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 Conditions have improved markedly in Germany as it took its share of at least some of the heavy snowfall in the Alps. The country's highest slopes at Zugspitze (10/120cm) reported the biggest three-day accumulation of 80cm but many other areas reported 20-40cm of fresh snow cover.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Germany.

Fresh snow is forecast at 174resorts. Powder is reported at 16 resorts and 20 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Germany

A–A

B–E F–J K–N O–R S–V W–Z Best powder (16)Best piste conditions (20)

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)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(995m — 1295m)

snow report 3 days ago

103 cm
3 days ago
7
3
10
clear
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1145 m
300m 1250m 1200m 1600m 1800m

(680m — 935m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 10 days 21 cm
2 days ago
5
2
3
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 808 m
200m 1000m 1300m 1550m 1800m

(841m — 1139m)

snow report 2 days ago

Almberg/Skizentrum Mitterdorf webcam
15 cm
2 days ago
1
2
7
snow showers
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 990 m
0m 450m 950m 1100m 1700m

(730m — 1490m)

snow report 4 days ago

4 cm
4 days ago
4
3
8
clear
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1110 m
300m 1200m 1200m 1650m 1800m

(681m — 800m)

snow report 7 days ago

47 cm
7 days ago
2
2
2
clear
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 740 m
0m 500m 1200m 1450m 1600m

(623m — 928m)

snow report yesterday

65 cm
yesterday
2
5
9
clear
light snow
cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 776 m
0m 300m 1000m 1000m 1500m

(740m — 820m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 7 days 70 cm
yesterday
2
6
10
clear
light snow
cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 780 m
0m 300m 1000m 1000m 1500m

(750m — 905m)

snow report yesterday

50
50

Fresh

Fresh
26 cm
3 days ago
3
4
20
clear
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 828 m
0m 0m 450m 600m 1200m

(750m — 900m)

snow report 3 days ago

15 cm
3 days ago
2
5
partly cloudy
light snow
cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 825 m
0m 200m 850m 950m 1550m

(1112m — 1456m)

snow report today

40
40
Packed 60 cm
3 days ago
3
12
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1284 m
0m 400m 900m 1100m 1650m

(595m — 843m)

snow report yesterday

Arnsberg webcam
5
3
2 cm
5 days ago
1
3
1
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 719 m
150m 400m 1100m 1400m 1500m

(844m — 1134m)

snow report 3 days ago

23 cm
3 days ago
2
4
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 989 m
0m 300m 850m 1250m 1600m

(845m — 1134m)

snow report 3 days ago

50 cm
3 days ago
3
5
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 990 m
0m 350m 900m 1100m 1600m

(630m — 1480m)

snow report 3 days ago

Aschau im Chiemgau webcam
opens in 10 days 5 cm
3 days ago
2
7
30
clear
light snow
clear
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1055 m
150m 750m 1150m 1600m 1800m