Winter vacation in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Ski vacation

in the Bavarian Alps

Panoramic view from Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the winter season

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is known for its excellent snow conditions in the winter season. At around 8 months from October to the end of May, it lasts significantly longer here than at other ski tourism hotspots. Numerous pistes around Garmisch invite you to enjoy breathtaking descents. Snowboarders get their money's worth here just as much as skiers. Numerous local ski schools offer lessons for beginners and experienced skiers. The best conditions for a skiing vacation with the whole family and children of all ages.

Snowboarders in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Top skiing events in winter

Garmisch-Partenkirchen achieved international fame through its skiing events. Records are set and broken here. For downhill races, super-G, slalom and giant slalom, the area offers the best conditions in terms of infrastructure and slopes as well as snow reliability. Athletes and guests alike benefit from this. Not to be forgotten: The New Year's ski jump. There is no more exciting way to start the new year. Be there and become part of the winter magic in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Tips for families

in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Ski school for children in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Kinderland on the Zugspitze

The piste racers of tomorrow practise in the Kinderland on the Zugspitze. Here, the youngsters learn how to handle the snow in a playful way. The ski students take their first steps on a practice area that presents various challenges. Depending on their progress, the little winter sports enthusiasts venture onto ever greater challenges and learn to ski almost incidentally.

Family sledging in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Tobogganing fun without limits

With three toboggan runs in the immediate vicinity, winter fun at the HYPERION Hotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen is never boring. The well-prepared slopes allow for fast descents. The cable cars can take you to the starting point. You can hire sledges at the resort and relive a never-forgotten childhood dream together with your children or on your own: swirling snowflakes in the air as you dig your heels deep into the snow to slow down the speedy ride.

Tips for skiers

in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Skier skis down the Kandahar descent 

Legendary Kandahar downhill run

The mountain region around Garmisch has always been the venue for breathtaking ski races in various disciplines. In the Alpine Ski World Cup, the Kandahar downhill run is considered extremely challenging. Amateur skiers can experience magical winter vacations in the Garmisch Classic ski area with the Hausberg, Kreuzberg and Alpspitze on this run or on the alternative runs in the immediate vicinity.

Snowboarder jumps over a stone

Freestyle for beginners and advanced

open since 2017, the fun park on Hexenberg is a snow paradise for freestylers on skis or snowboards. There are at least nine obstacles to overcome. With jumps ranging from 2 to 8 meters in length, both beginners and pros will get their money's worth. The thrill is there just to watch. You can experience all of this against the unmistakable backdrop of the Zugspitze.

Tips for altitude lovers

in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Two skiers in a lift

At dizzying heights

AlpspiX viewing platform

how long do you have to climb to look down into a deep valley? Not at all! Take the lift from the parking lot or the Alpspitzbahn cable car to the AlpspiX viewing platform. the daring construction towers 13 meters above the dizzying abyss. At the very top, you can see far into the distance and around 1,000 meters into the depths. The sublime mountain world lies at your feet and your eyes wander over the countryside.

Four snowshoe hikers hike up a mountain

Snowshoeing or ice skating

Leave your first tracks in the freshly fallen snow! Guided snowshoe tours lead you along dreamy paths and through a picturesque winter landscape. Slowly and quietly, you make your way through the crunching snow. If, on the other hand, you fancy a day out on ice skates or curling, visit the Olympic Ice Sports Center. You can hire the equipment you need to visit the three rinks plus the outdoor area on site. On selected evenings, a DJ accompanies the ice skating with hot disco music.

The ski area

Garmisch Classic

Panoramic view in winter from Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The Garmisch Classic ski area

Garmisch-Partenkirchen differs from all other ski resorts in Germany due to its particularly long winter season. While in other places the average winter season lasts 96 days, around the HYPERION Hotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen it is regularly around 114 days, offering the best weather conditions for a skiing vacation . This means a snow depth of 171 cm on the mountain.

But it's also wintry white in the valley: 41 cm of snow is enough to build more than one snowman. A gloomy mood doesn't stand a chance. Especially not because Garmisch ensures a good mood with 66 days of sunshine during the winter season. Then it's off the ski slopes and onto the sun lounger.

Two cross-country skiers in deep snow

Speaking of slopes: Some of the 40 km of pistes in the Garmisch Classic ski area are of Olympic standard. This makes the region one of the three largest ski resorts in Germany. The longest run is 8.8 km long. The ski bus takes you comfortably from Garmisch to Eibsee, a region that is great for hiking, rowing or water sports in summer and has a frosty charm in winter.

Cable cars and lifts take you to the slopes and picturesque mountain worlds. You can spend a day without skiing and tobogganing in a mature winter sports resort with a historic town center and many stores and cafés.

Zugspitze slope maps

Pictures below: Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG

Zugspitze slope maps - Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG
Zugspitze slope maps - Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG
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