In Germany

You should be thinking about ski resorts in Germany when planning your next snow holiday. The Alps of France, Switzerland and Austria spill over the invisible European borders ready with a stein to kick off das apres ski.

So grab your Oneskee skianzug and follow us into a snowy Bavaria, where Germany’s best ski resorts await.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmish is one of the most famous ski resorts in Germany
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Garmisch is Germany’s most prominent ski resort and is based in the Bavarian Alps. The large town is stashed in the shadow of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. The skiing soars to altitudes over 2000 metres making it a snow sure resort and the ability to hold iconic events including regular ski jumping and World Cup races. The ski area is segregated into smaller separate areas that are all accessible through the same lift pass.

The 280 kilometres of piste, which contains Germany’s only glacier, means you will have plenty to explore and keeps skiing open until May, incase you still haven’t had your fill through the winter. A selection of runs makes the resort great for beginners through to experienced skiers. The Kandahar and the Olympic are two runs to check out, with the Kandahar being quite steep in places.

The atmosphere in town keeps a traditional working Bavarian feel and is lively a German resort, bristling for an excitable apres ski in its hefty bar selection.

 

Feldberg

Feldberg is a historic place for ski resorts in Germany
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Historic Feldberg has the highest altitude status of Germany’s skiing, outside of the Alps. Based in The Black Forest it is still near to Switzerland, providing a wonderful option for short trips and adventures from Basel and Zurich.

Thought of as the birth place for German skiing, there is plenty to occupy you, with 26 lifts and runs for all abilities. If the snow is good, the slightly lower altitude has plenty of front country trees to explore. Four ski zones lend themselves to various skiing levels, with family friendly easy skiing, safe wind protected pistes and a World Cup slope.

Stunning landscapes dominate as it is the highest summit in the area, the views take you rolling deep into German forests. A nice touch is The Black Forest Card that is included in your lift pass, which allows travel on local transport and access to attractions in The Black Forest.

“Feldberg is a great area, but has to be done in quiet periods as the lift queues can be horrendous during peak weeks.”

 

Hochgrat – Oberstaufen

Hochgrat ski area is a peaceful heaven for free riders near to the town of Steibis. If you are looking for something a little bit different, this secret ski area offers peace and tranquility, long mellow runs. Put your skianzug to work with ample backcountry to explore in your own time.

Hochgrat is a the freeride heaven for ski resorts in Germany
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An 1834 metre peak acquires brilliant snow fall, with long pistes and routes of over 5 kilometres to explore away from the busy well known European resorts.

“The Hochgrat is a little secret tip for off piste skiers and freeriders.”

Oberstaufen ski area has 6 other ski fields scattered around and there is more to delve into, including the year round health resort that has a myriad of pools to loose yourself in after a long day skiing. If relaxation is not your thing, then around thirty other activities and sports are on offer for an action packed trip.

 

Bordering Austria in the South West of Germany it is not as easily accessible as most German resorts but being close to Memmingham airport keeps some assemblance of efficient transport.

 

Oberstdorf

This is another expansive ski resort in Germany, the largest in fact and the well known Southerly town is popular for families with multiple surrounding ski areas. Skiing available well above 2000 metres gives it rare snow sure slopes served by 28 lifts.

Obsterdorf has some of the best views for Germany's ski resorts
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Most of the areas have a days worth of skiing in each, with some challenging runs to be had. Oberstdorf can be quite pricey due to is prominence as a spa town and a car may be handy to find your selected ski fields each morning.

The Nebelhorn is the proverbial cream at the top, that has service from Germany’s highest cable car. This altitude gives skiing all the way through until May and when the weather is agreeable there is a peach of a view that includes over 400 other peaks.

Links including Fellhorn – Kanzelwand offer glamorous luxury compared to other Bavarian resorts, gondolas floating you up the mountain and long sumptuous runs back down.

The skiing is accompanied by a bulk of other activities, over 30, and there is Nordic skiing for hundreds of kilometres if you really want to feel the burn.

 

Reit Em Winkl

Riet Em Winkl is a ski resort in Germany filled with culture
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A rustic quaint alpine village in Germany’s varied armoury that is equipped with modern lift facilities. The North facing slopes retain snow well, despite not rising past 1800 metres. The 50 kilometres of piste are perfect for beginners and intermediates while the better skiers can sneak off few a few laps on two black runs.

Spread out through the trees the long wide open pistes are great for cruising and a top to bottom descent of over 1000 metres will keep you from repetitive lift cues.

The Bavarian culture sets this destination apart and offers an unforgettable experience. The food and hefty beers served at the famous Gold-Rosi will fuel you up for a day of skiing and, if you fancy it, watch the traditional horse sled racing.

In the South East of Germany is has distinguished neighbours as it waves to the near by Tyrol which could make it a rogue trip from Elmau or Kitzbhuel.

 

The Best Ski Resorts In Germany

German ski resorts do not give you the extensive pistes that are found in Austria or France, but you can still have a great time for shorter trips and tours the small hills dotted around.  Germany’s bountiful transport selection give easy access, lending the experience to convenient weekend trips where you will usually be within two hours drive of an airport.
Hopping over into Austria also allows for multi centred trips. Set up base in Garmisch for a few days, then head into Austria or to the West and sample some of the other areas and ski resorts in Germany.

 

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Infographic: The Best Ski Resorts in Germany