The slopes

  • Extent 1 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 3 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 3 out of 5
  • Beginner 1 out of 5
  • Boarder 2 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 1 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 4 out of 5

Gallery

  • Garmisch Partenkirchen

Key facts

Resort710 m
Slopes720-2720 m
Lifts27
Pistes62 km
Price index90

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Germany

Garmisch Partenkirchen

The upside

  • Weather-proof combination of a fair-sized glacier area and wooded slopes lower down
  • Some spectacular views
  • Some excellent, challenging runs
  • Good-value hotels, cheap for eating and drinking, good for short breaks

The downside

  • Except on the glacier, very few long easy runs; beginners and timid intermediates beware
  • Many of the best runs descend to low altitude, where conditions are rarely good
  • Glacier access takes time
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    News – 2017/18

    The old 45-person cable car from the valley up to the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest peak and a glacier ski area) will be replaced by a smart new one with 120-person cabins and panoramic views through floor to ceiling windows. It will have over double the hourly capacity of the old cable car cutting queues to ride down as well as up (there is no piste down).

    The cable car ride is nearly 4.5km long, takes 10 minutes and will set three new world firsts: it will have the world’s tallest cable car support pylon measuring 127 metres, the world’s biggest vertical rise of 1,945 metres over one section and the world’s longest unsupported span covering 3,213 metres.

    Summary

    Garmisch is Germany’s leading ski resort. It has two separate ski areas: one at low altitude with mainly tough runs, the other on a glacier with gentler terrain. It has plenty to amuse confident skiers for a couple of days, and with short transfers from Munich it makes a good short-break destination. We’re getting few reports from readers; if you go, do let us know what you think

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    The slopes

    • Extent 1 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
    • Snow 3 out of 5
    • Queues 3 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
    • Expert 4 out of 5
    • Intermediate 3 out of 5
    • Beginner 1 out of 5
    • Boarder 2 out of 5
    • X-country 3 out of 5
    • Restaurants 3 out of 5
    • Schools 3 out of 5
    • Families 1 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 3 out of 5
    • Convenience 2 out of 5
    • Scenery 4 out of 5
    • Eating out 4 out of 5
    • Apres ski 3 out of 5
    • Off-slope 4 out of 5

    Gallery

    • Garmisch Partenkirchen

    Key facts

    Resort710 m
    Slopes720-2720 m
    Lifts27
    Pistes62 km
    Price index90