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Listed under Skiing in Germany.

  • Photo of Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Photo of Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Photo of Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Photo of Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Photo of Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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The skiing here is across four areas, three areas are joined together south of the joined towns, and one of them rises up and under the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Which is why this is Germany's best known ski resort – the Bavarian scenery is classic. The winter Olympics held here paved – or cleared – the way for some classic downhill runs, as well as helping to organise the infrastructure, which is shared between Garmisch and Partenkirchen.

The Hausberg area has most of the easier runs, good for families and learners. Kreuzeck is the main ski area, on the rounded hills below the main five peaks, though you can glacial ski on the Zugspitze itself for something a bit more daring. Most of the lifts and cable cars deliver you somewhere around the Kreuzeck area, the Alpspitz is the highest lift, taking you up to 2,050m.

On the way down there are a couple of black runs, one of them the Kandahar run, is quite famous, these cut though the trees and bump over moguls near the bottom of the valley. In fact it's the way back down to the town that provides some of the best runs of this resort. There's a lot of variety here, over a small amount of ground, though you do often find yourself waiting for the lifts.

There's snow here from late November through April, and it's only about an hours drive from Munich.

Written by  TeeKai Halwitt.

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