Three mountains for unparalleled winter fun
Sitting above the famous winter sports destination Garmisch-Partenkirchen, visitors will find a diverse ski resort with 40 kilometres of slopes and four downhill runs covered by snowmaking facilities between the three ski mountains Hausberg, Kreuzeck and Alpspitze. Beginners and families, carving fans and pros will all find the right challenge to suit them here.
The Garmisch-Classic ski resort combines a passion for winter sports and a long tradition of hosting major sporting events. As one of Germany’s snowiest ski resorts, it impresses with legendary slopes and modern infrastructure. From the total of 40 slope kilometres between 740 and 2,050 metres above sea level, 25 km are covered by snowmaking facilities, including the four thrilling downhill runs. There are slopes to ensure ski pleasure for all abilities with 12 km graded easy, 18 km graded moderate and 10 km graded difficult.
Families and less experienced skiers can enjoy a gentle introduction to this new hobby on the predominantly easy to moderate runs on the Hausberg. The children’s play area with practice course near the top station of the Hausbergbahn allows the little ones to get used to the technique and fun to be had on skis. Fantastic slopes can also be found below the summit of the Alpspitze, which affords one of the most incredible panoramas of the Northern Alps above the tree line. It’s well worth taking a detour to the AlpspiX viewing platform on the Osterfelderkopf to enjoy the incredible views in total tranquillity. To see and be seen is also the name of the game at the popular BMW xDrive Cup, which will once again be held on the Ski Movie giant slalom course on the Hausberg. Simply register with your ski pass number and try to beat your best time, then afterwards you can download your own ski movie and have the chance to win great prizes.
Freestyle beginners and more experienced fans can practise new tricks in the park on the Hexenkessel, while experienced skiers follow in the tracks of the World Cup elite. Why not stretch yourself to the limit where the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2011 were celebrated with such enthusiasm and the speed stars complete the Kandahar downhill every year, covering 940 metres in just under two minutes. Anyone who’s completed black run no. 5 has certainly earned a pat on the back and some refreshment in the laid-back ski bar Kandahar 2 at the bottom station of the Kreuzeckbahn.
Stop for a break right on the slope
There are other places to stop in the heart of the ski resort on the Hausberg. Depending on individual preference, winter sports fans like to take a break at the quaint ski hut Drehmöser 9, which has an excellent á-la-carte restaurant, or the Garmischer Haus next door. The rustic mountain restaurant offers self-service Bavarian cuisine and also welcomes larger groups and ski clubs in addition to being family-friendly. The casual sun terraces with VIP feeling and views of the slopes are the icing on the cake in both restaurants.