The best skiing in Germany is in the Bavarian Alps. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is
the highest ski mountain and the largest ski resort in Germany. Garmisch is five mountains
interconnected, and the only glacier skiing in Germany on the Zugspitze at
9,728-feet. The ski villages of Garmisch include Ohlstadt, Eschenloe, Farchant
and Oberau in neighboring Austria. The most famous World Cup ski run at Garmisch
is the Kandahar, which descends 3,084-feet, and requires a guide from the top of
the Zugspitze. Garmisch ski resort offers a total of 254-kilomters of ski runs and
32 lifts. Garmisch hosted the 1936 Olympics and remains famous to this day for
the best German skiing.
In the upper Bavarian Alps, Schliersee is another German ski resort, an hour
from Garmisch, south of Munich and west of Salzburg, Austria. Schliersee is name
for the beautiful local Lake Schliersee, and is home to double gold medalist in
1994 Olympic skier Marcus Wasmeier. Ski Schliersee offers 25-kilometers of
downhill pistes that overlook the stunning emerald-colored Lake Schliersee. The “Skigau
Oberland” card is transferable to five different ski areas in the region:
Wallberg, Spintzingsee, Sudelfeld, Wendelstein and Sonnenbichl. Sudelfeld is the
oldest continuously operating ski resort in Germany, while Wendelstein has a
dramatic cable car ride up to the summit. Wallberg is famous for its Panorama
Restaurant at the summit with an expansive sun terrace, plus the longest sled
ride in Germany, a wild 6.5-kilometers down into the valley.
German après ski is a big part of the ski experience, charming alpine
restaurants serve Bavarian sausage, Emmenthal cheese and pretzels with beer and
schnapps served by traditional barmaids and men in lederhosen.