Most German resorts are compact, but pack a punch when it comes to the skiing on offer. There are hundreds of small resorts in the country, focussed in Bavaria and the Schwarzwald to the south, but there are also resorts in the east near the Czech Republic and in the centre of the country in the hills to the east of Dortmund.
The best-known resort is Garmisch, nestled in stunning mountains near the Austrian border, which is home to the country’s only glacier ski area and a good local area of slopes. Other bigger resorts include Feldberg, Oberstdorf and Reit im Winkl. A lack of altitude can cause problems in warm, low-snow seasons, but heavy investment in snowmaking facilities in recent years has made a big difference.
Resorts are busiest at weekends, so head out in the week if you can for quiet slopes and minimal queues on the lifts – many of which are now fast, modern chairs, even at the smallest resorts. Most are also great at offering off slope activities, with cross country skiing particularly popular. Note that a lot of resorts are little more than ski hills, with limited accommodation on offer – you may need to stay a little down the valley.
Getting to the slopes is very easy from the UK, with a raft of cheap flights to Munich and Stuttgart. This makes booking late a great option, especially as the low altitude of the resorts means it is best to go when the snow is good and their small size limits the potential to explore over a longer period.