Best German Ski Resorts: 15 Places For the Best Skiing in Germany (For All Levels!)

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If you know anything about my homestate in the US (Nebraska) then you probably know that it is flat flat flat. Which means I’d never properly skied for most of my life.  So, here I was, in my mid twenties going on one of my first ski holidays in Germany and could barely do more than a pizza wedge with my skis down the beautiful Bavarian Alps in Germany when, I kid you not, a 3 year old (still with a BINKY in her mouth!) ZOOMED past me with ease and grace. Of course, this was just seconds before I did yet another giant superman face plant into the powdery snow.

And thus began my skiing in Germany journey.  I’d like to say that a decade later I can hold my own on the moguls with the best of them, buuuuut that would be a bold faced lie. And while some people prefer the bigger, higher, more diverse mountains in places like Austria, France, Switzerland, or Italy for skiing holidays, Germany actually is a fantastic place to find REALLY reasonably priced lift tickets for what you get on the slopes!  

Which is why I’ve put together some of the best ski resorts in Germany- no matter what level of skier you are! While most of the more popular are in the (Bavarian) Alps in Germany, there are still several others that you can look into in other locations in the country. Here I’ll give you 15 tried and tested German ski resorts- including where to go skiing near Munich, Germany, some of the best slopes for beginners, and more.

At a Glance: Where to Go Skiing From Munich:

While I’ll cover most of these in detail below, many people want to know where are some “Munich Ski Resorts.” And while there isn’t really skiing IN Munich, this is one of the best cities to start from, especially if just getting/flying into Germany.  There are plenty of places for skiing near Munich, including plenty of day trip options.  And of course, if you are staying in Munich, check out my 1, 2, and 3 day Munich itineraries!

Name of Ski Resort/ TownTime From Munich (by car)Day Pass Cost (Adult)
Brauneck1 h 13 min (94.6km) €42.00
Spitzingsee/ Tegernsee1 hr 11 mins (93.6km) € 39.00
Zugspitze/ Garmisch1 hr 45 (117km)€52.00/ €50.00
Kitzbühel (Austria)1 hr 25 mins (125km)€62.00


Probably the most famous place for the best skiing in Germany is the tallest mountain in the country- the Zugspitze. This is the perfect place for advanced skiers with over 20 km of runs and 9 lifts. And while there are plenty of options for different levels and abilities here (and even a Kinder Ski School), there are actually better places nearby for beginners and even moderate abilities not that far from here.  Therefore, I’d leave this mountain more for the experts and dare devils.  Since the altitude is so high (2962 meters), even on the grey, dreary days that we often see in Bavaria, many of the runs are high above the dark clouds, offering sunshine and blue skies!

2022-2023 Zugspite Ski Season:

  • November 12, 2022- May 1, 2023
  • Open Daily 8:30-4:45pm

Cost For a Day Ticket:

  • Adults: €57.00
  • Youth (16-18 years ): €45.50
  • Kids (6-15 years): €28.50

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How to Get There: Many people will go to the Zugspitze from Munich as a day trip Train: You’ll first take the train from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirschen.  There, you’ll get off and follow the signs at the station for the “Zugspitzebahn.” This is a separate ticket (which you can get there) than your Deutsche Bahn train pass and go to the Zugspotzplatt on the mountain.   Or, you can take the cable car from Lake Eibsee to the top, where you’ll then find the Gletscher lift Note: It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Munich to Garmisch, but then another 75 minutes or so by train to the peak. Plan your time accordingly to get the most of your ski day. Car: You can easily drive to Garmisch and from there take the Eibsee Cable Car up to the peak Ability Levels: Intermediate and Expert

Garmisch Ski Resort (Garmisch Classic) 

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Many people confuse skiing in Garmisch Germany with skiing the Zugspitze.  While they are both based out of Garmisch-Partenkirsche, they are actually two separate ski areas (although you can buy combo tickets to explore both). This is the Garmisch Classic, which is actually a bigger area and more versatile than the Zugspitze.  There are 17 lifts and over 40km of runs of various ability levels.  So, while many people just assume they should go to the Zugspitze, don’t forget about the Classic Garmisch, Germany. Skiing at this resort gives you access to three mountains; the Hausberg, Kreuzeck, and the Alpspitz.

