Germany is surrounded by some of the most beautiful skiing countries in the world. Many people don’t know that Germany is actually home to some spectacular skiing resorts. The incredibly well-managed slopes are brilliant for everybody.
Whether you are a skiing expert or a beginner who has never put on a pair of skis, looking to ski some incredible slopes or just wanting to relax in one of the luxurious resorts, Germany has it all.
In preparation for the 1936 Winter Olympics, the resorts of Garmisch and Partenkirchen, found on the foothills of the German Alps, joined together to become the most famous and most popular skiing resort in Germany.
The resort offers visitors 47 miles of downhill runs, as well as 7 miles of cross-country skiing up to 7000 ft. The Olympiaschanze Skiing Jump is an incredibly popular sight and is a must-see for any visitor.
To the south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is the Zugspitze. The Zugspitze is the highest peak in Germany. The mountain is almost 10 000 feet high and offers visitors 13 miles of glacier skiing, as well as a fun park for snowboarders.
Close to the summit, there is a restaurant serving some delicious food, there is a sundeck to relax on with a warm drink, there is a halfpipe for snowboarders, as well as many different slopes for all skiing levels.
Oberammergau is the perfect location for cross-country skiers in Germany. The little village is very well-known for its wood carving, as well as the Oberammergau Passion Play. this small, idyllic village is perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger resorts.
Over 60 miles of cross-country trails will take you on a journey that leads you to some exquisite monasteries, many ancient castles, and churches that are scattered throughout the Bavarian countryside.
The Black Forest is actually home to many resorts, making it the biggest ski resort outside of the Alps. It is home to Germany’s oldest skiing club, which dates back to 1895, as well as the first ski tow ever built.
The area has more than 170 ski lifts, 155 miles of downhill slopes, 22 ski jumps, and cross-country skiers can explore over 1000 miles of trails throughout the Black Forest. This enormous resort is perfect for absolutely everyone.
Nebelhorn, in the Allgau region, is a small and intimate resort. The resort has 7.5 miles of trails, as well as 6 lifts, with elevations of up to 2224 m. the resort is divided into 3 different sections.
The beautiful trails are topped off with a 400-peak panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and landscape. The area is known as the “Grandstand of the Alps”, and is open between December and May.
Even though the resort of Arber is relatively small, it is incredibly welcoming and family-friendly and will offer everyone a fun and memorable holiday. Arbeland, found in the Bavarian Forest, is a glorious winter wonderland.
The resort itself has over 6 miles of downhill skiing paths, 8 individual pistes, 6 ski lifts, as wells as a 6 person gondola. Even though there isn’t a huge amount of skiing area available, it has slopes for all ages and ski levels.
The Ore Mountains in Saxony and Thuringia is a brilliant location to ski at discounted rates. Oberwiesenthal is the highest town in the area, with the resort of Fichtelberg offering miles of brilliant skiing.
This resort is very family-friendly and great for all skiing levels and age groups. The Winterland Park has a great ski carousel, six magic carpets, and a very fun terrain park with all sorts of different obstacles.
Ochsenkopf is the second highest mountain in the Fichtel Mountains, with cable cars that travel up both sides of the mountain to help you reach the summit. In winter, it is a favorite amongst skiers, and in summer the dry toboggan run can be used a firm family favorite.
There is always plenty of snow, making it a snow-lovers paradise. The resort has 27 flood-lit slopes that cater to beginner, intermediate and expert skill levels. The resort is also one of the few that offers ski jumping during the summer months.
Alpsee-Grunten is another family-friendly skiing resort. The resort focuses on the family as it has a fun park, free parking, winter hiking trails, as well as the longest tobogganing season in all of Germany.
The resort has a range of slopes and they vary from beginner to intermediate and then expert level, with the longest descent being 4.5 km. Like we mentioned above, the tobogganing season actually runs all year long, which makes it incredibly popular amongst visitors.
Oberaudorf is a child-friendly resort, which makes it ideal for family and is an inexpensive skiing destination you need to visit. The resort has separate hills for children meaning they can take part in the skiing experience without being forced to ski with adults.
The Hocheck Ski School has a child care section for adults who want to hit the slopes but can’t take their kids with. The onsite fun park is also brilliant for the kids when skiing just isn’t on the agenda for the day.
Alpenwelt Karwendel is the ideal location for all your winter and snow sport needs. Found in the Kranzberg Mountains, this resort is great for both families and expert skiers alike, and has the slopes for all skill levels.
Since there is always a deep layer of snow during the winter, the resort and slopes are very popular amongst snowboarders as well. Once the skiing is done, the kids can build snowmen and snow castle. The annual carnival takes place every January as well.
Germany is already a very popular destination for tourists from across the globe, and the fact that it offers some of the best ski resorts and slopes in Europe is a definite bonus that skiers and tourists alike should take complete advantage of.