Gm 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 As reported in the mainstream media, Southern Germany was one of the hardest hit by the snowstorms of the past three weeks with many ski areas closed, several, like Balderschwang (150/200cm) in the Allgau region, wholly or partially cut-off. Those that were open could only open a small part of their ski areas for safety reasons.

It's a big change from pre-Christmas when areas open were limited by lack of snow cover. As with Austria to the south, however, that situation has now eased with the snowfall much lighter since the last big storm, which brought up to other 90cm/3 feet (to the Zugspitze Glacier 0/400cm) in 72 hours, ended on Monday. The Zugspitze, which was one of the few glaciers in the Eastern Alps that managed to stay open through much of the past few weeks, albeit with just a few runs open, also has the deepest base in the country.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Germany. Fresh snow is forecast at 83 resorts. Powder is reported at 22 resorts and 24 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Germany

A–A

B–E F–J K–N O–R S–V W–Z Best powder (22)Best piste conditions (24)

Ski resorts in Germany from A to A

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(995m — 1295m)

snow report today

110
70
Packed powder or groomed snow 10 cm
3 days ago
1
12
28
clear
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1145 m
300m 250m 100m 350m 1150m

(680m — 935m)

snow report yesterday

35
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
3 days ago
2
7
26
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
cloudy
Mid station 808 m
300m 200m 100m 400m 1150m

(841m — 1139m)

snow report today

Almberg/Skizentrum Mitterdorf webcam
150
150
Packed powder or groomed snow 6 cm
3 days ago
6
7
22
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 990 m
100m 50m 150m 0m 550m

(730m — 1490m)

snow report 3 days ago

12 cm
3 days ago
1
12
26
clear
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1110 m
300m 250m 100m 350m 1100m

(681m — 800m)

snow report 4 days ago

Altastenberg webcam
6 cm
4 days ago
10
29
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
light snow
light rain
Mid station 740 m
150m 100m 100m 750m 1250m

(623m — 928m)

snow report yesterday

10
5
Wet 10 cm
3 days ago
11
22
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
light snow
moderate rain
Mid station 776 m
50m 50m 0m 700m 1300m

(740m — 820m)

snow report today

15
15
Packed powder or groomed snow 9 cm
3 days ago
11
23
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
light snow
moderate rain
Mid station 780 m
50m 50m 0m 700m 1300m

(750m — 905m)

snow report today

70
50
Old snow 5 cm
3 days ago
9
23
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 828 m
0m 0m 0m 0m 850m

(750m — 900m)

snow report today

35
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 4 cm
3 days ago
1
11
24
clear
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 825 m
50m 0m 100m 100m 800m

(1112m — 1456m)

snow report today

200
150
Packed powder or groomed snow 7 cm
3 days ago
3
14
28
clear
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1284 m
150m 50m 100m 0m 600m

(595m — 843m)

snow report 4 days ago

Arnsberg webcam
4 cm
4 days ago
8
26
clear
cloudy
clear
light snow
light rain
Mid station 719 m
50m 100m 100m 550m 1300m

(844m — 1134m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
12
19
clear
snow showers
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 989 m
100m 100m 150m 150m 700m

(845m — 1134m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
2
11
23
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 990 m
150m 50m 100m 0m 600m

(630m — 1480m)

snow report today

Aschau im Chiemgau webcam
200
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 11 cm
3 days ago
4
11
12
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1055 m
250m 200m 100m 250m 950m