2022-2023 Garmisch Classic Ski Season:

  • November 15, 2022- April 2, 2023
  • Open Daily 8:30-4:30pm

Cost For a Day Ticket:

  • Adults: €55.00
  • Youth (16-18 years ): €44.00
  • Kids (6-15 years): €27.00
  • 2 Day Twin Ticket (Including Zugspitze):
    • Adults: €105
    • Youth: €84
    • Kids: €52.50

How to Get There: Many people will go to Ski Garmisch from Munich as a day trip Train: Take the train from the Munich HBF to Garmisch- Partenkirchen and then take the bus to the ski area Car: Drive to the Kreuzeck Lift Station (Am Kreuzeckbahnhof 1, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen) Ability Levels: Great for all levels and abilities

Oberammergau (Kolbensattel) and Laaber Mountain Skiing

Oberammergau skiing
Oberammergau” (CC BY 2.0) by David Pursehouse

Oberammergau is actually the very first place I went skiing in the Bavarian Alps, Germany.  We chose this as a less touristy, less busy, and less intense version to the more difficult Garmisch and Zugspitze options.  While there are only 9 lifts and 8km of slopes, with the majority of the runs being blues, it was the perfect place for me as a beginner! However, if you are a more experienced skier (do not attempt this one if you are not an expert skier), you can always do the nearby Laber Run, which is considered Germany’s steepest freeride and is sure to give anyone a good thrill.  I particularly love Oberammergau because the town itself is absolutely beautiful, and in the winter, there is the added bonus to cross country ski to one of my favorite palaces in Germany- the totally underrated Linderhof Schloss!

2022-2023 Oberammergau Ski Season:

  • December 25, 2022- April 3, 2023
  • Open Daily 9am-4:30pm

Cost For a Day Ticket:

  • Adults: €35.00
  • Youth (16-18 years ): €33.00
  • Kids (6-15 years): €23.00

Ability Levels: Beginning and Moderate Levels

Lenngries (Brauneck) 

Brauneck Skiing
Brauneck 1550m” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by NineM2010

The Brauneck Ski Resort is more popular amongst locals coming for the weekends from Munich.  With 34 km of slopes and 19 lifts, it’s not known as the biggest or most diverse that Germany skiing has to offer, but actually offers a little bit of something for various levels.  Even though it’s particularly fantastic for kids and beginners, there are a few surpsring runs that will test more experienced levels of athletes. This is a great resort to sneak away to during the week since it can get quite busy with weekenders from Munich on Saturdays and Sundays.

2022-2023 Lengries-Brauneck Ski Season:

  • December 17, 2022- April 26, 2023
  • Open Daily 8:15-4:30pm

Cost For a Day Ticket:

  • Adults: €48.00
  • Youth: €41.00
  • Kids: €23.00

Ability Levels: Best for kids and beginners.  Some intermediate and a few expert options


Skiing in germany If you are looking for another one of the best German Ski Resorts for all levels, Oberstdorf is a great choice.  Located in the Allgauer Alps (it has the tallest cable car in the Allgäu region), this ski resort actually spans over both Germany and Austria!  There are 7 mountains available for skiing on and 48 lifts with 130km of slopes which includes the Fellhorn skiing as well.  There truly is something for every range of ability and level of ability here!

2022-2023 Obertsdorf Ski Season:

  • December 10, 2022- April16, 2023
  • Open Daily 8:30-4:30pm

Cost For a Day Ticket:

  • Adults: €57.50
  • Youth: €44.50
  • Kids: €21.50

Ability Levels: All. Particularly great for beginners as well as intermediate

Oberjoch (Bad Hindelang)

  While the Oberjoch offers one of the higher ski areas in the country, this is actually the perfect place for families and beginner skiers for German Alps skiing. In fact, this is often known as the “Go To” place for families and kids, as the entire resort is very kid friendly and has very easy runs and slopes.  There is a fantastic “Schneekinderland” (Snow Kids Land) where they can practice and learn their ski and snowboarding skills and then the slopes themselves are great for beginners.  There are 5 lifts that take you to 32 km of slopes.  There is also about 36 cross country ski trails as well to explore. Another fun thing that Oberjoch offers is the night skiing in Germany! Every Thursday from 5:30-9pm, the Iselerbahn is lit up for skiing in the dark!

