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Oberwiesenthal Resort Reviews

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Oberwiesenthal Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Oberwiesenthal Ski Resort

  • February 27, 2012
    from United Kingdom

    Went to Oberwiesenthal on a day trip from Berlin. I thought it was a great place to go for 1 or 2 days for a beginner or intermediate skier. The ski area is small but there are some beautiful runs through the trees and the slopes were really empty on a Sunday in February with very small queues for the lifts. We had some great powder snow. If you are a proficient skier then you won't find any challenge here and you have to put up with a few T-bar drag lifts but for a cheap day's skiing it's great.

  • Oberwiesenthal Ratings

    Overall: 3.7. Based on 5 votes and 5 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.5

    (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 Oberwiesenthal.

    Public Transport: 3.5

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Oberwiesenthal, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.2

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 3.8

    (1) No places to stay in/near Oberwiesenthal, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.8

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 3.5

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Oberwiesenthal.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.5

    (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.

    Childcare: 4.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Oberwiesenthal, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 3.8

    (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) Oberwiesenthal is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 3.8

    (1) Oberwiesenthal relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.2

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Oberwiesenthal, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Oberwiesenthal are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 4.2

    (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) Oberwiesenthal 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 Oberwiesenthal, 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: 4.2

    (1) Oberwiesenthal 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: 3.6

    (1) The staff at Oberwiesenthal are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Oberwiesenthal are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 4.4

    (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: 3.0

    (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: 4.8

    (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: 2.8

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Oberwiesenthal has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.2

    (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.

    Intermediates: 3.2

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Oberwiesenthal, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 1.8

    (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: 3.2

    (1) Not even a kicker at Oberwiesenthal, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 2.6

    (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.

    Cross-country: 5.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Oberwiesenthal, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 4.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Oberwiesenthal has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.2

    (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.

    Eating: 4.7

    (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.

    Apres-Ski: 2.8

    (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: 2.7

    (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.

    Entertainment: 3.0

    (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: 4.0

    (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: 3.8

    (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): 3.8

    (1) Overall, Oberwiesenthal 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): 4.0

    (1) Overall, Oberwiesenthal 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.

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  • January 02, 2012
    from United Kingdom

    Skiing 19 Feb 2011.

    We, as a family, had not skied for a lot of years, after a lot of looking around we decided to try Oberwiesenthal, booking a local apartment, then flying into Prague. The trip is 2 hours in a luxury minibus (£100 each way).
    The ski area is not big, but with two sons one who had not skied before, it was a ideal choice, great skiing and having fun as a family, very nice locals, and a lovely apartment (could not believe the price, so cheap).
    There are some beautiful runs; most of the tows are T bars!
    We are going back 12 Feb 2012, the snow already looks great.

  • September 06, 2010
    from Germany

    The snow is super. I came to Oberwiesenthal in March when there was no snow on any hills, then I came 'round the corner and there was a white mountain! The snow is very reliable and there is something for everyone at Oberwiesenthal if beginner or expert.

  • March 09, 2010
    from Germany

    I went to Oberwiesenthal about 4 years ago in March and last year, once again I had a lot of fun. The snow is usually there because Oberwiesenthal sits in a position where a good basis can build up. This is very rare in Germany outside the Alps. The ski area consists of 2 very thickly forested hills (1206 and 1205m). The larger hill has a gondola and a 3- seat chairlift, whilst the smaller one is supplied by two T-bar drag lifts. There are also two T-bars running down on the backside of the mountain. The slopes are mainly red. But this is not true, because the reds are very easy and suited for beginners too. The black run under the gondola lift is steep and in thaw conditions can get very icy. On the edges of this slope there is some interesting deep snow terrain for freeriders.
    The village of Oberwiesenthal is pretty but quiet, only with a few restaurants and simple guesthouses. Most happens in the ski stations from which the lifts depart, a 5 minute walk from the village center. Here one can find snack bars, at least 3 places renting out ski equipment, hotels and a ski school.

  • March 04, 2010
    from United Kingdom

    Oberwiesenthal is one of the best resorts in mid-Germany. It is within easy reach of Berlin and it usually has deep snow from December to April. The slopes are rather easy (except the black under the gondola lift). Most of the tracks run in forests. Lift equipment is mainly new and of high standard. But the resort itself is quite small and after a couple of days of skiing you might get bored.
    Never the less Oberwiesenthal is a great place for beginners! For snowboarders there is a halfpipe and a few jumps.