New record-breaking cable car and even more enjoyment
The new Zugspitze Cable Car goes into operation at Germany’s highest peak on 22nd December 2017. In addition to breaking three world records in technology, it offers winter sports enthusiasts and excursionists a breathtaking panorama as it whisks them to the peak. Thanks to snow-farming, the ski season starts early in November at the Zugspitze. Fantastic events can be enjoyed in addition to superb skiing at the Garmisch-Classic ski area, while visitors to Mount Wank can focus on winter experiences of a more gentle kind.
The cable car’s inaugural journey will mark the beginning of a new era: one in which the state of the art Zugspitze Cable Car whisks passengers up to the highest mountain in the country in unparalleled comfort. Six years in total of planning and construction work, sometimes under the most challenging of conditions at 3,000 metres above sea level, have been invested in this superlative project and resulted in an indisputable highlight, not only for Bayerische Zugspitzbahn AG, but the entire tourism dominated region. Ever-increasing numbers of visitors to the Zugspitze - around half a million every year - was one of the reasons for replacing the former funicular ropeway. In future, two fully glazed high-capacity cabins will transport up to 580 passengers per hour to the peak, banishing queues to history. Along the journey, they will traverse the world’s highest steelwork pylon for aerial tramways at 127 metres, the world’s greatest overall height difference of 1,945 metres over one section as well as the world’s longest unsupported span, measuring 3,213 metres. Three records, which passengers can experience as they savour full panoramic views of picturesque Lake Eibsee, Waxensteine and the Alpspitze - even during the construction period - as their appetites are whetted for the mountain experiences to come. Integrated window heaters make it possible to enjoy unobstructed visibility even in bad weather, and as far as Munich on clear days. Both cabins are eye-catchers in themselves, with their elegant and understated design. Once at the top of Germany’s highest peak, visitors can look forward to unique 360° panoramic views of over 400 alpine peaks in four different countries, as well as a range of all-year round adventures.
Zugspitze Ski Resort: early start in the winter season
Snow sport enthusiasts have always been able to carve their trails down the beautifully prepared natural slopes at the 2,700 metre high Zugspitzplatt early on in the season. Since 2016, Bayerische Zugspitzbahn has used snow-farming (the creation of snow depots over the summer) to enable skiers to enjoy their first runs of the season well before Christmas. Therefore, for the second year in succession, the start of the 2017/18 season is planned for 17th November 2017. Good news not only for piste sport enthusiasts, but also day-trippers and food fans, to whom the Zugspitze Glacier brings just as much pleasure.
Winter prices 2017/2018: The Zugspitze ticket costs the same as last year, Euro 45.00 for adults. Attractive family discounts are available on all cable car tickets for families with children.
Garmisch-Classic: Sporty ski resort for pleasure lovers
Not far from the Zugspitze, winter sports lovers have another dream region at their fingertips. A varied ski area with 40 kilometres of slopes and four valley runs with snow-making facilities can be found betwixt the ski mountains of Alpspitze, Kreuzeck and Hausberg. Families and beginners, pleasure carvers and sporty downhillers keen to follow in the footsteps of World Cup stars, will all find their perfect challenge here. For the first time this winter, athletic early risers are offered the exclusive “Early Bird Kandahar“ on 24th and 25th February. A maximum of 50 participants in two guided groups have the opportunity to complete the world-famous Kandahar downhill run before the start of regular ski operations (7:30 - 8:30 hrs). Afterwards, there is an hour to enjoy leisurely breakfast at the Kandahar 2 ski bar and swap notes on ski techniques. The price is Euro 35 (bookable in advance online, excludes ski pass).
The popular K2 grill-out in the stylish Kandahar 2 ski bar is even more amenable. This somewhat different style of après-ski is dominated by cool DJ-sounds, hot and tasty treats from the BBQ and stunning views of the natural landscapes from the sun loungers on the ski-bar terrace. But be careful: you may enjoy this little relaxed break in-between runs so much, it marks the end of your day on the slopes. Dates to get in the diary: 3., 10. & 17. March 2018 from 12 hrs.
What’s more, a series of events at the Garmisch-Classic ski resort is planned for both on and off the slopes, including “Schneebeben - Snowquake” in D9 and K2 (13./14.01.2018), Men’s Ski World Cup races (27./28.01.2018) and Ladies (03./04.02.2018), DJ Dan Gerous (16.02.2018) and Snowdown in D9 (31.03.2018).
Winter prices 2017/2018: the Garmisch-Classic day ski pass costs Euro 43.00. Twin-Ticket (2-day ski passes/valid for the Zugspitze and in Garmisch-Classic) cost Euro 83.00 for adults. Attractive family discounts are available on all cable car tickets for families with children.
Panoramic Mount Wank: winter from its most beautiful side
Well away from the sporty action on the slopes, but with a wealth of tranquillity and hours of sunshine instead, Mount Wank spoils its visitors with a more gentle style of winter experiences. During Christmas and carnival holidays, the Wankbahn cable car provides an effortless ascent to the 1,780 metre high summit plateau and its charming winter landscapes. Unlimited panoramic views, entertaining toboggan rides, pleasant winter walks along cleared hiking trails around the top terminal of the cable car or guided snowshoe tours are just the thing for families, older visitors, or nature lovers of every age. And after so much exercise in the fresh winter air, tasty Bavarian delicacies taste even better on the sun terrace of the Sonnenalm Restaruant.
Wankbahn winter opening times 2017/18:
25th December 2017 – 7th January 2018
10th February 2018 - 18th February 2018
Winter prices 2017/2018: A mountain ascent and descent with the Wankbahn costs Euro 21.00 for adults.