Zugspitz Arena Ski Resort

The seven ski areas nestled on the Austrian side of Germany's highest peak offer decent variety and lots of off slope activities.

Of the seven ski areas, Lermoos is the best known, but there's also Ehrwald, Ehrwalder Alm, Berwang, Biberwier and access to the snowsure glacier slopes across the German border on the Zugspitze Glacier. Aside from the glacier, most of the slopes are relatively low, but snowmaking has improved snow reliability in recent years. Most of the terrain is rated blue and red, but with 147km to choose from across the various areas, there's more than enough to keep all but the keenest expert skiers happy. Add in an impressive lift system and some smart facilities, including a number of good mountain huts and restaurants and the area's attraction is clear.

In terms of accommodation, there are two main options – staying in Ehrwald or Lermoos. Both offer up some decent hotels and holiday apartments, plus a number of restaurants and bars, but there is very much a quiet, family-friendly vibe here as opposed to a lively après ski one. Off the slopes, there are numerous tobogganing routes, cross country trails and even if you're not skiing, catching the cable car to the top of the Zugspitze is well worth it. Having a car here is useful, enabling you to visit each ski area, but it also makes the transfer from Innsbruck or Munich much quicker.

Resort website: www.zugspitzarena.com

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