While Germany doesn’t have the giant ski areas of France or Austria, it does have decent ski resorts with picturesque villages and panoramic views of the Bavarian Alps. Beyond the pistes, many of these resorts offer tobogganing, ice skating, curling and more. From Arber to Feldberg, here are Germany’s top 10 ski resorts.
With 130km (80mi) of pistes, the southern Bavarian ski resort of Oberstdorf links seven mountain peaks, crossing over into Austria. Each mountain has its own character – there are family-friendly vibes over at Söllereck, while powder hunters should head to the summit of Walmendingerhorn. There are also 70km (43mi) of cross-country trails, including a World Cup track. Non-skiers will enjoy the extensive winter hiking trails at Oberstdorf – and perhaps a night at the IgluLodge too.
Oberammergau is a quaint place well known for its wood-carving and the Oberammergau Passion Play. During the winter season, its ski resort – Kolbensattel – turns into a winter paradise with nine lifts and 8km (5mi) of skiing for beginners and intermediates; 90 percent of the runs are easy blues. There’s also a decent park with three lines, with Friday night sessions open from January onwards. Those who are interested in getting into ski touring will like the dedicated ski tourers’ route that leaves from the Kolbensattel-Lodge. It’s an easy 400m (1,312ft) ascent, perfect for honing those kick turns.
Additional reporting by Nina Zietman