This is Germany's number one ski resort where snow usually comes early to this famous Bavarian town. It is close to the border with Austria and skiers can enjoy winter sports on Germany's highest mountain - the Zugspitze - from mid-November onwards.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (it used to be two separate resorts) is Germany's most famous ski resort and is part of a skiing area which has 38 lifts and 43 slopes. Last winter work on the new Hausberg cable car was completed and state of the art machinery now whisks skiers to the slopes in just seven minutes. The resort has 8 gondolas/cablecars; l cogwheel train; 3 chairlifts and 26 drag lifts.
Renovation of the existing cog-wheel train is underway and when completed, four new trains will give skiers a more comfortable ride to the top. There is an impressive 118km of downhill pistes of which 15km are said to be "difficult".
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is at the base of the Zugspitze which is Germany's highest mountain at 3000m and has, in the past, hosted the Olympic Games. Each year one stage of the famous "4" Hills ski jumping championship is staged at Garmisch. The resort is still important enough to stage the Alpine World Cup races.
If you purchase the "Happy Ski Card" it opens up the possibility of using over 100 ski lifts and 250km of downhill pistes in the Bavarian region.
There is floodlit skiing, toboggan runs, and ice galas at the Olympia Ice Sports Centre. The twin villages of Garmisch-Partenkirchen offer a host of cultural and historical events and some extremely interesting buildings and cafes to explore as part of your apres ski activity. The villages can accommodate 10,000 winter guests and for those who enjoy cross country skiing, there are 110km of ski tracks.
Highlights for the winter season include winter sports and culture weeks from 23 December until 07 January; the 56th International New Year's Ski Jumping competition on New Year's Day; The FIS Alpine Ski Worldcup (Men) Slalom on 9 February and a host of various festivals.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located close to Munich and its airport with a "transfer" journey of approximately one hour. The journey by car is via Munich and will take approximately 10 hours from Calais.