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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,830m9,285ft
Resort Height720m2,362ft
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and Munich
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen at a glance

Germany's best known ski resort is the site of the famous annual ski jumping each year and World Cup Races. A large traditional Bavarian town with incredible facilities and a population of 30,000 it is located beneath Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze.

 When will it snow in Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

The next notable snow forecast for Garmisch-Partenkirchen is 2cm1in, expected on 14 August.

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Facts, Stats and Ratings

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Rated

Ratings for Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Highest Lift2,830m9,285ft
Resort Altitude (Garmisch-Partenkirchen)720m2,362ft
Lowest Piste700m2,297ft
Max Vertical2,130m6,988ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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Cross Country
Total Length
39km24 miles
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Summary

The German Ski Resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen has direct access to 43 marked pistes, served by a total of 38 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,830m9,285ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Overview

Garmisch - Partenkirchen is Germany's undisputed 'Winter Sports Capital', located only a short distance from the Austrian border in the country's southwestern corner. Famous for it's annual New Year Ski jumping competition, televised all over the world, and as a former site of the Winter Olympics, Garmisch - Partenkirchen today is a large, cosmopolitan town with plenty to see and do both on and off the slopes. It is a town that is also rich in history and culture. Local people often dress in traditional styles (without being paid to do so by the tourist board!) and many of the older buildings are decorated with beautiful frescoes - wall paintings that are often centuries old.

All around is magnificent mountain scenery, dominated by the mighty Zugspitze to which lifts rises over 2100 metres (nearly 7000 feet) from Garmisch - Partenkirchen - producing one of the world's biggest lift served verticals (although unfortunately it is not possible to ski all the way back down!). The final string to the Garmisch - Partenkirchen bow is its status as a health resort, or rather as a climatotherapeutic training centre - a program of exercise and complete body management The objective is to prevent illness in its early stages by making the body and spirit stronger, although Garmisch is also a good choice for those seeking to recuperate from existing conditions in the pure mountain air of the resort.

On the Mountain

 Skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch - Partenkirchen's skiing is spread around in over a dozen separate areas, some over the border in Austria and all available on the single 'Top Snow Card' pass. Together they represent over 280km ( 175 miles ) of trails and more than 30 lifts. There are however few extensive ski areas, rather a large number of moderately sized areas, and many of the lifts are surface drags. That being said the Zugspitze represents the highest skiing in Germany and Germany's only glacier skiing, with trails up to 2600 metres ( 8,530 feet ) although the new Zugspitzbahn goes higher, up an incredible face of sheer rock from 1000 to 2950 metres ( 3280 - 9680 feet), but it's not possible to ski the upper section.

The eight surface lifts and one six-person chair up here, serving mostly intermediate level terrain, are also accessed by the older funicular railway which passes through a long tunnel through the mountain, a remarkable feat of engineering, before emerging at the snowfield. This is also the train many take from Garmisch - Partenkirchen to the base of the Zugspitze cable car.

Closer to Garmisch - Partenkirchen itself, and also reached by the funicular before taking the relevant cable-car up the mountain, are the ski slopes of the Alpspitz (top lift 2050 metres / 6730 feet) and the just lift-linked Kreuzeck as well as the Hausberg skiing area. These three mountains are connected and form one skiing area with 40 km of groomed and safeguarded slopes, served by four cabin cable cars, a further four chairlift and 7 T-bar lifts.

Keuzeck starts where the snow line ends, just at the base of the Alpspitz area and just lift linked to it. From there it is possible to ski back down through the forest to the base station at 750 metres ( 2460 feet) - the longest descent in the area. The potentially patchy snow cover at the lower levels are backed up by snow making on this run. Most trails will again appeal to intermediates.

The fourth area at Eckbauer above the famous ski jumps is linked by a ski touring route and both offer skiing within the tree line accessed by lifts from the outskirts of the town. These have a number of blues suitable for beginners although the highest lifts are at 21780 metres (5850 feet) at Wank. Of the dozen other choices on the Happy Ski card, the best options include Mittenwald in Germany, the elite Austrian resort of Seefeld and also in the Tyrol, the big verticals at Ehrwald and Lermoos.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

 Snowboarding in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

There's plenty of terrain for 'boarders to enjoy and although many of the ski area lifts are drags, the big lifts that cover the serious chunks of vertical are all boarder friendly cable cars and funiculars. There's a snowsure fun park with and rails on the Zugspitze plateau.

Other created features are to be found at the Ehrwalder Alm (above Ehrwald, on the area pass), and at Seefeld and Lermoos. There's a Funbox, wave ride and half pipe at Kranzberg by Mittenwald and a half pipe and quarter pipe at Karwendel. Erwin Gruber's dedicated snowboard school in Garmisch - Partenkirchen publishes a brochure featuring pictures of 'boarders with aircraft turbo-props strapped to their backs for added oomph - an experience not to be missed by the dedicated pro.

When is Garmisch-Partenkirchen open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Usual opening is early December (Zugspitz glacier may open earlier in autumn), and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Snow Making

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is able to make snow, on 16km10 miles of ski runs, with 25 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 38 ski lifts of Garmisch-Partenkirchen are able to uplift 50,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is in the Bavarian Alps in Germany.

How can I get to Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Garmisch-Partenkirchen are Innsbruck Airport, Munich and Memmingen. There are seven airports within three hours drive. Innsbruck Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Off the Mountain

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Aprés Ski

Garmisch - Partenkirchen is a town with an awful lot going on. Apart from the 100 restaurants, most with their own bars too choose from, there are a further 30 or so bars, and half a dozen dedicated discothèques to visit through to the early hours. The local friendly attitude to visitors is known as the Gemütlichkeit. Many people are attracted to the casino, although you don't have to wait until après ski if you want to gamble as it opens at 1pm daily, the building was extended in 1997 and now houses 115 slot machines as well as traditional gaming tables.

Other evening entertainments include two cinemas, regular classical music concerts and guest appearances by famous performers at the Kleines Kurtheatre. Or there is comedy and folklore performances at the Peasant's Theatre or the Bayernhalle. Ice shows and hockey matches are open to spectators at the Olympic rink.


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