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 REPORT Germany's ski season isn't due to start for over a month but the Zugspitze has been reminiscing about the 2001-2 ski season, which began in mid-October that year after a big early-autumn snowfall. There's been a little more snow up high there this past week.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Germany. Fresh snow is forecast at 44 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Germany

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Ski resorts in Germany from A to A

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Mid station 1145 m
3550m 2700m 2150m 2300m 3150m

(680m — 935m)

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Mid station 808 m
3500m 2550m 2050m 2450m 3350m

(841m — 1139m)

snow report 11 days ago

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11 days ago
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Mid station 990 m
3250m 3000m 1900m 1900m 2850m

(730m — 1490m)

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Mid station 1110 m
3550m 2700m 2150m 2350m 3150m

(681m — 800m)

Altastenberg webcam
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Mid station 740 m
3350m 2200m 1850m 2350m 3300m

(623m — 928m)

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Mid station 776 m
3350m 2200m 1700m 2150m 3150m

(740m — 820m)

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Mid station 780 m
3350m 2200m 1750m 2200m 3150m

(750m — 905m)

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Mid station 828 m
3200m 2850m 1850m 1800m 3000m

(750m — 900m)

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Mid station 825 m
3300m 2850m 1800m 1950m 3050m

(1112m — 1456m)

snow report 2 days ago

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2 days ago
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Mid station 1284 m
3300m 2900m 1850m 1900m 2950m

(595m — 843m)

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Mid station 719 m
3350m 2300m 1900m 2250m 3300m

(844m — 1134m)

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Mid station 989 m
3350m 2800m 1900m 1950m 3000m

(845m — 1134m)

clear cloud rain showers clear clear
Mid station 990 m
3300m 2850m 1850m 1900m 2950m

(630m — 1480m)

snow report 11 days ago

Aschau im Chiemgau webcam
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11 days ago
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Mid station 1055 m
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