Information for ski touring in the Garmisch-Classic ski resort

The Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG offers a range of free activities for ski touring enthusiasts again this year.

Groomed ascent trail

As operators of the Garmisch-Classic ski resort, the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG has provided a groomed and daily supervised trail which is partially equipped with snow making facilities for ski touring ascents since the winter season of 2011/12. This leads from the car park at the Olympic Ice Sports Centre (address: Eisstadion 1, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen) in the direction of the base terminal of the Hausbergbahn lifts. The trail leads between the base terminal building and the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski School, along the lower Hornabfahrt downhill run and the Standard-Tonihütte ski route, until the base terminal of the Trögl lifts. Ski touring enthusiasts heading for Drehmöser 9, Bayernhaus or Garmisch Haus should turn left just before the base terminal of the Trögl lift and head towards Hausberg. Those wanting to go to Kreuzeck or Hochalm should follow the ascent trail via the Kreuzwankl by-pass, through the ski-tour tunnel below the Tröglhang slope and carry on along the lower ski trail towards Hexenkessel and Kreuzeck. The ascent trail then leads from Kreuzeckhaus to Längenfeldersattel and on to the Hochalm.

All classic tours around the Alpspitze and Stuiben in the Garmisch-Classic region can be accessed at any time using the groomed ascent trail. To improve orientation, sign posts with information are dotted along the entire route. Crossing points with the regular ski pistes are identified as danger points.

To ensure safe ascents, the ski-tour tunnel at the Tröglhang slope is equipped with LED lighting, even at night. Special new mats in the pedestrian tunnel mean that it is no longer necessary to take your tour skis off in the tunnel. Caution: For safety reasons, the upper lying ski tunnel may only be used by skiers coming down the mountain.

A detailed plan of the ascent route in the Garmisch-Classic ski area can be downloaded here.

K2 Ski Tour Evenings at Mount Hausberg

As soon as snow conditions allow, K2 ski tour evenings to the Drehmöser 9 take place every Tuesday and Thursday between 17.00 und 22.00 hrs. Due to safety reasons, the climb is only possible on the groomed ascent trail. This leads from the Hausberg car park to the lower Hornabfahrt downhill run and along the Standard-Tonihütte (Nr. 3) ski route. Just before the base terminal of the Trögl lifts (E) the route leads off to the left in the direction of Drehmöser 9. On both ski tour evenings, the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn prepare the pistes so that tour skiers can climb up not only to the 1,310 metre high mountain hut on Mount Hausberg, but also along the groomed trail to the Kreuzeckhaus and Kreuzalm. To get there, ski tourers should follow the prepared ascent trail (E) from the base terminal of the Trögl lifts through the ski tour tunnel at the Tröglhang slope and continue along the ski trail until Kreuzeck. Refreshments are served at participating mountain huts until no later than 21.30 hrs on all ski tour evenings.

The downhill valley run is open on ski tour evenings until 22 hrs; one should take the middle ski trail (Nr.13), the Kreuzwankl by-pass (Nr.9) and the Hornabfahrt run (Nr.2).

In the interests of safety, ski touring enthusiasts are requested to wear high visibility clothing (safety vest or other) as well as a working headlight and observe the 10 rules for ski tours on the ski pistes by the German Alpine Assoc.

On ski tour evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn will start grooming the pistes from 22 hrs onwards. For this reason, warning signs and piste closures must be strictly observed. As piste preparations involve the use of cable winches, downhill skiers put their lives at risk if restricted areas are entered.

10 rules for ski tours on the pistes by the German Alpine Assoc

In order to avoid conflicts and the risk of accidents, the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn kindly requests ski tour participants to observe the German Alpine Assoc. rules of conduct:

  • Ascents and descents are made at one’s own risk and responsibility.
  • Ascents should only be made on the outside edge of the piste (FIS-Rule Nr. 7), in single file - not next to each other. Pay attention to ski operations.
  • Take particular care ahead of mountain crests, narrow sections, steep slopes, freezing conditions and crossing the pistes in areas of poor visibility.
  • Under no circumstances should closed pistes be entered. Observe local sign posts and route specifications.
  • Exercise great care and caution during piste preparation work. When cable winches are in use, the ski slopes are closed for safety reasons as there is a potential risk of death or serious injury.
  • Only use the outer edge of prepared pistes. A working headlight and reflective clothing should be worn during the hours of darkness.
  • Pay attention to Alpine dangers; avalanche rick in particular. No ski tours should be undertaken in areas where avalanche dispersion blasting can be expected.
  • Ski touring should only be undertaken when there is sufficient snow. Avoid damaging plant life and topsoil.
  • Show consideration towards wildlife. Animals are most sensitive at dusk and during the hours of darkness. Do not take dogs on the ski slopes.
  • Respect the car parking rules and fees. Travel environmentally friendly.