2022-2023 Oberjoch Ski Season:

  • December 16- April 10, 2023
  • Open Daily 8:30-4:15pm

Cost For a Day Ticket:

  • Adults: €48.50
  • Youth: €37.50
  • Kids: €21.50

Ability Levels: Perfect for kids, families, beginners, and intermediate skiers

Grosser Arber

Grosser Arber Skiing
Trip Großer Arber” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by PercyGermany

While most people are going to flock to the Alps in Germany, the Bavarian Forest offers a great option of skiing for day trips at the Grosser Arber Ski Resort (the tallest mountain in the Bavarian Forest). I personally love this as a day trip option from where I live (Regensburg) and is also very popular with locals as well as US Military Stationed in Germany at the Army Posts of Hohenfels and Grafenwöhr . It may only have 12 km of runs, but has 9 lifts and several runs of each and every ability with several reds, blues, and even blacks. 

2022-2023 Grosser Arber Ski Season:

  • January 21 2023- March 31, 2023
  • Open Daily 8:30-4:30pm

Cost For a Day Ticket:

  • Adults: €39.00
  • Youth: €37.00
  • Kids: €28.00

Ability Levels: Perfect for kids, families, beginners, and intermediate skiers


Winterberg Skiing
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While the middle of Germany isn’t particularly known for it’s Alpine peaks, I was surprised when we visited the Hochsauerland Centerparcs Family Resort that the Winterberg Ski Resort was a really decent offering for skiing.  No, this isn’t really comparable to the Germany Alps in Bavaria, but for those in more central Germany, it’s a great alternative with a wide range of ability levels.  While the main ski area is at Winterberg, with the day pass you can also take the complimentary shuttle to the nearby Neuastenberg (Postwiese), Sahnehang, and Altastenberg ski areas, so you are sure to find some runs that are perfect for your abilities. 

2022-2023 Winterberg Ski Season:

  • December 2, 2022- March 10, 2023
  • Open Daily 9am-4:30pm (Tuesdays and Fridays Night Skiing from 6:30pm to 10:00pm)

Cost For a Day Ticket:

  • Adults: €45.00
  • Kids: €30.00

Ability Levels: Great for beginners and intermediate levels

Skiing in the Black Forest Germany: Feldberg

Blackforest skiing
Feldberg Snowboarding” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Lightning AR

While the Bavaria ski resorts in the Alps may be known as the best ones, that doesn’t mean you can’t find other places to ski in Germany. In fact, the first ski club in the country actually started in Feldberg, located in the Black Forest. The Liftverband Feldberg Ski Resort has 28 lifts and 36 runs and has a fantastic snowboard park with the “longest jib line in Germany.”  This is a really great place for both beginners and intermediate levels, as there are tons of both blue and red slopes (there’s only about 6km worth of Black runs). 

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2022-2023 Black Forest Feldberg Ski Season:

  • December 16- March 11, 2023
  • Open Daily 9am-4:30pm

Cost For a Day Ticket:

  • Adults: €49.00
  • Youth: 37.00
  • Kids: €29.00

Ability Levels: Best for Beginners and Intermediate.  Some Expert Slopes Available

Summer Skiing in the Alps

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is nowhere to go summer skiing in Germany.  If you REAAALLY want some of the thrills of feeling the snow in June, the best you can do is get a free sled and do the toboggan run on the Zugspitze Glacier.  If you want to go summer skiing in the Alps from Germany, you can head to Austria, which has a lot of options, like the Hintertux Glacier, which is still only a little over 2 hours from Munich.  St. Moritz in Switzerland is only about 2.5 hours from the Lake Constance area in Germany. 

