The 2007-08 skiing season will start mid-December, and earlier if there have been heavy falls of snow during November.
The idyllic location is between snow-covered mountains of Bavaria and the neighbouring slopes of Austria and is conveniently located close to the Munich - Salzburg motorway as well as the airports of Munich and Salzburg (both less than one hour's journey) This makes it ideal for UK skiing enthusiasts who are looking for a small, quiet locations and the resort is especially good for novice and interm,ediate skiers as well as families.
The village of Reit-im-Winkl is famous for both snow and sunshine, both of which are in abundance during the winter period from December through to April. The ski resort is Winklmoos-Alm/Steinplatte is just a short drive along a valley via Seegatterl. Lifts start at 1146m from Winklmoos A and rise to the Steinplatte (1869m) which is served by a number of chairlifts where slopes offer beginners and intermediate skiers the opportunity to practice turns on either well groomed pistes or in deep powder at the Durnbachhorn.
From the peaks of the Kaisergebirges down to the wide valley in the south west, this terrain lends itself to both alpine and cross country skiing. There is 44km of downhill pistes, although it has to be said the alpine slopes are better suited to the novice and intermediate skiers. For the better skiers the "Dammkar area" represents a real opportunity for those who prefer free-riding where there is a slope of 7km in length and accessed by the Karwendel cable car. This represents Germany's second longest piste. There are also superb hiking and cross country trails through the deep snow which seems to be available winter after winter.
Reit im Winkl offers a wide range of winter activities from horse-drawn sleigh rides, a 4km toboggan run, 176km of cross country skiing, snow-shoes walks as well as traditional folklore and theatre evenings. The village has bars and disco and a wide choice of restaurants for those who prefer to eat out in the evenings. The resort also offers ice skating rink, snow-tubing, and local folk music.