Ski holiday in Germany: Snow up your life!

Germany is often underestimated as a winter sports destination. And yet the ski areas give a big variety. The Alpine region nestled in southern Germany of course offers a wide range of ski areas, much to the delight of winter sports fans everywhere. Familial, little ski areas can be found in the Harz, the Black Forest, the Thurungian Forest and even in the North Rhine-Westphalian Sauerland.

Regions in Germany

Bavarian Alps

Bavarian Alps

Upper Bavaria's white-blue skies stretches over the entire range of what winter sports fans may dream of. Germany's highest located ski area, the Zugspitze, provides miraculous views of the breathtaking winter landscape in the German Alps. Pros will speed down the World Cup run Kandaha in Garmisch and after skiing you can enjoy the hearty local cuisine. The Allgäu offers the perfect combination of sports, relaxation and spa. With the largest ski arena in Germany, the Fellhorn-Karwendel area, this is a superlative winter holiday area.

Bavarian Forest

Bavarian Forest

The Bavarian Forest is central Europe's largest forest with 6,000 km² of wooded area. In 1970 the national park Bavarian Forest was created which, together with the Bohemian Forest, forms the largest coherent forestal nature reserve in central Europe with a total span of 900 km². Besides of the Alpine region, this region is also known for its affinity to winter sports. Especially families will find exactly what they are looking for here. Those who prefer not to explore the Bavarian Forest on skis, can also go on a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride. The lovely castles and monasteries of the Bavarian Forest are definitively worth while a visit. Numerous restaurant and quaint huts, which offer regional as well as international culinary highlights, should be on your list of to-do's as well.

Harz

Harz

The Harz is the most Northern Mittelgebirge (low mountain range) in Germany. Even though the region cannot score with the highest mountain tops, there are, nevertheless, several small ski areas, which are great for beginners due to their gentle hillsides. However, not only Alpine skiers get their money's worth in the most popular areas at the Bocksberg, Wurmberg, Matthias-Schmidt-Berg, and Sonnenberg, but also those who like to do cross-country skiing as the Harz is known for its well-kept tracks. The biggest ski area lies at the highest mountain in Lower Saxony, the Wurmberg (971 m).

Sauerland

Sauerland

The Sauerland, situated in south-eastern North Rhine-Westphalia, is surrounded by the lower Hesse mountains, the upper Sauerland mountain brim, the Wittgensteiner Land, the Siegerland as well as the Bergische Land. Also known as the "land of a thousand trees", the highest mountains in the Sauerland contribute significantly to Germany's winter sports regions. No matter if it is the toboggan or bob run on the Winterberg or the Mühlenkopf ski jump in Willingen, this unique atmosphere is something you shouldn't miss!

Resorts in Germany

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Resort (region) Pistes Ski area altitude
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Lift pass Nights Price from
40 km 470 - 1,800 m coming soon
40 km 470 - 1,800 m 3-7 199
2 km 780 - 930 m coming soon
3.1 km 560 - 726 m 5-7 279
60 km 740 - 2,720 m 2-7 139
20 km 933 - 1,338 m 7 259
124 km 815 - 2,224 m coming soon
20 km 930 - 1,338 m 5-7 219
124 km 815 - 2,224 m 7 629
40 km 470 - 1,800 m 5-7 299
40 km 470 - 1,800 m 5-7 179
12.5 km 700 - 1,048 m 2-7 69
12.5 km 700 - 1,048 m coming soon
17 km 639 - 809 m 3 209