Garmisch is Germany's leading ski resort. It has two separate ski areas: one at low altitude with mainly tough runs, the other on a glacier with gentler terrain. It has plenty to amuse confident skiers for a couple of days, and with short transfers from Munich it makes a good short-break destination. 

Garmisch and Partenkirchen are separate towns that have merged as they have spread to fill the broad, flat valley bottom beneath the Zugspitze, while keeping their centres distinct. There are smaller resorts on the Austrian side of the Zugspitze. These and the Garmisch ski areas are covered by the Top Snow Card.

Pros

Weather-proof combination of a fair-sized glacier area and wooded slopes lower down

Some spectacular views

Some excellent, challenging runs

Good-value hotels, cheap for eating and drinking, good for short breaks

Cons

Except on the glacier, very few long easy runs; beginners and timid intermediates beware

Many of the best runs descend to low altitude, where conditions are rarely good

Glacier access takes time

Contact Details

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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