Indoor Skiing in Germany

Ok, so it may not be the best skiing (ok ok….maybe not even the ok-est of skiing!) but there are actually a few places to go indoor skiing in Germany. They are all more or less the same, where there is one main (small) hill that is indoors.  Obviously, these are best for the novelty of it or even for kids and very early beginners just needing to get used to being on some skis. Alpenpark Neuss: Just outside of Düsseldorf (website)   Snow Dome Bispingen: In between Hanover and Hamburg (website) Bottrop Alpincenter: About 30 minutes north of Essen (website) Wittenburg Aalpincenter Hamburg-Wittenburg: 1 Hour East of Hamburg (website) Snowtropolis Skihalle: About 50 minutes North of Dresden (website)

Best Hotels For Skiing in Germany

In addition to having toddlers fly past me on the slopes, my lack of skiing abilities was not the only thing I was grossly underprepared for on my first ski trip in Germany. Living here, I often do last minute trip planning so in January I decided to do a skip trip in February only to find that (no joke) like ALL accommodations near ANY slopes were full. I thought maybe it was just that particular weekend. Nope. So the next year, I thought, “Ok, this year I am going to book even earlier, like in November to go in February” Guess what? Same thing.  I quickly learned that Germans book ski accommodation waaaaaay in advance (like 9 months to a year!). So if you want a hotel (especially one with halfway decent reviews, ski accommodations, hot tubs, location to the slopes, etc) do not be like LeAnna. Book In Advance!!!!

Best Hotels Near the Zugspitze/ Garmisch Ski Resorts

If you are planning on any Garmisch Skiing, be sure to check out my full Best Hotels in Garmisch Guide or start comparing Garmisch Hotel Prices Here. But for a quick answer/snapshot, here are some of the best ski hotels in Garmisch I would start with:

Hyperion Hotel-Garmisch Partenkirchen

The Hyperion Hotel Garmisch (previously known as Hotel Alpina Garmisch) is perfect for skiers. You can either walk a short 10 minutes to the lifts or they have their own shuttle that takes you as well. You can head to the Zugspitze or the Hausberg mountain in minutes.  If you still need to rent some gear, the Skiverleih Zugspitze rental shop is just down the hill from the hotel.  Click Here To Book Hyperion Hotel-Garmisch Partenkirchen

Aja Garmisch

ski hotels in germany

I actually just stayed at the Aja this December with my family and I couldn’t recommend it more! It was a 2 minute walk from the main train station and the hotel itself was a dream! The pool and spa area was so amazing and there was a great Saunahof to relax any ski legs after a long day. Hearty breakfasts were included to fuel up for a day on the slopes as well! For those wanting to ski on the Zugspitze, it was literally a 3 minute walk to the Zugspitzbahn from the hotel!

Oberammergau Ski Hotels

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Auszeit Apartments

Nothing beats feeling a little like you are at home even when traveling. I personally love having an apartment after a long day of skiing where I have a bit more space to toss my gear, and a kitchenette to make a warm meal to fill my hungry tummy. Add to all that the amenities of a sauna and hot tub and I just may never want to leave! The Auszeit Apartments have all of that AND just near perfect ratings and reviews!  Skiiers in particular love this location due to it’s proximity to the lifts:

  • Wanklifte Oberammergau – 500 m
  • Wanklift II – 500 m
  • Kolbensattelbahn – 500 m
  • Wanklift I – 500 m
  • Kolbenlift 2 T-bar – 900 m

However, because this accommodation is so popular, it books out well in advance, so don’t wait to lock in your room. Click Here To Book the Auszeit Apartments 

Park Hotel Sonnenhof

If you want to stay in a hotel rather than an apartment, look into the Park Hotel Sonnenhof, which is your classic Bavarian Alpine Hotel. Under the views of the mountains and next to the babbling river, the location of the Park Hotel Sonnenhof is just stunning and serene! The rooms are quite spacious for Germany standards and with a steam room and indoor pool, you’ll be able to let your muscles recover after skiing in Oberammergau. Click Here to Book the Oberammergau Sonnenhof 


Most people wanting ski in and ski out hotels in Brauneck are going to search for accommodation options in the town of Lenggries but that means that those get booked out well in advance, However, Bad Tölz is just about a 20 minute drive from the Brauneck Talstation making it another group town to look for hotels in. 

