From the Alps to the Black Forest, Germany offers many ski resorts and winter sport opportunities. Whether you are looking for speedy downhill runs or want to enjoy cross-country skiing in picturesque scenery, German ski resorts won’t disappoint.
In summer, many of these German ski and winter sports resorts also make great spots for hiking and climbing.
For the 1936 Winter Olympics, the two German ski resorts Garmisch and Partenkirchen joined forces and became the most famous ski resort in the country. Located in the foothills of the German Alps, skiers can enjoy 47 miles of downhill runs and 7 miles of cross-country skiing up to 7000 feet, including the famous Kandahara and Olympic slopes, which are used for the annual World Cup Ski competitions.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is one hour south of Munich and one hour away from Innsbruck’s International Airport.
South of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you’ll find the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. The almost 10,000 feet high mountain, which borders Germany and Austria, offers fantastic glacier skiing with 13 miles of downhill runs and a fun park for snowboarders, all with spectacular panoramic views.
Close to the summit, there is a restaurant, a sundeck, ski slopes for all grades, and a half pipe for snowboarders. Thanks to its high elevation, you can usually ski at the Zugspitze from November until May.
The Zugpsitze is about 1 hour and 15 minutes south of Munich.
3. Black Forest
The Black Forest is Germany's biggest ski resort outside of the Alps. It is home to Germany’s oldest ski club, dating back to 1895, and the first ski tow ever built. The Black Forest’s vast expanse of hills, valleys, and forests stretches from the posh Spa-town Baden Baden to the Swiss border, covering an area of 4,600 square miles. Its highest peak is the Feldberg Mountain with 5000 feet.
Choose from more than 170 ski lifts, 155 miles of downhill slopes, and 22 ski jumps, while cross-country skiers can glide down over 1000 miles of trails to explore the Black Forest.
The Black Forest is about 2 hours south of Frankfurt.
Well-known for its tradition of wood-carving and the Oberammergau Passion Play, this Bavarian village in the German Alps turns into a paradise for cross-country skiers come wintertime. Over 60 miles of cross-country trails lead you along monasteries, castles, and churches through Bavarian landscape.
Oberammergau is about one hour southeast of Munich.