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First time skiing in Germany, having previously been to Austria and Bulgaria. When you tell people you're going to Germany, you get a look of surprise - it's not an obvious place to go. I think the Germans keep their best things to themselves a little. Anyway, spending a week here was fantastic.
The pistes are great, they have artificial snow lower down to make the conditions more certain, the cafes etc. on the slopes are great and reasonably priced, and the best thing is that - this being Germany - everything is clean and efficient. The toilets are spotless. The cafes are kept clean, tables cleared really quickly, for us the queues were very short and well-behaved.
There are two main areas - Classic and Zugspitze. The Zugspitze is fun, and the views stunning, but the slopes are a little limited, so it is great to go for a day, but you probably wouldn't want to spend more than a day there.
Classic - worth knowing - free parking at the Alpspitze / Kreuzeck base station. We were in touch with our hotel beforehand, and they thought you had to pay. You don't. There is more space at the Alpspitze/Kreuzeck base too - everyone seems to go to Hausberg, but its worth driving on that bit further.
The Germans have a stereotype, and having working with Germans for years I can say that it's not true! They do have a sense of humour. They do however take things quite seriously, and that includes their skiing. This is a serious ski resort for serious skiers. Suits me! I didn't see anyone here in silly outfits or behaving badly. Good!
The Kandahar run (world cup, black run) is fantastic, and while it deserves to be a black, its a kind-hearted beast that doesn't go out of it's way to trip you up. Some steep sections deserve respect of course. The Olympia run (red run) has some fairly steep sections making it really not a lot different from the Kandahar. They're both great, decently long runs that you can get stuck into.
I can be certain we'll be coming back here.
We decided to spend two nights and one day skiing in Garmisch en route to Austria. Many guest houses which do B&B, I booked one online, very good accommodation, friendly hostess and reasonably priced. Ate out in the town two evenings, if you go one street back from the Main Street you find some great little restaurants, very good prices, we paid 15 euros a head, for two courses & drinks, good service & great food. We only skied the Classic area as only had one day (a Friday), free car park right by gondola, lift system was great, some chairs had heated seats! Great snow, lovely runs, not crowded at all. Prices on mountain were good, cheaper than France. Had a great days skiing on lovely mainly red runs. Wished we had more time, will definitely be back for a longer stay. Worth knowing that you need cash in most restaurants & guest houses.
Close to Munich airport ( about 1.5 hour transfer) the skiing is interesting but on the downside you must chose if you want to ski on the classis or the glacier areas. They don't connect. The mountain views are fabulous. Mountain restaurants are attractive and the people are helpful. The menus are meat dominated. We did not have to queue at all for lifts all weekend. Shops all close on a Sunday as do some restaurants. Cafe Vaun is highly recommended for its interesting menu and good ambience. We stayed at the Atlas Post Hotel.This is a quite resort: not much night life. The building is rather tired but the staff are helpful and it is not expensive. Close to other resorts so if going for more than a weekend there should still be enough to do.
Good seletion of runs and easy access to all 3 areas. Free parking, ski bus and cogwheel train are easily accessed. The view from the top of Zugsptitz is phenomenal. Take your camera. Access to Hausberg is the onlt fly in the ointment here. The 2 cable cars(1 up, 1 down) are simply not enough for the amount of people wanting to use it. Cueing for 45 minutes before getting into the cable car is just not acceptable.
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