Hotel LandererMühle (Lenggries)

This hotel is just a few minutes away from the main Talstation for skiing making it an ideal location to stay. The hotel itself is classic Bavarian Alpine retreat and absolutely beautiful! There is a finnish sauna to relax in as well as a wonderful “quiet room.”  See Availability for Hotel LandererMühle 

Hotel Alpenhof (Bad Tölz)

Only about 15 minutes down the road from the Brauneck Talstation is the absolutely delightful town of Bad Tölz and it is hard to beat astay at the Hotel Alpenhof. The rooms are spacious, and clean, and with a  pool, sauna, steam bath, and hot tub you are sure to let your ski legs get ready for another day on the slopes! Due to the proximity and the fantastic reviews, Hotel Alpenhof often books out quite early, so don’t hesitate to book it if there is availability  Click Here To Book the Hotel Alpenhof (Bad Tölz)


Hotel Kühberg

When looking for ski hotels near Obertsdorf, the Hotel Kühberg just may be one of the best. Besides a fully and newly remodeled hotel, which is absolutely gorgeous, the Kühberg is known for it’s fabulous meals from their restaurant. While there is not a spa on sight, if pure relaxation after a day of skiing is your goal, be sure to book the room with it’s own sauna early. Also, you can always ask if they have any ski deals, as they often have packages where you can get full board with your room if you stay at least 2 nights and they may even offer discounts on ski passes to the Nebelhorn. 

Click Here To Book the Hotel Kühberg

Der Landhof

Feeling like you’ve got your own little mountain retreat, these apartments are a gem for skiers looking to a reprise from the hustel and bustle of the slopes. The apartments are so well maintained, decorated beautifully, and the view out to the mountains are just the icing on the Kuchen! However, with only 5 apartments available total, be sure to book in advanceClick Here to Book the Landhof Hotel Now

Oberjoch Bad Hindelang


Can you really beat infitiy pool views out over the mountains, regional food served daily, a true Bavarian ambiance and decor style and finally, saunas, steam baths, a hot tub and solarium!? Nothing like the perfect place to relax in while taking in the Alpine views after the perfect day on the slopes!! If you are feeling especially sore, be sure to get a massage from the wellness area on sight as well. Read the reviews and check out the gorgeous photos of Prinz Luitpold Bad Here

Bergzeit – Hotel & Appartements

You can barely be any closer to the slopes than the Bergzeit! Choose from other a room or even apartment style accommodation in this extremely popular hotel. The extremely well done rooms are clean, modern, and quite spacious. Of course, go for a dip in the indoor pool or hot tub and enjoy the sauna and steam room to relax. Click Here to Book the Bergzeit 


A lot of the best places to stay for skiing in Winterberg are actually going to be holiday apartments (Ferienwohnung).


This Ferienwohnung in Winterberg is just what you need. It has a full kitchen so you can prepare any meals you may want as well as ski storage right at the property. The apartment itself is very spacious, modern, and clean but what sets it apart for being an apartment stay is it’s own sauna to use after skiing for the day! If you are looking for a full house to rent out, you can’t beat the Vakantiehuiswinterberg house which has 6 bedrooms, 2 baths, full kitchen, ping pong, and don’t forget the private sauna!!!  Click Here To Book the WinterbergHome

Landhotel Fernsicht

If you would rather stay in a hotel in Winterberg, then check out the Landhotel Fernsicht where you are only 400 meters from the ski slopes. It’s no surprise it gets it’s fantastic reviews with the absolutely beautiful, bright, and modern rooms which overlooks the surrounding nature park.  Click Here To Book the Landhotel Fernsicht


Feldberg is a popular place to stay in the Black Forest in general, but a lot of ski novices and families love to come here in the winter to learn to ski. Take a look at all the hotels available in Feldberg here. 

Luxus-Ferienhaus Blockhaus Chalet 

There aren’t a ton of “Ski Chalets” in the typical sense that I think of them (there are PLENTY of holiday homes, hotels in the mountains, etc) but when I picture a Chalet, THIS is what I picture! The house is big enough for a group or a family and looks like it could come straight from a picturebook of ski chalets. You can use the sauna and you even have a hot tub to enjoy outside as well!  There are actually 3 chalets you can rent, so if one is already booked out, check out number 2 and number 3 for availability Click Here To Book the Luxus Ferienhaus

Literally meaning “Black Forest Heaven,” you can see why this accommodation in the Black Forest gets it’s raving reviews and rightly named name. In fact, in the winter, there is ski in/ski out access right from the home! You literally just need to leave the front door and BAM! You are on the slopes! You really can’t get more perfect that that.

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