The mountains in Upper Bavaria have everything a skier can dream of. Cosy, snug ski resorts without the hustle and bustle, with lots of romance and spectacular World Cup downhill runs as well. Skiing belongs to Upper Bavaria like the Dirndl and Lederhose (traditional Bavarian dress) belongs to the beer festival Oktoberfest. More than 100 years ago Alpine pioneers were already active in the Bavarian mountains. Nowadays the ski resorts in Upper Bavaria are as versatile as never before.
The glacier skiing area of the Zugspitze Mountain soars up to nearly 2,700 metres asl with 20 kilometres of pistes and lots of natural snow. Below this the Garmisch Classic ski area with its three skiing mountains the Hausberg, Kreuzeck and Alpspitze as well as the legendary, world cup tested Kandahar downhill. The slopes at the Spitzingsee are beautifully located with guaranteed snow and can be reached from Schliersee and from Tegernsee. A lot has been improved on the Sudelfeld near Bayrischzell too with new lifts and snow-making facilities as well as a snow park and a freeride cross. The SNUKI children’s play area also offers the toddlers alongside a conveyor belt, rope tows to hold onto and huts to rest and relax in, as well as baby bumps and jumps to give them that special thrill. Beginners and children can also hire skis or boards for learning on from one of the ski hire shops.
Without a doubt the family ski resort with the best guaranteed snow is in Berchtesgadener Land. In Roßfeld four lifts exploit the well-prepared runs which are well-suited for skiers and snowboarders alike. The Profi ski school in Berchtesgaden Oberau shows together with the ski lifts in Roßfeld people new to skiing how to do it. This means everyone can learn how to ski and have fun and relax at the same time.
The Upper Bavarian Alps also offer amazing scenery for ski touring. Conquering mountains deeply covered in snow without any external help and then the reward of fascinating powder runs downhill is a unique experience. There are various offers available to let you try it out for yourself:
The idyllic Tölzer Land is situated between the Isar and Loisach rivers south of Munich. The ski resort Brauneck-Wegscheidhttp://www.brauneck-bergbahn.de/en/winter/ski-area/ is famous for its amazing views, varied slopes and a wide offering of huts; and is also the birthplace of ski stars as well. Hilde and Annemarie Gerg, Martina Ertl and Florian Eckert learnt how to ski in the mountains around Lenggries. No other Upper Bavarian ski resort has given birth to so many professional skiers. A ski club with its’ own slope to train on and active youth development programme make this possible.
Children have lots of space for their first turns and can practise with their parents together on the open slopes next to the lifts. Advanced skiers can look forward to challenging World Cup runs as well as the mogul field on the Upper Garland.
Also in the Tölzer Land families can enjoy on the Blomberg, a small but fine skiing area especially for children or beginners. On a floodlit slope you can also ski or board down to the valley in the late evening. The Blomberg is also famous and well-loved as one the longest natural toboggan runs in Germany, where you can sledge down through the woods to the valley station. Snowboarders and free skiers can also have fun in the Mojo Park and practise their new jumps and tricks.
With large events such as the World Cup race which was held in 1980 in Lenggries for the first time winter sports became increasingly popular in Upper Bavaria, as well as the locals’ affection for skiing. You can imagine Martina Ertl or Hilde Gerg as little girls standing at the side of the slopes and watching their desire to become professional skiers. Both of them grew up near the Brauneck and were virtually born with skis on their feet. For Hubert Walther, the landlord of the hut on the Brauneck, the sporting success of the Lenggries locals comes as no surprise to him. It’s just the result of a close relationship with the mountains. There’s been a long tradition of climbing the mountains both in summer and winter. As the highlight of the trip there’s also a hearty snack on offer in the hut. And Walther himself also has a racing biography to offer.
No other ski resort offers as many huts as there are on the Brauneck. At 15 huts in total you can meet a unique Upper Bavarian kind of people up here. The ski resort of Blomberg has 4 kilometres of slopes and is closest to Munich. In the Brauneck-Wegscheid ski resort beginners, advanced and professional skiers can enjoy the Upper Bavarian countryside whilst skiing, carving or snowboarding.