Gm Ski Germany

Welcome to the Ski Germany page, providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for the main ski resorts in the country. Over recent years some of the best piste and off-piste powder conditions in Germany have been reported at Oberstdorf-Fellhorn and Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze although of course during any given week the best slope conditions may be found at any of the country’s resorts. Check out the reports below if you are planning a trip at short notice.

Germany is one of the world’s leading ski nations with more than 500 ski areas spread right across the country, and an even larger number of individual ski lift operating companies.

This places it up with Austria, Japan and the USA as the only countries with this many separate ski centres.

Of course most of these ski centres are small village drag lifts but the range of German ski resorts goes right up to international destination resorts like Oberstdorf and Garmisch Partenkirchen (Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze), the latter a former winter Olympic ski resort and more recently host to the 2011 Alpine Skiing World Championships.

Its ski area includes the Zugspitz, Germany’s highest peak with skiing and boarding up to 2,830m. The glacier on the top has been a summer skiing and boarding venue in the past but stopped operating outside the regular winter season a few years ago. However it remains snowsure and in January 2012 reported the biggest snowfall of any resort in the world with 2.4m (eight feet) of snow falling in a week there.

With Garmisch itself down at 720m there appears to be a fairly impressive 2100m vertical between the top of the lifts and the resort but in fact the two are separated by some kilometres of funicular train track and a couple of unskiable precipices on the way back down. An area lift pass includes the local ski area and several others over the border in Austria.

However Gamisch is one of about a dozen German ski areas that can offer a lift served vertical of more than 1,000m alongside famous names like Reit im Winkl, Grainau, Mittenwald/Dammkar and Berchtesgaden.

Many of Germany’s biggest and best known ski areas are in the Bavarian Alps along the country’s southern border, but smaller hills are located all over the country including in the former east Germany and with many in the Black Forest.

In the north west of the country the Winterberg ski region up close to the border with the Netherlands brings together more than a dozen separate ski areas which are very popular at weekends with up to 50,000 visiting Dutch skiers and boarders, as well as Germans from Cologne 140km away, who throng the slopes which are floodlit to 10pm, despite sometimes marginal snow cover, and the bars and night clubs later on.

Germany has one of the largest populations of skiers in the world with at least 12 million German skiers, many of them filling resorts in Austria and Switzerland as well as their domestic ski areas. Cross country skiing, biathlon and ski jumping are also very popular in Germany.

The country is also a claimant to being the probable location of the world’s first dedicated ski lift, created in the Black Forest in the 1890s and using green energy – a watermill – to pull a sledge up a slope that skiing pioneers could ride up on.

In the modern era Germany is famous for its indoor snow centres, of which there are now six, including some of the world’s largest. One is home to the world’s biggest conveyor type lift at over 400m long, to get skiers and boarders back up the hill indoors.
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Germany: latest snow conditions round-up


GERMANY Some German resorts saw light dustings of snow over the weekend. The exception is Oberstdorf (30/180cm) which saw 30cm fall on Sunday, offering great skiing that was only limited by poor visibility on Monday. There was also variable weather across the rest of our featured German resorts.

Berchtesgaden (5/155cm) and Reit im Winkl (75/220cm) enjoyed bright sun, while others have limited visibility, while Garmisch Partenkirchen (235/395cm) saw a cloudy valley but bright sun on the upper slopes. The coming week looks set to continue the cloudy weather, with the possibility of snow on any one or more days for the remainder of the week.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Germany. Fresh snow is forecast at 99resorts. Powder is reported at 4 resorts and 10 are reporting good piste conditions.

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A–A

B–E F–J K–N O–R S–V W–Z Best powder (4)Best piste conditions (10)

Ski resorts in Germany from A to A

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(680m — 935m)

3
1
16
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 808 m
200m 300m 200m 200m 150m

(841m — 1139m)

Almberg/Skizentrum Mitterdorf webcam
8
4
9
light snow
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 990 m
200m 200m 100m 0m 0m

(730m — 1490m)

2
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1110 m
250m 300m 250m 300m 250m

(681m — 800m)

snow report yesterday

Altastenberg webcam
45
20
Packed 8 days ago
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 740 m
250m 250m 150m 200m 0m

(623m — 928m)

Altenau webcam
1
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 776 m
200m 200m 150m 150m 0m

(740m — 820m)

2
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 780 m
200m 200m 150m 100m 0m

(750m — 905m)

3
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 828 m
250m 200m 100m 0m 0m

(1112m — 1456m)

snow report yesterday

Arber webcam
150
110
Packed 3 days ago
3
1
4
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1284 m
200m 250m 150m 100m 0m

(595m — 843m)

snow report today

Arnsberg webcam
20
10
Packed 7 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 719 m
250m 300m 150m 200m 0m

(844m — 1134m)

3
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 989 m
200m 350m 250m 200m 0m

(845m — 1134m)

1
2
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 990 m
200m 250m 150m 100m 0m

(630m — 1480m)

Aschau im Chiemgau webcam
14
5
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1055 m
200m 250m 200m 200m 0m