Lermoos Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Lermoos Ski Resort
January 01, 2009
Mark from United Kingdom
Have just returned from spending Christmas in Lermoos.
Hospitality was all it was cracked up to be.
We stayed at the Zugspitz sport hotel at the top end of the village. It is a four star hotel where comfort is assured. We had a good gym and the usual steam and saunas available and the food was immense. Can not fault it at all.
Bearing in mind they had a big dump om the Saturday, and then nothing except a nice light fall on Xmas day, no complaints, the weather was so cold that the snow makers were on all the time and so it was always fresh and white each morning.
Resort: and others in the valley
Ironically we did not ski much in Lermoos itself, but the nice ride up in the gondola led to an interesting blue run all the way down, which my wife and children with only artificial slope lessons in the UK managed to pick their way through. Just a shame the first forty metres from the lifts always seems so steep as they loose confidence, but they were quite manegable really. All in all seemed a good base to ski, with not too many queues, although people do pour over the border on weekends and holidays to clutter it up.
The family had lessons at Biberwier and I can strongly recommend both the private tutors from the ski school, as well as the slopes. Spot on for novices, while I went higher and had fun on the higher reds. Terrific slopes well marked, groomed and plenty of drinking holes.
Berwang, on the other hand, was a nightmare for us. Whilst it had undoubtably some lovely sweeping runs, they were not numbered and often the pistes themselves bore little resemblance to the actual piste maps. Taking the family up from the gondola we came on to what was meant to be a blue, but was in fact a medium red and this totally threw them causing much grief between me and her indoors. Seriously though not a good place for beginners or nervous skiers who like to know what's around the corner. The other problem is that the main access to the mountain got very crowded with ten to fifteen minute waits. To get down to it was a challenge for some as well. Shame because the hills had loads of snow and there were excellent long pistes through trees, but I think it was a poorly designed resort.
Ehrwald: now this was a peach of a place, they have two centres, we went to the Alm lifts at the far end of the village. Fantastic skiing with wide runs which within the same piste had varying levels, e.g the right sides contained some rather tricky ripples and jumps whilst the left side was flat and allowed the family to watch me make a fool of myself.
All pistes were well marked and numbered, and the levels corresponded with those on the maps..Two excellent days here.
Finally the Zugspitz glacier itself:
Wow. Highest mountain in Germany and Austria, fantastic blue runs, and some reds, and guaranteed skiing due to the altitude but wrap up well; often got to minus 17. We went up just to suss it out but spent the whole day up there walking, probably not for the top skiers, but an experience to beat the Hintertux except that you could not ski down to the bottom as the skiing is contained in a very high bowl, but go there anyway.
All the above areas are covered on the superskipass, and of course there is a free ski bus. We found that the buses had limited visits during the day though, and as we drove it was so easy to just drive ourselves. Be sure to have snow tyres though, we did not find a parking place or climb that defeated my old Mondeo with a good set of Pirelli snow tyres but would have been well stuck without them. From Lermoos there is nowhere that took more than 15 minutes drive to get to so it is a very good base camp.
We drove. It took about 8 hours from the tunnel. Easy roads and toll free. We have gone to different places every year for six years now and would not consider doing the fly tour operators thing again.
Great venue, we still have other places to look at next year, but this is certainly one, like Adelboden. We would consider coming back to in the future. In ten days we only scratched the surface of it. The hotel in particular was probably the best we have stayed in.
Overall: 2.9. Based on 5 votes and 7 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Lermoos.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Lermoos, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Lermoos, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Lermoos.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.2
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Lermoos, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Lermoos is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Lermoos relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Lermoos, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Lermoos are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Lermoos is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Lermoos, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.2
(1) Lermoos usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.5
(1) The staff at Lermoos are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Lermoos are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.8
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.5
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.2
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Lermoos has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Lermoos, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 1.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Lermoos, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Lermoos, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Lermoos has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.5
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 2.8
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 2.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 2.8
(1) Overall, Lermoos is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 2.0
(1) Overall, Lermoos is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 31, 2008
Matty K from United Kingdom
Spent a fantastic New Year in Lermmos. Very friendly people. It does get busy as it is a day trip from Munich but no real bad queues. Great hillside lunch spots and some good snow. Did get a little icy at times when the winds got up but it was January! Too many boarders for me but that is common now at many resorts.
Overall, I would go again. Certainly, the whole arena was good. Erhwald was a good option on the days when the wind closed the lifts at Lermoos. Both villages had plenty of variety for eating, the swimming pool at Erchwald being a surprising find.
March 25, 2008
Mike from United Kingdom
I first visited Lermoos in 1963 & 64 and have returned every year since 1982- 2008. My children and grand children have learned to ski on the Grubigstein. I would recommend the Hotel Tyrol and Post. But my little Pension will remain a secret to you all. Over many years we have seen Lermoos constantly update its lifts, its snow machines, piste machines and its mountain restaurants. Make the effort to get to the Wolfrathausen hutte, Bhorgi will give you a very warm welcome and try her Jaggertee: the best in Austia. Get your ski equipment at Maders in the Kirch platz.
January 29, 2008
Conor McNeice from Ireland
We first came to Lermoos in 2003 as a family and we have returned every year since then. We have always stayed at the Hotel Post which is on the church square and only 200m from the bottom of the ski lifts. This is a truly fabulous hotel with superb, large (not usual in ski resorts!) rooms, great food and in particular a very special level of service and personal welcome. The Grubigstein is the local ski area and provides plenty of variety and challenge for less ambitious skiers like us. It is relatively low altitude but the slopes are north-facing and superbly maintained - even in last year's very difficult conditions, there was top-to-bottom skiing on well groomed pistes - much snow brought down the mountain each night and many snow machines.
In summary, Lermoos and in particular, the Hotel Post, are very highly recommended for family ski holidays - we'll be back in March.
September 03, 2004
Todd from United States
I had no intent on hitting Lermoos because it was partially out of the way for me, but when the Zugspitze was closed because of avalanche danger, I was told to try Lermoos. This was perhaps the best advice I have ever received. The snow was a foot deep and powder lasted until the afternoon. There is no doubt that I will soon return to Lermoos on my way to some of my favorite Tyrolean resorts like Serfaus and Ischgl. The hospitality at restaurants was also 'tser gut!'
December 31, 2003
charlie from United Kingdom
A really wonderful Austrian village resort with a good mix of gentle and challenging skiing, efficient lifts and above all friendly locals, hotels, bars etc, Hofherr's ski hire and sports shop is one of the best family ski businesses in the Alps I know. Nothing is too much trouble for them. The altitude is generally not a problem early or late season; as the smooth green cow-pastures turn quickly skiable with only a few inches of snow and there are plenty of snowsure higher runs, in addition to the Zugspitze Glacier itself. The different villages (Ehrwald, Berwang, Reutte, etc, all on the Area Pass, give all the variety one could want, but with one thing in common, that fantastic Austrian hospitality. Only one requirement: more cheap UK flights to Munich or Innsbruck.